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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Cal/OSHA Regulatory Changes for 2020

Gene Glendenning

During his presentation, Mr. Glendenning will discuss Cal/OSHA-focused legislative and regulatory updates, including:

•Recently passed legislation affecting safety and health
•Recently passed Cal/OSHA standards
•Status of several Cal/OSHA standards being developed
•Current Cal/OSHA emphasis programs
•New publications
•Website update project

Mr. Glendenning’s experience includes work as a safety and industrial hygiene consultant, and Area Manager, and a High Hazard Program Manager with the Cal/OSHA Consultation Services Branch since 1979. He has been the Statewide Acting Program Manager since 2016.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Recent Laws, Regulations, and Opinions Affecting California Workplaces

Doug Larsen
Fishman Larsen & Callister,

Doug was one of the founding partners of Fishman, Larsen & Callister in 2000. He provides practical advice for employers on avoiding litigation with workers, improving employee relations, and complying with California’s complex system of workplace laws. Doug has been very involved with the Human Resource industry in Central California. He has served as an officer on boards of multiple HR organizations. He also brought local HR groups together and established the former Central Valley HR & Safety Conference in 2000.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019
DOT Compliance and Enforcement

Christopher Tuttle
CHP Central Division, Officer

Christopher Tuttle is an officer with the California Highway Patrol. He has been with the CHP since 2004 and has focused in the area of commercial enforcement and education since 2007. Officer Tuttle’s assignments include working in Redwood City from 2005 to 2007 and at the Chowchilla River Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility from 2007 to 2016. Officer Tuttle was assigned CHP's Central Division Commercial Industry Education Program Coordinator in 2017 and currently serves in that position.

More information about the Commercial Industry Education Program can be found online at:

https://www.chp.ca.gov/programs-services/programs/commercial-ve hicle-section/commercial-industry-education-program


Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Safety: It isn’t Rocket Science… or is it?

Carl Morello

Developing a safety culture that works in business can be difficult when P-Q-P, (Profits, Quality, Production) don’t involve and embrace it. The 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster identified an alarming behavior that everyone does and needs to be recognized and changed to effectively integrate safety into the business model. This presentation will identify that behavior and relate it to effective accident investigation techniques and discuss how areas that truly need to be focused on to reduce injuries or loss exposures.

Carl Morello has worked in the Safety & Health and Risk Management field of insurance since 1989, with a large eastern-based US national carrier. He relocated to California in 2006 to lead the loss control operations of a western regional carrier and is presently with Zenith Insurance.

Prior to the insurance industry, Carl worked in the engineering and construction field. He holds a Professional Engineer's License and insurance industry designations of ALCM, (Associate in Loss Control Management), ARM, (Associate in Risk Management), and AFIS, (Agribusiness Farm Insurance Specialist). His undergraduate degrees are in Mechanical and Civil Engineering. He also has an MS in Management and his MBA.

Carl has been published multiple times in the Insurance Journal and has presented on various risk management topics at national and regional conferences.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Suicide Prevention

Brandy Lidbeck
Program Coordinator, Fresno Survivors of Suicide Loss, Hinds Hospice, LMFT

Suicidal thoughts, like many mental health issues, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicidal thoughts often indicate more serious issues. This session will provide attendees valuable information about suicide prevention and the signs of suicide. Attendees will learn how employers and their employees can help someone considering suicide.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Fresno Gangs

A MAGEC representative
Fresno Police Department,

An overview of Fresno area gangs, including recognition, signs, symbols, and tattoos.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Cal/ Osha Update

William J. Krycia
Cal/ OSHA,


Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Work Comp Review and Bridging P&S to ADA

David Parker
Parker, Kern, Nard & Wenzel,

Mr. Parker is an attorney and founding shareholder with Parker, Ken, Nard & Wenzel. He primarily practices employment, workers' compensation, and insurance defense law. He also advises employers on all issues relating to litigation and risk management.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Survival Actions in Violent Encounters

Les Van Meter
Fresno Co. Sherrif's Office, Retired,

(Members Only Breakfast)


Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Recent Laws, Regulations and Opinions Affecting California Workplaces

Doug Larsen
Fishman, Larsen & Callister,


Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Opioids Abuse, The California Medical Formulary and Legislative Reforms

Mark RxProfessor Pew
National Speaker & Author,


Wednesday, September 19, 2018
A Lobbyist Viewpoint - How Well Does the Legislative Process Meet Your Priorities?

