Events

Granite's Compliance Workshop Series

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

Location:
Granite Insurance Brokers
6600 Koll Center Parkway Suite 100
Pleasanton CA, 94566

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

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, October 26, 2017, 12-1pm: Julie Chendes  Sign Up

Ten Low Cost/No Cost Benefits for Building Employee Satisfaction and Communications (A satisfied workforce may be more motivated, productive, and loyal… all of which are essential to your success. Of course, paying your employees well is one obvious way to build satisfaction and loyalty, but when raises and bonuses aren’t in the immediate budget, there are plenty of alternatives that won’t damage your bottom line. In this workshop, learn about ways to build  employee satisfaction, loyalty and successful ideas to increase employee engagement).  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, December 7, 2017, 12-1pm: Workshop Leader: Jeanine DeBacker, McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLP  Sign Up

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: Attorney Jeanine DeBacker, McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLP  Sign Up

California Harassment Prevention Supervisors Training (AB 1825 and AB 20523) This mandated California Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors and Managers satisfies the AB 1825 and AB 2053 training requirements. Handouts & Certification 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.

 

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

Teamwork, Engaging and Retaining Your Workforce (Presentation includes differences between Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers, and the impact of retiring workforce).  This workshop will help you understand the importance of employee engagement for everyone, the 4 drivers of happiness and engagement,  how to create emotional commitment among all of your direct reports, and The Five dysfunctions of a Team – the world’s most definitive source on practical information for building teams.  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.

 

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.

 

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.

  

 

Past Conferences for 2015

IPPA Sales & Marketing

March 4-6, 2015

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

CalSHRM 2015 California State Legislative and HR Conference  

April 8-10, 2015

Sacramento, California

 

TPG Annual Conference

May 6-8, 2015

Phoenix, Arizona

 

AVON39 Walk - CLICK HERE to learn more

July 11-12, 2015
San Francisco, California

 

IPPA Business Excellence Conference

August 5-7, 2015 

Chicago, Illinois

 

SwipeClock Summit 2015

August 19-21, 2015

Snowbird, Utah

 

Adaptasoft Annual Conference

September 16-18, 2015

TBD

 

Apex Users' Conference

September 18-19, 2015

Atlanta, Georgia

 

APPLIED Client Network Conference

October 19-22, 2015

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Execupay Conference

Novermber 12-14, 2015

San Antonio, Texas 

 

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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