Events

Granite's Compliance Workshop Series

 There is no fee to attend. Lunch and certificate of completion provided. 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12-1pm: Workshop Leader: TBD  Sign Up

Location: Granite Insurance Brokers (Main Conference Room) - 6600 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Drug Testing and Substance Abuse (For Private Employers) in the Workplace

What California employers need to know about drug testing.

We’ll cover best practices for:

  • Pre-Employment, Routine and Random Drug Testing
  • Adult Use of Marijuana Act
  • When Drug Testing is Permitted
  • Review of Sample Drug and alcohol-Free Workplace Policy

 

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 12-1pm: Workshop Leader: TBD  Sign Up

Location: Granite Insurance Brokers (Main Conference Room) - 6600 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Return to Work Program – Helping Injured Employees Return to Work & Why You Need A Program

Practical guidance under Workers' Compensation and Disability Rights Laws will be provided to help you get your injured employees back to work.

We’ll cover best practices for:

  • What is a Return to Work Program
  • Why implement a Return to Work Program
  • How Should a Return to Work Program be Implemented
  • Review of Sample Return to Work Program

 

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 12-1pm: Workshop Leader: TBD  Sign Up

Location: Granite Insurance Brokers (Main Conference Room) - 6600 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566

The Employee Handbook

No matter how large or small your organization might be, you can derive significant benefit from having a well-crafted employee handbook that spells out your policies.

We’ll cover best practices for:

  • Reasons for creating an employee handbook
  • How to create an effective employee handbook
  • Employers Rights to Change the employee handbook
  • Mandatory & recommended policies
  • Communicating your employee handbook  

 

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 12-1pm: Workshop Leader: TBD  Sign Up

Location: Granite Insurance Brokers (Main Conference Room) - 6600 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Employee Termination

There are certain key activities to perform and forms to fill out before, during and after a termination of an employee takes place. In addition, there are several different types of termination scenarios, and different laws and guidelines that apply to each.

We’ll cover best practices for:

  • How to avoid common mistakes
  • Avoiding wrongful termination Suits
  • Strategies to Protect your Company
  • Terminating At-Will Employees
  • Anti-discrimination, drug use and protected Activities

 

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 12-1pm: Workshop Leader: TBD  Sign Up

Location: Granite Insurance Brokers (Main Conference Room) - 6600 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Practical Ways to Cut Workers' Compensation Costs

We’ll cover best practices for:

  • Claims Management & Your Experience Modification
  • Safety Programs
  • Claims Analysis and Trends
  • Drug Testing, Pre/Post/Random
  • First Aid Programs

 

Past Granite Compliance Workshops

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 12-1pm: Barbara Trumbly 

Missed this workshop? View it here.

Master the Hiring Process: Efficient, Effective, Legally Compliant (This workshop features practical guidance on how to manage the hiring process, from creating an effective job description to utilizing appropriate interview questions and other selection procedures to make the best hiring decisions. Including 1099 vs W-2, and exempt vs non-exempt statuses).  Handouts provided, Q & A

Speaker

Barbara Trumbly has 20 years of diverse human resources and management experience that spans start-ups and established organizations. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development, and benefit management. Barbara has spent six years delivering consulting and outsourced human resources services to successful businesses throughout the Bay Area in various industries including high tech, insurance agencies, law firms, medical, marketing, and finance.

 

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 12-1pm: Julie Chendes and Tina Baumgartner

Missed this workshop? View it here.

Terminating Employees: A Guide to the Process Including Avoiding Common COBRA Mistakes (This workshop covers the termination process in detail, from making the decision to terminate an employee, to managing key legal issues relevant to termination, conducting the termination meeting, and satisfying post-termination obligations. such as COBRA.  We will also review how to avoid costly COBRA violations).  Handouts provided, Q & A

Speakers 

Julie Chendes, SPHR, has 23 years of HR experience, much of it in the high tech industry, although her consulting practice has encompassed work for small to mid-seized employers ranging from property management companies to medical clinics. Julie started Next Level Strategies 14 years ago. Next Level Strategies provides tactical and strategic support for all areas of Human Resources Management by the project or as a totally outsourced function.

Employers look to Tina Baumgartner as the person who translates complicated insurance jargon into easy to understand and meaningful concepts for their employees. As a result, the employees value their insurance and they value their employer. Using Technology and Transparency (The 2 T’s), Tina helps Employees increase their engagement with their Benefit Plans. She provides employers with solutions and resources to the new Health Care Compliance Obligations under the Affordable Care Act.

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 12-1pm: Julie Chendes

Missed this workshop? View it here.

Five Must Do’s for Employee Orientation and Onboarding (New employee orientation is an important piece of HR and employee management. In this workshop, we discuss practices for employee orientation and best practices when onboarding including  I-9 forms, employee handbooks, employee benefit booklets and other helpful onboarding tools).  Handouts provided, Q & A 

Speaker

Julie Chendes, SPHR, has 23 years of HR experience, much of it in the high tech industry, although her consulting practice has encompassed work for small to mid-seized employers ranging from property management companies to medical clinics. Julie started Next Level Strategies 14 years ago. Next Level Strategies provides tactical and strategic support for all areas of Human Resources Management by the project or as a totally outsourced function.

 

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 12-1pm: Workshop Leader: Pat Hennessy, Beere & Purves

Missed this workshop? View it here.

