CALIFORNIA FARM LABOR CONTRACTOR ASSOCIATION

"Providing Jobs That Feed The World"

Schedule & Session Information

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Tuesday, November 17

 8:00-8:50am

Coffee with a Cal/OSHA Defense Attorney

Lost in a bewildering maze of federal, state, county, and local directives regarding COVID-19, wildfire smoke, heat illness prevention, and other regulations? Participate in this interactive discussion with an attorney focusing on Cal/OSHA inspections and citations. Bring your questions and learn how to navigate challenges posed by the increasingly aggressive Cal/OSHA enforcement and avoid potentially severe consequences.

Presenter:  Lisa Prince- Principal, The Prince Firm

 9:00-9:50am

Reducing Your Exposure to PAGA and Class Action Claims

This session will explain the nuts and bolts of the CA Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and the overlap with wage and hour class action claims. Understanding the interplay of these types of claims, common violations, and the remedies available is critical to protect your business from costly legal claims.

Presenter: Jim Gumberg- Partner, Patane Gumberg Avila LLP

 9:00-9:50am

Effective Internal Investigations: Harassment & Other Incidents

Whether it's a claim of harassment, bullying, discrimination, work injury, or other complaint from employees, it's critical for employers to manage an equitable resolution before problems escalate. This session will share best practices in conducting thorough investigations, thoughtful management, and effective internal communication techniques to help prevent costly and time consuming claims against you and your company.

Presenter: Adrian Hoppes- Senior Associate, Mckague Rosasco LLP

 9:00-9:50am

Navegando el Programa de Visa H-2A

Sesión solo en vivo - no será grabado

El programa de visas H-2A ofrece una opción para ayudar empleadores agrícolas que luchan con la escasez de mano de obra, pero puede ser complejo y costoso. Esta sesión desentrañará los requisitos, el proceso, interrupciones relacionadas con COVID-19, y mejores prácticas a considerar para complementar su fuerza laboral. Descubra si el programa se adapta a sus necesidades, las últimas actualizaciones, y cómo evitar errores costosas.

Patrocinado por Aztec Foreign Labor

Presentadores

Dax Deason- Founding Attorney, Deason Law

Ruben Lugo- Western Region Ag Enforcement Coordinator, DOL Wage & Hour Divison

 10:00-10:50am

Business Planning & Development for FLCs

FLCs must continually evolve business planning and strategies to be able to grow and remain successful in this ever-changing industry. Don’t rely on plain luck to help get you through; learn from tenured ag professionals about the most important considerations and steps needed to plan a sustainable future.

Presenters

Blanca Wright- CFO, Renteria Vineyard Management

Peter Nissen- Nissen Vineyard Services
 10:00-10:50am

Managing Complex Leaves of Absence Requirements

Paid Family Leave, sick leave, pregnancy leave, and now expanded federal sick leave for COVID-19; the regulations under a variety of state and federal laws are complex and changing. Understand the latest on what is available, required, and recommended to be prepared when employee indicates they need time off.

Sponsored by Ag Health Benefits Alliance

Presenter: Adrian Hoppes- Senior Associate, McKague Rosasco LLP

 10:00-10:50am

Preparándose para 2021: Nuevas Leyes y Regulaciones

Cada año implementan leyes nuevas junto con nuevas interpretaciones de regulaciones pasadas desde el gobernador, la legislatura, los reguladores, y el sistema judicial. Después de todos los desafíos de este año, prepárese para 2021 entendiendo las reglas nuevas y cómo se aplican a usted; desde horas extras y salario mínimo hasta cómo las reglas de COVID-19 pueden continuar en el año que viene, y más.

Presentadora: Anais Mora- Abogada Asociada, Patane Gumberg Avila LLP

 11:00-11:50am

Adjusting to Changing Farm Worker Overtime Rules

As farm worker regular pay quickly moves from ten to eight hours per day, employers struggle to remain within budget, meet production, and satisfy the needs of workers. With a range of possible strategies, what may seem like a good option can lead to legal trouble. This interactive session will explore solutions to get the job done.

Presenters

Erica Rosasco- Partner, McKague Rosasco LLP

Chuck Herrin- Owner, Sunrise Farm Labor INC

 11:00-11:50am

Cal/OSHA Updates: COVID-19 and Other Challenges

This year presented many safety compliance challenges and new regulations. From COVID-19 to wildfire smoke, night work requirements to injury reporting changes; understanding guidelines can help keep workers safe and productive, prevent adverse action by Cal/OSHA, and reduce employer liabilities. Start 2021 with this expert analysis of industry best practices and regulations to keep essential businesses running safely, effectively, and in compliance.

