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CEAC Annual Conference May 2019 -"Navigating Your Course"

California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 3:00 PM - Friday, May 3, 2019 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

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CEAC Annual Conference May 2019 - "Navigating Your Course"

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Conference Registration: 3:00 pm -7:00 pm

Welcome Hospitality - "Meet the Crew - Bonfire on the Beach" - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hosted by Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR)has graciously offered to host this pre-conference event.  Beverages and light snacks will be served in a private area on Wednesday evening.  Join your fellow employers and EAC/CEAC members for networking and comradery before the conference begins.                              

 Thursday, May 2, 2019

Conference Registration:   7:00 am - 9:30 am

Hot Breakfast and Exhibits:   7:00 am - 8:00 am 

Welcome and Opening Remarks from John Bottari, CEAC President    8:00 am- 8:15 am

Keynote Presentation: - "Message in a Bottle: Avoid Unconscious Bias" -  James W. Potts, JD, CEO, Potts & Associates, LLC:       8:15 am - 9:15 am 

James W. Potts is a 35 year HR professional, Juris Doctorate, expert witness, LA Talk readio host, author, former Master Teacher and Reserve Captain with the Sheriff’s Department. He fights on behalf of employers in front of the EEOC, DFEH, DLSE, DOL, EDD, and other agencies. Mr. Potts has a B.A. in history and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles Law School. He is a certified mediator and expert witness specializing in employment law and workplace rights.

Workshop Sessions - A total of 6 workshop sessions will be offered and 1 all day EAC Coordinator workshop. Attendees may select 3 workshops of their choice. Please indicate the workshops you would like to attend on the registration form when purchasing your conference.  EAC Coordinators will attend an all day workshop.

SESSION 1:  9:30 am - 11:00 am - Choose One Workshop                                            

  • Chart Your Way to Compliance: 1-9 Updates & E-Verify Rules & Regulations - John Ordunez, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Calm Water Awaits: Understand the Intersection of Leave Laws: - Amber Solano, AALRR                             
  • For EDD Staff Only:    EAC Coordinator Workshop: - Rick Macias, EDD/CEAC State Coordinator

Break/Exhibits/Veterans Luncheon Registration                          11:00 am - 11:15 am 

CEAC Veterans Employer of the Year Luncheon                   11:15 am - 12:45 pm

The California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC) Veterans Employer of the Year Awards recognize employers who consistently demonstrate positive policies toward U.S. Veterans in hiring and promotion, as well as through employee retention efforts, ongoing training, and benefits. 

Employer winners will be honored at the 2019 CEAC Conference during the CEAC Veterans Employer of the Year Awards ceremony.

Break/Exhibits 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

SESSION 2: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Choose One Workshop                                    

  • All Hands on Deck: Addressing Inequities in the Workplace - Paul Fleck, AALRR
  • Neptune's Solution: Conflict Resolution  - Carol Marzouk, Leadership N Soul
  • For EDD Staff Only:  EAC Coordinator Workshop - Rick Macias, EDD/CEAC State Coordinator

Break/Exhibits 2:30 pm - 2:45pm

SESSION 3: 2:45 pm - 3:45pm - Choose One Workshop                                            

  • Calling all BuccaneersCommon, but Sticky Workplace Scenarios with Real Life Solutions -   William M. Betley, AALRR 
  • Get Out of the Doldrums: Set Sail Toward Successful HR Audits - James W. Potts, JD CEO. Potts & Associates
  • For EDD Staff Only:  EAC Coordinator Workshop, Rick Macias, EDD/CEAC State Coordinator  

Break/Exhibits 3:45 pm - 4:00pm

Closing Session - Employment Law Update: Captain your Organization to SuccessWilliam M. Betley, AALRR                                                         4:00 pm - 5:00 pm             

There have been several changes over the past year that you need to be aware of and understand. Hear about lessons learned from 2018 and employment compliance trends for 2019. Topics that will be highlighted include such topical trends as the compensation crisis, discrimination, new legislation and case law with practical applications to avoid potential penalties and employer liability in the coming year.

Break 5:00 pm 0- 6:00 pm

CEAC Awards and Recognition Program - 6:00pm (during Thursday dinner)  

The CEAC will recognize those nominees who were selected to receive recognition for Distinguished Service, Outstanding EAC Chair, Outstanding EAC Coordinator, Outstanding EAC, and Outstanding Veterans Committee. All nominees have made California and their community a better place as a result of their leadership, dedication, and hard work. 

Thursday will conclude with dinner and raffle

Friday, May 3, 2019

Hot Breakfast and Networking   8:00 am  -  9:00am 

Regional Meeting Breakout Sessions   9:00 am - 10:00am 

Break and Hotel Check out   10:00 am - 10:15am 

CEAC Business Meeting 10:15 am - 12pm

The annual CEAC business meeting provides attendees with the opportunity to meet and interact with the CEAC Executive Board.  

This session will be presented by the CEAC President and the Executive Board.

12:00 pm: 2019 Conference Adjourned


EACs or businesses may wish to participate in the CEAC Sponsorship Program and can make a donation to the CEAC at various sponsorship levels (see below) throughout the year. Sponsorships assist the CEAC financially and depending on the sponsorship level, EACs or businesses can receive up to four conference registrations for the annual conference.

Sponsorship Level Amounts

Diamond – $4,500

Sponsor certificate

  • Full registration for 4 people at the CEAC Annual Conference

 Platinum – $2,500

 Sponsor certificate

  • Full registration for 2 people at the CEAC Annual Conference

 Golden – $1500 - $2,499

 Sponsor certificate

  • Full registration for 1 person at the CEAC Annual Conference  

 Silver – $751- $1,499

Sponsor certificate

  • 50% discount for 1 person at the CEAC Annual Conference

Bronze – $500 to $750

Sponsor certificate

  • 25% discount for 1 person at the CEAC Annual Conference

Honorary – $100 to $499

Sponsor Certificate

  • 15% discount for 1 person at the CEAC Annual Conference


  • “California Employer Advsiory Council (EAC) is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.”
  • “This program is valid for 6.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit”



  • “This activity has been approved for 6.0 HR (General)recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).
  • “The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit."

 Sponsored by the California Employer Advisory Council and the Employment Development Department.

Have questions about CEAC Annual Conference May 2019 -"Navigating Your Course"? Contact California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC)

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 3:00 PM - Friday, May 3, 2019 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

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California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC)

The CEAC is organized into eight geographic regions, each represented by a regional vice president (RVP). The RVPs provide the connection to the local EACs and CEAC. The CEAC board consists of four executive officers (president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary), eight RVPs, appointed committee chairpersons, and the CEAC Coordinator from the EDD.

The CEAC is affiliated with organizations such as the California Chamber of Commerce, the EDD Small Business Employer Advisory Committee and Labor Market Information Advisory Group, and Governor’s Small Business Advocate’s Office, and others.

The CEAC and the EDD co-sponsor an annual conference that brings together the EACs located throughout the state. The conference features keynote speakers and workshops covering valuable information that can help you succeed.

Employer Advisory Councils

The EACs are run by volunteers from the local employer community who represent a wide variety of industries. Each EAC is assigned a local EDD staff person who assists with the operations of the EAC and promotes EDD programs and services. Access and outreach to employers by way of the EACs helps the EDD identify ways to improve its services while employers gain greater awareness of EDD services.

The EACs also support local workforce development efforts, sponsor veterans’ outreach programs, and provide scholarships to local youth

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