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Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Who’s Sitting at the Table?

Speaker: Curt Vondrasek, Vice President, MarshBerry

Ensuring you have the right individuals, in the right seats, requires a comprehensive (and continual) strategy.  This session focuses on talent acquisition opportunities and challenges that can present themselves throughout the year.

10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Protect Your Clients from Being the Next Headline

Speaker: Laura Kerekes, Chief Knowledge Officer, ThinkHR

The news headlines continue to spill over into American workplaces, from the #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NeverAgain movements targeting workplace harassment and active shooter/workplace violence to LGBTQIA rights, gender pay equality, legalized marijuana, and employee clicks causing cybersecurity breaches. These issues have always been risk management imperatives, and the stakes continue to increase. Companies must not only have prevention plans in place but be ready to manage situations as they arise.

This session will focus on the hot topics in the news, how they impact employers, and what can be done to minimize risks associated with these issues. Prevention and response topics will include:

1. Assessing workplace risks and practices for each type of issue
2. Reviewing employment practices to be compliant with laws that include less federal regulation and increased state oversight
3. Updating workplace safety protocols
4. Creating processes for swift and complete management of investigations
5. Training employees and management teams
6. Managing responses to security and safety breaches

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Brave New World: Independent Contractors After Dynamex & Critical New Labor Laws

Speaker: John Baum, Partner, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP

Legal expert John Baum will discuss the brave new world for California businesses and the future of independent contractors in the Golden State after the Dynamex decision by the state Supreme Court. In addition, Baum will discuss other new labor and employment laws that independent insurance agents and brokers need to know in 2019.

11:00 to 12:00 p.m.

Cybersecurity -- Let's Get Personal

Speaker: Chris Rose, Partner, Ariento Inc.

In this presentation we take a look at cybersecurity from an individual, personal point of view, and answer the questions that pop into our heads every time we read about a new hack or breach: What responsibility do businesses have to protect my information? How do I know if I’m secure? How do I know if I’ve been hacked? How can I tell my IT folks know what they are doing? What can/should I be doing to protect myself? My business?



Thursday, November 8th, 2018

10 to 10:30 a.m.

Experience Rating in California - What’s Now? What’s Next?

Speaker: Dave Bellusci, Executive Vice President & Chief Actuary, WCIRB

Update on the ERP Changes, WCIRB X-Mod Estimator Training & What to Expect for 2019.  Join WCIRB Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary, Dave Bellusci, as he outlines the effects of the Experience Rating Plan changes and what these changes will mean for employers in 2019.  Also learn how to effectively use the WCIRB X-Mod Estimator.

10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Now What? First Impressions On The 2018 National & California Elections

Steve Young, Senior VP & General Counsel, IIABCal
Erin Norwood, Lobbyist, IIABCal
Charles Symington, Senior VP of External, Industry & Government Affairs, IIABA

State and national legislative and regulatory experts will provide their first impressions on what California independent insurance agents and brokers can expect from the new Congress, the new California Legislature, Governor and Insurance Commissioner and how these political changes might impact your business and the business of your clients.