Presenter: William Krycia, MPH, CIH- Senior Safety & Health Consultant, Zenith Insurance

 11:00-11:50am

Seguridad de Pesticidas en Trabajos Agrícolas

Pesticidas son excelentes herramientas, pero pueden crear una variedad de problemas para empleadores y sus trabajadores si no siguen las regulaciones. Esta sesión repasará temas críticos de seguridad, licencias y registro, capacitación de trabajadores, emergencias médicas, y violaciones comunes. Conozca sus responsabilidades, el papel del Comisionado de Agricultura del Condado, y cómo mantener el cumplimiento.

Presentadores

Jose Chang- Monterey County Assistant Agricultural Commissioner

Alex Cadenas- Outreach & Education Specialist, California Department of Pesticide Regulation

11:50am-12:05pm

Take a 15-minute break after a morning full of expert analyses and insights and bring lunch to enjoy with our premier keynote speaker.

 12:05-12:50pm

The Intersection of Politics and Agriculture

Dave Puglia- CEO & President of Western Growers

Presentado con traducción simultánea

 1:00-1:50pm

Tech Solutions: Payroll & Recordkeeping

Decrease stress and simplify payroll while saving time by taking advantage of new technologies. Learn about modern solutions to stay in compliance and avoid the pitfalls of costly wage and hour claims. Explore this brave new world of evolving technology and how it can help your bottom line.

Presenters

Rhonda May- President/CEO, Reliable Business Technology, INC.

Mike Dodson- CEO, Pago

 1:00-1:50pm

Building Your Workforce: Recruitment & Retention

How do companies find and keep good employees? In a tight labor market attracting, properly selecting, and retaining talent is more critical than ever. Learn the best practices to leverage strong recruiting and retention strategies to help you be the employer of choice in today’s changing workforce environment.

Presenter: Lourdes Gonzalez- Director of Human Resources, Gowan Group

 1:00-1:50pm

Actualizaciones de Cal/OSHA: COVID-19 y Otros Retos

Este año presentó muchos desafíos con cumplimiento de seguridad y nuevas regulaciones. Desde COVID-19 hasta humo de incendios forestales, requisitos de trabajo nocturno hasta cambios en notificación de lesiones; comprender las pautas puede ayudar a mantener trabajadores seguros y productivos, prevenir acciones adversas por parte de Cal/OSHA y reducir las obligaciones legales del empleador. Comience 2021 con este análisis experto de las regulaciones y mejores practicas de la industria para mantener empresas esenciales funcidonando de manera segura, efectiva, y en cumplimiento de las leyes.

Presentadora: Diana Tejeda-Guzman-Senior Safety & Health Consultant, Zenith Insurance

 2:00-2:50pm

Perspectives on Cannabis as a Business Opportunity

The legal cannabis industry continues to grow- what was once black market is now a legitimate industry with many players, large and small, and a slew of special regulations. Learn from those in the business about the opportunities, and liabilities, involved in legal cannabis operations.

Sponsored by Preferred Employers Insurance & DLL Insurance

Presenters

Dana Eagle- Administrative Licensing Manager, CA Dept. of Food & Agriculture CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing

Kisha Hammond- TGC Enterprises

 2:00-2:50pm

Managing Field Access & Regulatory Agency Inspections

ICE, DOL, Labor Commissioner, OSHA, EDD, law enforcement, unions, or even the CRLA can visit at any time and how you respond can drastically change your potential liability.  Employers have suffered costly citations due to lack of preparation- most could be avoided with proper field access training. Know your rights and obligations, employee rights, and how to respond to each of these unique scenarios.

Presenter: Erica Rosasco- Partner, McKague Rosasco LLP

 2:00-2:50pm

Creciendo su Fuerza Laboral: Contratación y Retención

¿Cómo se encuentra y mantenga buenos empleados? Con la escasez de mano de obra en la agricultura atraer, seleccionar apropiadamente, y retener el talento es más crítico que nunca. Conozca las mejores prácticas para aprovechar las mejores estrategias de contratación y retención que lo pueden ayuden a ser el empleador preferido en un entorno laboral cambiante.