Steve Cattolica
, Legislative Advocate






Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Avoiding unnecessary litigation - Lessons from the field on improving worker’s compensation claims outcomes

Armando Rodriguez
Zenith Insurance Company, Field Examiner and Former Settlement Specialis


Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The Active Shooter

Les Van Meter
, Retired Deputy IV with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office with 33 years of law enforcement experience. Assignments included Correctional Officer, Patrol Officer, Administration-Automated Records Management, Crime Analyst, Computer Crimes Investigator, Court Security Senior Deputy and member of Judicial Protection Team.



Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Leadership in Safety Culture

Malcolm Montgomery
, Environmental Health & Safety Manager

Thinking Safety Culture and Focusing on SPOT THE HAZARD Awareness


Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Return to Work Post Injury: A Step by Step Process

David H. Parker
Parker, Kern, Nard & Wenzel, Attorney at Law, Partner


Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Members only Breakfast

Christina Tillman & Doug Larsen

FIRST Topic: Defending Non-Covered Claims: What Your Workers’ Comp Attorney Won’t Tell You
Speaker: Christina C. Tillman, Partner McCormick Barstow LLP

·How Serious is a Serious and Willful? any intentional act, or failure to act, coupled with the knowledge that serious injury will be the probable result.
·Preventing a 132a claim, employer alleged discriminate in any way, including discharge or threat of discharge, against an employee.
·Employer’s obligations to accommodate industrial injuries under the ADA/FEHA.

SECOND Topic: Laws, Regulations and Opinions Affecting California Workplaces
Speaker: Doug Larsen Fishman, Larsen & Callister

·Whistle blowing and Retaliation
·The Going and Coming Rule
·Post-Accident Drug Testing
·Employees Badmouthing Your Product or Company


Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The Hire Right & Hire Safe 2018 Update

Dan Larsen
PHR Sierra HR Partners, Inc.,


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) ~ Securing High Risk Chemical Facilities

Paul Fields
Department of Homeland Security, Chemical Security Inspector

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) ~ Securing High Risk Chemical Facilities

-The significance of chemical facility security
-The value of knowing your community's Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC)
-Industries within the CFAT scope
-The CFATS regulation, program overview, and process


Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Safety Programs – Return on Investment (ROI)

Jack Passarella
Zenith Insurance, Sr. Safety & Health Consultant

How your Experience Modification affects your company and how you can show your value.

· Is your Safety Program achieving the outcomes (ROI) expected and positively affecting your Workers’ Compensation Costs?
· Do you understand the Experience Modification Rating System and how losses affect your bottom line?
· Avoiding common pitfalls found in even the best safety programs.
· Effective strategies for achieving the best outcomes.

Come to the luncheon and have a discussion on these very important topics!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Lessons from Disaster: The Story of the Initiative Foods Fire

James Ypma
Initiative Foods, Safety Manager

· Explore the psychology of being front and center to an emergency
· Learn how to develop/enhance your business continuity plan
· Be ready for the unexpected disaster from the experience and story of one local company
As a CVSS board member since 2015, it has been a pleasure to help the Board work towards finding relevant stories and speakers to better educate our group each month and progress the cause of human safety in the Central Valley.
However, I never expected that I find myself with much to say. That changed on July 24th 2016, when I gain firsthand – and unwanted - experience with disaster.
I hope you will join me at the next CVSS luncheon as I share my personal experiences with the Initiative Foods fire.
We will explore the psychology of being front and center to an emergency, my experience being integrated into a first responder’s chain of command, and the immediate steps we, as a company took, towards enacting our business continuity plan. If you have ever asked yourself if you would be professionally ready for a disaster, I think you will find this talk useful.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Workplace Security & Dealing with Difficult-Dangerous Individuals

