Learn About How to Avoid The Employer’s Achilles Heel

Learn About How to Avoid The Employer’s Achilles Heel

Supervisors are an employer’s first line of defense against employment related claims and lawsuits. A well-trained supervisor can lower an employer’s risk of being involved in litigation and set the stage for the successful defense of claims that do arise. In addition, a well-trained supervisor is critical to creating and promoting a happy, productive work environment for employees.The Sacramento Employer Advisory Council (SEAC) invites you and your supervisors to join local employment experts to discuss relevant issues and topics including:

  • The top 10 legal mistakes made by supervisors;
  • Responding to injuries, needs for accommodations and leaves of absence;
  • Performance, feedback & discipline;
  • The risks and benefits of supervisor documentation (and the fine line between saying too much or too little); and

Preventing and responding to harassment (and other EEO) complaints (a great way to get in mandatory supervisor training) AB 1825 compliant.


Our Speakers: Deborah Maddux is a Shareholder with Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation. She is a legal expert in employment law and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is an experienced trainer and provides training to all levels of management on a variety of legal issues, including sexual harassment prevention. Her trainings focus on best practices and practical approaches and solutions.

Eli Makus is a Partner with Ellis Buehler Makus LLP. His practice focuses on helping employers prevent employment law claims. Having served as both outside litigation counsel and in-house employment counsel, Mr. Makus understands the importance of partnering with business leaders to identify legal risks and develop creative solutions before claims arise. He regularly trains managers, executives and Human Resources professionals on employment law topics.

Vida L. Thomas is an AV-rated attorney who has practiced employment law for over 20 years. She has recently joined Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin as Of-Counsel and will head up the Firm’s workplace investigations unit.  She began her career at Kronick Moskovitz as an employment litigator and then co-founded Carlsen Thomas, LLP, which was one of the go-to-firms in Sacramento for over a decade for workplace investigations and training.  Ms. Thomas advises employers regarding all aspects of employment law and human resources management. Also, as the Co-Chair of the Association of Workplace Investigators (“AOWI”) Committee on Best Practices, Ms. Thomas helped develop AOWI’s “best practices” framework for workplace investigations.


When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 7:30 am – 2:45 pmContinental breakfast will be provided; Light lunch provided to attendees participating in both sessionsWhere:

Sacramento State Alumni Center, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819


Parking is available adjacent to the Alumni Center, parking fee is included in the registration fee. Watch your email the week of the workshop to receive an electronic parking permit. Print the permit and display on your dashboard the day of the workshop.


7:30 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks, Krista Dunzweiler, SEAC Chair

8:10 a.m.  SESSION ONE – Top 10 Legal Mistakes by Supervisors

9:10 a.m.  Responding to Injuries, Needs for Accommodations and Leaves of Absence: What Supervisors Need to Know (and Remember)

10:10 a.m. Break

10:20 a.m.  Performance Feedback & Discipline

11:10 a.m. The Risks and Benefits of Supervisor Documentation

12:00 p.m. Questions and Answers

12:15 p.m. SESSION TWO*/Lunch Break – Box lunches provided to attendees participating in both sessions

12:45 p.m. Preventing and Responding to Harassment (and other EEO) Complaints. AB 1825 compliant.

2:45 p.m. Program Concludes

The Cost: Members: $125 for both sessions; $90 for Session 1    $50 for Session 2

Non-members: $175 for both sessions; $125 for Session 1  $75 for Session 2

*No on-site registration will be accepted. *No refunds after: December 1, 2014.  *HRCI Credits Pending Approval

How to Register:

Register and pay online with a credit card at: www.saceac.com or by calling SEAC’s administrator, Melissa Ford, at (916) 484-4647.

We hope to see you there!


Limited Membership Special
Join SEAC in October for HALF PRICE!Benefits of becoming a member include:

  • Discounted prices on SEAC meetings and workshop events.
  • Staying current with changes in employment law through expert speakers at general membership meetings.
  • Free teleconferences on new developments in state and federal employment laws.
  • Saving time and money by learning better ways to use EDD’s recruiting, interviewing, and placement services.
  • Networking with other business professionals.
  • Having a direct link to EDD’s staff through the SEAC EDD representatives.
  • Participating in the recognition program for employers who hire and train veterans.

Contact Melissa at 916-484-4647 or admin@saceac.com to join/renew.

Membership Levels:

Corporate Membership

is $110.00 (special price this month only $55.00) per year and applies to all employees within the company.

Individual Membership

is $70.00 (special price this month only $35.00) per year and applies to sole proprietorships or individuals.

Non-Profit Membership

is $90.00 (special price this month is $45.00) per year and applies to all employees within the company.

Click here for our Membership Application




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