Presentadora: Lourdes Gonzalez- Director of Human Resources, Gowan Group


Wednesday, November 18

 8:20-8:50am

CFLCA Annual Membership Meeting

Closed to the public

with Blanca Wright, CFLCA Board of Directors President

Director of Administration, Renteria Vineyard Management

9:00-9:50am

Preparing for 2021: New Laws & Regulations

Each year new laws are implemented along with new interpretations of past regulations, from the governor, legislature, regulators, and judiciary system. After all the challenges this year, prepare for 2021 by understanding the new rules and how they apply to you; from overtime and minimum wage to how COVID-19 rules may continue into the new year, and more.

Presenter: Pat Moody- Attorney at Law, Barsamian & Moody

 9:00-9:50am

Navigating the H-2A Visa Program

Live session only - will not be recorded

The H-2A visa program offers an option to help agricultural employers struggling with labor shortages but can be complex and costly. This session will unravel the requirements, process, COVID-19 related disruptions, and best practices to consider for supplementing your workforce. Learn if the program fits your needs, the latest updates, and how to avoid expensive pitfalls.

Sponsored by Ganaz

Presenters

Dax Deason- Founding Attorney, Deason Law

Ruben Lugo- Western Region Ag Enforcement Coordinator, DOL Wage & Hour Divison
9:00-9:50am

Manejando Acceso al Campo y Inspecciones de Agencias Reguladoras

ICE, DOL, el Comisionado Laboral, OSHA, EDD, las fuerzas del orden público, los sindicatos o incluso la CRLA pueden visitar en cualquier momento y la forma en que responda puede cambiar drásticamente su responsabilidad potencial. Los empleadores han sufrido infracciones costosas debido a la falta de preparación- la mayoría podría evitarse con capacitación de acceso al campo. Conozca sus derechos y obligaciones, los derechos de los empleados y cómo responder a cada uno de estas situaciones únicas.

Presentadora: Cosme Saul Sanchez- Consultant, TRAIN LLC

 10:00-10:50am

Managing Workers' Comp Through COVID-19 and Beyond

The pandemic has further complicated the world of workers’ compensation with a new state law, executive order, and increased claims with rates expected to increase. Know what to expect in the coming year; understand your rights and responsibilities; and learn strategies to help control costs and reduce fraud or litigation.

Presenter: David Parker- Attorney/Founding Shareholder, Parker Kern Nard & Wenzel
 10:00-10:50am

Finance Fundamentals & Strategies for FLCS

Take advantage of this expert perspective with strategies and best practices for small or new businesses. From payroll and bookkeeping checks and balances to financial statements when considering a loan, know how to build a strong foundation and plan for future growth.

Presenter: Lori Reich- President & Founder, Reich and Associates

 10:00-10:50am

Desarrollando Supervisores para Administrar la Fuerza Laboral Moderna

Supervisores son fundamentales para la gestión eficaz y en cumplimiento, y pueden crear efectos duraderos tras toda la organización. Supervisores buenos deben ser desarrollados, y la supervisión deficiente puede generar trabajadores insatisfechos, costosas demandas legales, y altas tasas de rotación. Aprenda técnicas de motivación, delegación, desarrollo de equipos, y administración del tiempo tanto para los recién asignados como los supervisores experimentados que buscan mejorar y sobresalir en su puesto.

Presentadora: Lourdes Gonzalez- Director of Human Resources, Gowan Group

 11:00-11:50am

Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

& Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Update

Federal programs offer relief from the financial impacts of COVID-19 but the funds must be used appropriately and expenditures documented. This session will address how to maximize Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness, the forgiveness application process, acceptable uses for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) proceeds, and your questions.

Presenter: Robert Gray- Owner, CPM, LLC

  11:00-11:50am

Harassment Prevention Training Requirements for FLCs and Growers

Recent laws have significantly changed sexual harassment, retaliation, and LGBTQ training requirements. This session will clarify the implications for FLCs and Growers on requirements for supervisors, non-supervisors, penalties for non-compliance, best practices for reporting/record keeping, and how proper training and management can help protect workers and the company.