Hector Alvarez
Alvarez Associates,


Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Cal/ Osha Update

William J. Krycia MPH, CIH
Cal/ OSHA, Senior Safety Engineer

Mr. Krycia has been with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health for 35 years. During that time, Mr. Krycia has conducted well over 600 inspections in all industries. Mr. Krycia has been the lead person on major occupational incident investigations, including the Dunsmuir metam sodium spill, numerous PSM events, and others. Mr. Krycia managed the Region II enforcement unit for over 20 years. Mr. Krycia’s current focus is on agricultural health and safety and heat illness prevention and enforcement on a statewide basis. Mr.Krycia is the External Advisory Board Chairperson for the NIOSH Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety located on campus at the University of California at Davis. Mr. Krycia is the Agricultural Safety Work Group Lead person for the NIOSH/National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). He is also an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist. Mr. Krycia is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, and holds a Master’s in Public Health (MPH).


Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Reasonable Suspicion, Training Supervisors in Recognizing Alcohol Misuse & Controlled Substance

Tina Mitchell
TLC Safety Consultants, Inc.,

Tina Mitchell has over 15 years of experience in motor carrier transportation safety, including the development of company policies for the purpose of drug and alcohol testing and the training of supervisors in recognizing alcohol misuse and controlled substance use, the documentation requirements, referral requirements and/or re-qualification requirements.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Work Place Ergonomics Assessment 101, Improving Safety & Productivity

Mark Anders
Palm Medical Group Inc., Physical Therapist


Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Industrial Hygiene - Protecting Your Bottom Line

Michael J. Puckett
MPH, CIH, CSP, REHS, President and Principal Consultant

A practical approach to reducing workplace health issues and workers compensation claims.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Weeding through the Issues of Legalized Marijuana in California

Doug Larsen & I. Frank Huljev
Fishman, Larsen & Callister & Palm Medical Group Inc.,

Substance use in the workplace and what employers need to know. Presenters will address key questions employers need to ask themselves regarding this important issue.

FIRST Topic: Questions and other issues related to drugs and drug testing in the workplace.
Speaker: Doug Larsen, Fishman, Larsen & Callister, Partner

·Does the recreational law use allow employees to use at work, come to the jobsite impaired, or have marijuana in their system?
·When can you test employees for the illegal use of drugs?
·Under what conditions can you fire an employee who tests positive or who you think is impaired?
·What happens if you are wrong?
·Can I maintain a drug-free workplace?


SECOND Topic: Brief overview of drug testing processes and options to consider..
Speaker: I. Frank Huljev, Palm Medical Group Inc., Administrative Director

·Ways to test for Drugs using blood, saliva, urine and hair: discussing pros and cons.
·Rapid Instant tests vs Lab Based Drug Test.
·Ways applicants try to cleanse themselves prior to test.
·Intermittent abstinence when workers are looking for a job.
·Can you tell if they are currently under the influence vs. Social Use at home?



Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Workplace Law Updates for 2017

Doug Larsen
Fishman, Larsen & Callister, Partner

Once again Mr. Larsen give us an employment law update on what has changed and how it affect how Safety and HR professionals perform their jobs.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Workers’ Compensation Update

David Parker, Esq.
Parker, Kern, Nard & Wenzel,

David Parker discussed relevant highlights and changes to 2014 workers’ compensation laws including his predictions of how the Affordable Care Act may affect the California Workers’ Compensation System.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Searching Social Media & DigiStream Investigations

Garrett McGinn
DigiStream, Director- Intelligence Division

DigiStream’s searches, can be ordered to order to provide claims professionals with a comprehensive look at a subject’s digital footprint. Our trained investigators crawl the internet using both proprietary aggregators as well as direct queries of popular social networking sites in order to uncover and log information that can be of help to claims professionals.

DigiStream’s® search methodology combines the computer science behind proprietary internet aggregators with the art of sifting through information to locate profiles, aliases, and screen names which will elude an untrained investigator.

A SocialPro uncovers social network posts, photographs, classified postings, relationships and online interactions, videos, blog updates, and any other information available online under both real and assumed names. The resulting information is then monitored for 60 days with updates and new information being sent to clients when material changes are detected.