How Healthcare Legislative Changes Will Impact Your Company Learn the legislative and state changes to group health insurance, understand the impact to employees and families and learn what employees should know before and after open enrollment.  Handouts provided, Q & A

Speaker

Pat Hennessy, CEBS, 20 Years Insurance and Reinsurance sales experience in Medical, Dental, Vision, Long Term Care, and Life Insurance. Direct experience in generating and managing US sales for GE. 

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 12-1pm: Workshop Leader: Jeanine DeBacker, McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLP

Missed this workshop? View it here.

2018 California Employment Law Update Every year, the State of California and the Federal Government pass a slew of labor laws affecting businesses and their personnel policies and practices.  Employment law attorney Jeanine DeBacker will summarize the important laws, to help you stay compliant and limit potential exposure.  Handouts provided, Q & A

Speaker

Jeanine DeBacker counsels employers in all aspects of employment law on a day to day basis. She works with clients regarding leaves of absence, compensation, separations, and performance matters. Jeanine conducts engaging, interactive trainings regarding sexual harassment prevention, leaves of absence management, employee relations and crafts and reviews handbooks and policies and other communications. She vigorously defends employers in discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuits based on race, gender, disability and other protected classes. Jeanine helps employers resolve wage and hour problems such as unpaid overtime and breaks. And she practices ERISA / employee benefits law, helping plans with IRS and DOL audits and applying for voluntary correction programs.

 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 11-1pm: Workshop Leader: Jeanine DeBacker, McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLP

California Harassment Prevention Supervisors Training (AB 1825 and AB 20523) This workshop satisfies the AB 1825 and AB 2053 training requirements. State law requires California employers to provide Supervisors and Managers with 2 hours of interactive California sexual harassment prevention training and education every 2 years (CA Govt. Code Sec. 12950.1). The requirement covers employers with 50 or more employees or contractors in any 20 consecutive weeks in the current or preceding calendar year. There is no requirement that the 50 employees or contractors work at the same location or that all work or reside in California.

Speaker

Jeanine DeBacker counsels employers in all aspects of employment law on a day to day basis. She works with clients regarding leaves of absence, compensation, separations, and performance matters. Jeanine conducts engaging, interactive trainings regarding sexual harassment prevention, leaves of absence management, employee relations and crafts and reviews handbooks and policies and other communications. She vigorously defends employers in discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuits based on race, gender, disability and other protected classes. Jeanine helps employers resolve wage and hour problems such as unpaid overtime and breaks. And she practices ERISA / employee benefits law, helping plans with IRS and DOL audits and applying for voluntary correction programs.

 

Granite Holiday Celebration 12.2017

Granite had a great Holiday celebration at Garre Vineyards in Livermore, CA and at our office in Pleasanton, CA. Thank you to those who showed up to our potluck! We enjoyed having you with us. 

Granite Holiday Collage 2017

 

Take Your Dog to Work Day 6.23.17

Granite Insurance Brokers participated in National Take Your Dog to Work Day! We celebrated the love and joy that dogs (big & small) bring to our lives. Check out our furry friends below. Woof!

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Granite Insurance Brokers' Bocce Ball Tournament 6.22.16

Granite Insurance Brokers went on another FUN company outing at Campo Di Bocce. There was a lot of friendly competition going on that day. The weather was great and the sun was shining bright! Everyone indulged in an amazing variety of refreshing beverages, pizza, and, OH! Can't forget the delicious appetizers. ;) Mmm... I can taste the fried ravioli right now... 

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Granite Insurance Brokers' First Annual Bowling Tournament

Granite Insurance Brokers celebrated their employees with an employee appreciate event at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon at the bowling alley, cheering each other on, team bonding and enjoying good food and drinks.

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Granite Insurance Brokers’ 20th Anniversary and Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

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Granite Insurance Brokers – Granite Insurance Brokers celebrated their 20th year anniversary in October as one of the leading insurance brokerage and risk management firms serving a variety of businesses nationwide. Granite Insurance also hosted a “Party for a Cause” benefiting “The Great American NO BULL Challenge,” which is an organization empowering students to stand up against bullying and to promote leadership, social justice, and digital responsibility through the magic of filmmaking (www.nobullchallenge.org). One hundred percent of the proceeds raised at the event went toward NO BULL Challenge. In addition, Granite is launching its new Affordable Care Act Compliant Employee Benefits Administration software, Granite HealthPro. Check it out at www.granitehealthpro.com

 

Granite Insurance Brokers’ 20th Anniversary and Party for a Cause

Hello,

Thank you very much for attending and/or contributing to Granite Insurance Brokers’ 20th Anniversary and Party for a Cause on October 9. I am so grateful to have you as part of our Granite Insurance family. If you missed it, please check out a few of the photos that I’ve included below.

This was truly a special night for me and my family as it also gave us the opportunity to support the Great American NO BULL Challenge, the non-profit organization I founded in 2010, in response to a bullying episode my daughter experienced in high school.

Through the creation of short films, public service announcements and free educational resources, NO BULL helps eliminate bullying, and promotes leadership, social action and digital citizenship for students all around the world.

You’ll be pleased to know that our first ever Party for a Cause was a resounding success! We raised $40,000.00 of which every penny was directly donated to the cause!  We could not have done it without YOU and all of our sponsors, contributors and event participants.

With deep appreciation,

Shawn Edgington, CIC

President, Granite Insurance Brokers

Founder, The Great American NO BULL Challenge

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