Presenter: Susan Hatmaker- Attorney, Hatmaker Law Group

  11:00-11:50am

Preparación y Manejo de COVID-19

¿Abrumado por las directrices cambiantes para COVID-19 proveniente de todas las direcciones a nivel federal, estatal y local? Obtenga una explicación sencilla de los derechos y responsabilidades fundamentales de empleadores agrícolas en la gestión de COVID-19 y los impactos que la pandemia ha tenido en el lugar de trabajo. La sesión destacará las áreas que presentan un alto riesgo de responsabilidad y/o exposición, beneficios de la capacitación/gestión, y mejores prácticas para mantenerse actualizado y cumpliendo.

Presentador: Guadalupe Sandoval- Executive Director, California Farm Labor Contractor Association

 11:50am-12:05pm

Take a 15-minute break after a morning full of expert analyses and insights and bring lunch to enjoy with our premier keynote speaker.

 12:05-12:50pm

Border Policy: Impacts on Agricultural Labor

Ambassador Carlos González Gutiérrez- Consul General of Mexico in San Diego

Presentado con traducción simultánea

 1:00-1:50pm

Pesticide Safety for Farm Workers

Pesticides are great tools but can create a range of problems for employers and their workforce when regulations are not followed. This session will review critical safety issues, licensing and registration, fieldworker training, emergency medical care, and common violations. Know your responsibilities, the role of County Agricultural Commissioner, and how to maintain compliance.

Presenters

Jose Chang- Monterey County Assistant Agricultural Commissioner

Alex Cadenas- Outreach & Education Specialist, California Department of Pesticide Regulation

  1:00-1:50pm

COVID-19 Preparedness & Management

Overwhelmed by the shifting COVID-19 guidance coming from all directions at federal, state, and local levels? Get a straightforward explanation of ag employers’ core rights and responsibilities in managing COVID-19 and impacts the pandemic has had in the workplace. The session will highlight areas that pose high risk for liability and/or exposure, the benefits of training/management, and best practices to stay current and compliant.

Presenter: Seth Mehrten- Attorney, Barsamian & Moody

  1:00-1:50pm

Motivando e Incrementando el Desempeño del Equipo

Supervisores y líderes empresas desempeñan un papel fundamental fomentando el compromiso y desempeño de los empleados, o su falta. Proporcionar ambientes que fomenten la confianza y apoyo, culturas que despierten orgullo en la empresa, y empresas que respeten valores compartidos son fundamentales para un entorno de excelencia. Esta sesión analizará lo que impulsa el rendimiento junto con estrategias de gestión individuales y de la empresa entera para respaldar el rendimiento incluso en tiempos difíciles.

Presentadora: Tina Huff- Chief People Officer, Duncan Family Farms

 2:00-2:50pm

Joint Employment Liabilities & Best Practices

The Grower-FLC relationship goes beyond a traditional business affiliation and presents opportunities as well as potential liabilities for both parties. Under California law Growers and FLCs have been jointly cited by regulatory agencies and jointly sued. Learn how to reduce shared risks and maximize mutual benefit by recognizing potential liabilities in joint employment relationships.

Presenters

Bryan Little- Chief Operating Officer, Farm Employers Labor Service

Jeff Wenger- Hancock Farmland Services

  2:00-2:50pm

Motivating and Improving Team Performance

Supervisors and company leaders play essential roles in fostering employee engagement and performance- or a lack thereof. Providing environments that encourage trust and support, cultures that stir company pride, and companies that respect shared values are all critical to an environment of excellence. This session will look into what drives performance along with key company-wide and individual management strategies to support performance even during difficult times.

Presenter: Tina Huff- Chief People Officer, Duncan Family Farms

  2:00-2:50pm

Requisitos para Contratistas y Rancheros:

Capacitación para la Prevención del Acoso

Leyes recientes han cambiado significativamente los requisitos de capacitación sobre acoso sexual, represalias, y LGBTQ. Esta sesión aclarará las implicaciones para los contratistas de campo y los productores sobre los requisitos para supervisores, no supervisores, informes, y cómo la capacitación y administración adecuada puede ayudar a proteger trabajadores y la empresa.

Presentadores

Guadalupe Sandoval- Executive Director, CFLCA

Kimberly Yamilett Prado- PhD Student, UC Davis


Thank you to our Ag Labor Forum Sponsors

Your generous support helps us bring essential programing to the FLC and agricultural community





 
 
 
 
 



McKague Rosasco LLP Nissen Vineyard Services
Relation Insurance
The Prince Firm

U.C. Davis Western Center for

Agricultural Health and Safety

 

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