The monitoring period is a unique addition to other social media investigations, as real-time updates are available and are sent to clients when actionable information is found by our analysts.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016
2016 DOT Enforcement Part Deux, Hazardous Materials Transport & Regulatory Enforcement

Danny Aguirre
California Highway Patrol, Officer


Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Cal/ OSHA Enforcement 2016

William J. Krycia MPH, CIH
Cal-Osha, Senior Safety Engineer, Heat Illness Prevention and Enforcement Coordinator, Statewide Agricultural Health and Safety Coordinator

Mr. Krycia has been with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health for 35 years. During that time, Mr. Krycia has conducted well over 600 inspections in all industries. Mr. Krycia has been the lead person on major occupational incident investigations, including the Dunsmuir metam sodium spill, numerous PSM events, and others. Mr. Krycia managed the Region II enforcement unit for over 20 years. Mr. Krycia’s current focus is on agricultural health and safety and heat illness prevention and enforcement on a statewide basis. Mr.Krycia is the External Advisory Board Chairperson for the NIOSH Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety located on campus at the University of California at Davis. Mr. Krycia is the Agricultural Safety Work Group Lead person for the NIOSH/National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). He is also an American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certified Industrial Hygienist. Mr. Krycia is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, and holds a Master’s in Public Health (MPH).


Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Safety Best Practices & Work Place Injury & Illness Prevention Programs

Cal-Osha Consultative Services

-Effective IIPP Programs
-Heat Illness Prevention and Documentation
-Activities included in Lockout/Tagout
-Ladder Safety
-Confined Spaces Compliance
-Ergonomics & Shade Requirements
-Compliance dos and Don’ts


Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Hazardous Materials Emergency Response

Gustavo Gomez, REHS
Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team, CUPA Program Inspector

Mr. Gomez has worked in Environmental Health for 21 years as a lead CUPA inspector and hazmat responder. Gus’s roles and responsibility as a lead member of the Emergency Response Team involve responding to facility chemical releases, transportation related releases, and response to clandestine laboratories. He believes that educating storage facilities and the public on safe chemical handling is the most effective way to prevent hazardous material releases. Subsequently, he also believes that training and coordinating between facilities and emergency response agencies should be a priority in order to effectively help save lives, property and the environment. Gus currently works for the County of Fresno Environmental Health Division, and has also worked in the same capacity for Madera and Tulare County Environmental Health.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Nurse Case Managers, Boots on the Ground to Control and Resolve WC Claims

Sandra Clawson, RN, CCM, COHC
Advanced Disability Management, Field Medical Case Manager

Employing Nurse Case Managers as boots on the ground to control and resolve out of control WC claims is a practical and underutilized practice. Generally referred to as NCM in the industry, NCMs assigned to complicated claims to interview workers, attend doctor appointment and helps coordinate care. Their fees are usually paid via the claims dept as they help facilitate resolution of claims and can be a valuable voice during the physician visits. Their costs are quickly recouped via claims resolution and claims redirection to appreciate providers. Understanding their role and knowing their value can dramatically reduce friction and miss-information on your frustrating WC claims.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016
An Employers guild to minimizing the costs of their Comp Claims

Jeremy K. Lusk, Esq.
Law Offices of Lusk & Rodriguez, Inc., Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorney

Mr. Lusk is a season Defense Lawyer that has defended countless employer from Work Comp Claims. Often his job is made more difficult by what the employers have done or not done on these claims. Dr. Lusk will engage in a constructive fireside chat conversation to share stories and advice to help employers minimize exposure to these costly claims. By the time he is assigned to the file, he must mange it as it presents, and in that respect employer are well served knowing ideas and step to establish a well defensible claim regardless of the claims validity. They are after all the first line responders to those reported incidents.

*Certified as a specialist in workers' compensation by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Workplace Law Updates for 2016

Doug Larsen
Fishman, Larsen & Callister, Partner

Once again Mr. Larsen give us an employment law update on what has changed and how it affect how Safety and HR professionals perform their jobs. Don’t miss this annual important legal update.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Safety Analysis from the Clinical Psychologist

Greg Hirokawa, Ph.D., QME
, Clinical Psychologist


Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Leading versus Lagging Indicators: How to actively enhance your Safety Program

Luis Torres
, Senior Loss Control Consultant


Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Fire Safety Considerations for Commercial Businesses

Kerri L. Donis
Fresno Fire Department, Fire Chief

Fire Safety Considerations for Commercial Businesses


Wednesday, June 17, 2015
CHP Saftey Updates

Danny Aguirre
California Highway Patrol, Officer


Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Workers Comp for Management

Michael Quinn
Alliant, Claims Consultant


Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Developing a Safety Culture

Malcolm Montgomery
Environmental, Health & Safety Manager, Kawneer Company, Inc.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Cal/ Osha Update

William J. Krycia MPH, CIH
Cal/ OSHA, Senior Safety Engineer


Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The New Laws, Regulations and Judicial Opinions Affecting California Employers

Doug Larsen
Fishman Larsen Chaltraw & Zeitler,


Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Emergency Action Plans: What, why and how of developing your company/site emergency response plan.

Jared Minnick
ARM, EMT-Paramedic, Risk Manager BBSI, Barrett Business Services,  


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Survival Actions in Violent Encounters / Active Shooter Events

Daniel Cervantes
State Center Community Colleges, Instructor of Criminal Justice

-Initial Event / Recognize what Is happening around you
-Survival Actions / Run, Hide, Fight
-What to Expect / Communications / Survival Mindset
-Law Enforcement – EMS response


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
“Doc: It Hurts When They Do That.” Well Don’t Do That!

I. Frank Huljev
Palm Medical Group Inc., Administrative Director

Don’t let employees hurt themselves and you.
-Post Offer & Post Injury Processes that create Prevention and Protection.

* Do you Hire Commercial Drivers?
-DOT Exams, NRCME examiners, FMCSA databases… the new process and how it affects employers.
-Intrastate and Interstate Driver guidelines affecting your New Hire and existing employee populations.
-Sleep Apnea, Whisper test and Many other Functional Guidelines affecting certification of commercial drivers and potential employer liability

* Do you hire for physically demanding Jobs?
-How to define the process and create data that speaks to safety and prevention
-Screening applicants functionally
-Alternative screening processes

* Post Injury Management for the employer / Information you can use
-How To Place documentation into the medical file
-Sub-rosa Video and its role
-Who are the “Doctors” involved in the WC system. What you need to know and options that you can use to administratively manage claims.

* Includes Roles and Duties of:
-PTP: Primary Treating Provider / Predesignation
-MPN: Medical Provider Networks & second and Third Opinion
-Secondary Treating Provider(s)
-UR: Utilization Review Physician
-IMR: Independent Medical Review…how that works
-QME: Qualified Medical Examiner…Who triggers that process
-AME: Agreed Medical Provider….For the represented worker
-NCM: Nurse Case Manager…When to trigger this boots on the ground resource
-What did the Injury really cost and managing your Mod factor


Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Workers’ Compensation Update

David Parker, Esq.
Parker, Kern, Nard & Wenzel,

David Parker will discuss relevant highlights and changes to 2014 workers’ compensation laws including his predictions of how the Affordable Care Act may affect the California Workers’ Compensation System.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014
An Update of Fleet Driver Safety Programs Best Practices

Greg Cupper
Logical Training Solutions, LLC, President


Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Preventing and Responding to Heat Illness

Eric D. Andersen
L. L. Andersen Consulting, CSM

Effective communication and the 10 elements are the keys to an effective Heat Illness program for preventing and responding to Heat Illness in your workplace.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Identifying Signs of Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace

Perry Miller
California Highway Patrol, CHP officer

The use of alcohol, illegal drugs, and medications is a serious workplace problem, costing employers $81 billion annually. Impairment is an obvious safety problem. However, the consequences of substance use is greater than that. It includes lost productivity, absenteeism, theft, poor employee morale, increased legal fees.

This month's presentation will describe how these changes affect how Safety and HR professionals perform their jobs.

Officer Miller will teach participants how to identify the signs of drug and alcohol use in the workplace. He will focus on employee behaviors and other personal characteristics.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014
What's New in Workplace Laws for 2014

Doug Larsen
Fishman, Larsen, Goldring & Zeitler,


Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Cal/Osha update. What to expect in the coming year…

Bill Krycia
Cal/OSHA, Senior Safety Engineer

Currently the Statewide Coordinator for the Heat Illness Prevention campaign and Agricultural Safety and Health:

·Chairperson for the Division’s Field Sanitation and Agricultural Health and Safety Task Force

·External Advisory Board Chairperson for the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety located at the University of California, Davis. WCAHS is a NIOSH funded regional center conducting research and outreach on agricultural occupational safety and health.

·Workgroup chair for the Agricultural Safety Workgroup for the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)

·Enforcement activity and special projects have included heat related illness, blood borne pathogens, tuberculosis, hantavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), avian influenza, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA); zoonotic diseases, indoor air quality, the 2009 novel influenza A (H1N1); and agricultural safety and health concerns.

·Career spans over 33 years with the Department of Industrial Relations - Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

·Obtained a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

·Certified Industrial Hygienist with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013
HealthCare Reform / Affordable Care Act, How it affect Employers & HR Specialists

Cala Carter, CIPW, AIS & Richard Lawrence, Certified ACA Health Agent

Cala Carter, CPIW, AIS, Agent/Owner, CCIS Insurance Group, Inc.
Cala has over 30 years’ experience serving in all capacities of an independent insurance agent. Trained in Commercial insurance for Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Health Care, and Service Industries she takes a risk management/ consultative approach to assist clients obtain all lines of insurance: Group Health Benefits, Workers Comp, Employment Practice Liability, Individual Health, Dental, Life, Property, Casualty, Autos. She offers Group Insurance programs within associations such as RBA, CBM and Fresno Madera County Farm Bureaus. Cala often partners with local non-profits to provide insurance and consulting assistance to the community. She is a trustee for the Fresno Art Museum, and serves other charitable groups whenever possible. Licensed in all lines of insurance: Property & Casualty, Life, Health, Disability.

Richard Lawrence, Senior Products, Health, Life, Group Benefits, Certified Agent for the CA Exchange Affordable Care Act.
Health Insurance Broker & VP of “Central California Insurance Services” since 1991. Rich’s Dad, Ralph Lawrence, founded Central California Insurance Services, specializing in Senior Insurance Products. They ranked 3rd in the nation with one of their top companies, assisting clients with Medicare Supplements, Prescription Drug Plans. In 2011 Rich joined CCIS in order to expand his insurance products for his client base. As a member of the CCIS Insurance Team. Rich is a 3rd generation farmer; and enjoys growing Kiwis & Fuyu Persimmons in Madera, CA. Rich is Life and Health Licensed.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013
What To Do With Injured Workers: Accommodate or Terminate?

Doug Larsen
Fishman Larsen Goldring & Zeitler,

Injured workers present a multitude of problems for an employer. They may pose a safety risk, be unable to perform the duties of the job, suffer re-injury, ask for time off, result in higher workers’ compensation premiums, and adversely affect co-workers’ morale. With all of these problems, why not just terminate the employment relationship? Better yet, why not discover whether applicants have had prior work comp injuries and refuse to hire them?

The laws protecting individuals with disabilities impose certain obligations on employers. Medical examinations, reasonable accommodations and good-faith interactive discussions are all part of those obligations and may limit an employer’s ability to handle employees with workplace injuries.

Doug Larsen opened Fishman, Larsen, Goldring & Zeitler 13 years ago with the idea that there was a better way to practice law. Shortly after opening the law firm, Doug started Sierra HR Partners, an affiliated HR consulting company. Together, the companies provide an integrated solution for California employers to maintain a compliant workplace. Doug’s practice focuses primarily on employment compliance and litigation. He works with businesses to establish and maintain legally-compliant employment practices and policies, provides training and conducts investigations. Doug also defends companies in litigation asserted by former workers in state and federal courts, as well as in administrative actions and investigations.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Investigations and How Employers Can Use Them to Manage Risk and Limit Liability

Brian Putnam
APEX Investigation®,

Mr. Putnam has been a Private Investigator in the Workers Compensation Industry for over the past 10 years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Fresno State University and has worked as an SIU (Special Investigative Unit) agent for State Farm Insurance. He has firsthand experience with field investigations including Sub-Rosa, AOE/COE, Subrogation, and Background Investigations. He understands the positive economic impact that investigations can have on an open indemnity claim, and how to properly work each claim for the best possible results. He is also experienced with fraud prosecution and the steps it takes to successfully submit a fraudulent claim to the local District Attorney’s Office and Department of Insurance. Mr. Putnam has served on the Board of Directors of the Fresno Industrial Claims Association and Professionals in Workers Compensation. www.apexpi.com

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Update on the Work Comp Laws

Jeremy K. Lusk, Esq.
Lusk & Rodriguez Inc., Lusk & Rodriguez Inc.

Mr. Lusk is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a small business owner. He understands firsthand the many obstacl


Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Workplace Violence Prevention and Response

Hector Alvarez
Alvarez Associates, Alvarez Associates


Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Drugs In the Work Place

Perry Miller
California Highway Patrol, Highway Patrol Officer


Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Wellness in the Workplace

Shahzad Jahromi, MD, MS
Kaiser Permanente, Chief of Occupational Medicine Department & Chief of Employee Health Department


Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Workers’ Compensation System Court

Rich Ellis
WCAB Judge, Judge


Wednesday, February 20, 2013
2013 Cal / OSHA update

Mike Smith
Cal/OSHA Consultation Service, Associate Safety Engineer


Wednesday, January 16, 2013
What You Need to Know about Background Check Reporting To Protect Your Company

Brenda Budke, SPHR and Janet Keene, PHR


Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Wellness Programs

Christopher Nola
Children’s Hospital Central California, Director, Benefits/HR Operations


Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Workers' Compensation Fraud

Edith Treviso & Attorneys Manny Jimenez & Esmeralda Garcia
Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Senior Deputy District Attorney


Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Current Drug Trends in the Valley

John Avila
Fresno County Sheriff's Office, Narcotics Detective


Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Homeland Security: Terrorism, what you need to know but didn’t Know to Ask

Tom Knowels
SRA International Inc., Senior Manager


Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Developing A Drug Testing Program (PT 1)

I Frank Huljev
Palm Medical Group Inc.,

(Palm Medical Group's presentation)


Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Developing A Drug Testing Program (PT 2)

Doug Larsen
Fishman, Larsen, Goldring & Zeitler,

(Fishman, Larsen, Goldring & Zeitler's presentation)


Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Improve the Value of Safety

James Boretti
Boretti, Inc., President

Certified Safety Professional


Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Gang Awareness – Local Trends, Activities and Crimes

Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (M.A.G.E.C.)
Fresno Police Department,


Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Medical Trends in Workers’ Comp – How They Are Driving Costs

Dr. Anne Searcy
Zenith Insurance Company, Sr. Vice President, Assistant Chief Medical Officer


Wednesday, February 15, 2012
OSHA Update

Eugene Glendenning
Cal/OSHA, Area Manager

Fresno Consultation Area Office / DOSH High Hazard Consultation Unit


Wednesday, January 18, 2012
How to Legally Spy on Your Employees

Travis R. Stokes, Esq.
Fishman, Larsen, Goldring & Zeitler,



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• Ponderosa Telephone

• Richard Health and Associates

• Risico Claims Management (AARLA)

• Robb Ross Foods, Inc.

• S Y M B I A L O G I S T I C S

• San Joaquin Total Care

• Sebastian Corporation

• Service System Associates

• Sierra HR Partners

• Sinclair Systems International LLC

• Sunrise Medical US LLC

• Technicon Engineering Services, Inc.

• The Zenith

• Tom Corea Construction Inc.

• Ultimate Staffing Services

• United Valley Insurance Services

• Valley Iron Inc.

• Wilbur-Ellis

• Winegrape Inspection Program, Inc. Fresno
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