September WIEEAC I-9 Seminar

In September, the West Inland Empire Employer Advisory Council in partnership with the Employment Development Department hosted a seminar for local employers.

I-9/E-Verify Information with speaker Rea Bisa. In the presentation Rea Bisa gave an overview of Form I-9 and the employment eligibility verification process, including: features of the Form I‐9, step‐by‐step instructions, form I‐9 retention and storage, form I‐9 best practices, form I‐9 and E‐Verify.

Rea Bisa is a management and program analyst in the Outreach Branch, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS), Verification Division. She has a degree in law. As part of the Outreach Branch, she provides training and education to employers and the public on programs supported by the Verification Division. This includes: E‐Verify, Form I‐9, and myE‐Verify. Ms. Bisa has worked on an array of labor and employment matters, such as employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Attendees were able to gain valuable information to bring back to their business.

WIEEAC’s Martha Estrella-Perez Awarded 2019 Outstanding EAC Coordinator

At the 2019 CEAC Conference in Monterey, California, our own Martha Estrella-Perez was awarded Outstanding EAC Coordinator.

Her commitment to aiding the employer community as well as her dedication to helping the board achieve their goals were no doubt contributing factors of the award. A wonderful accolade for both Martha and the entire WIEEAC Board of Directors.

CEAC Conference

From Wednesday, May 1, to Friday, May 3, Members of the WIEEAC Board of Directors attended the CEAC Annual Conference in Monterey, California. The theme of the event was, “Navigating Your Course” and included Keynote Presentations, Workshops, the CEAC Veterans Employer of the Year Luncheon, the CEAC Awards and Recognition Program, and much more.

A highlight of the event was when WIEEAC Board Member Martha Estrella-Perez was awarded this year’s Outstanding EAC Coordinator. 

Continue reading below to find out more about the event.

Take a look at some more photos from the event:

CEAC Annual Conference May 2019 – “Navigating Your Course”


Welcome Hospitality – “Meet the Crew – Bonfire on the Beach”

Pre- conference event hosted by Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR). This allowed for some networking and camaraderie before the conference began.                             


Welcome and Opening Remarks from John Bottari, CEAC President   

Keynote Presentation: – “Message in a Bottle: Avoid Unconscious Bias” –  James W. Potts, JD, CEO, Potts & Associates, LLC 

James W. Potts is a 35 year HR professional, Juris Doctorate, expert witness, LA Talk readio host, author, former Master Teacher and Reserve Captain with the Sheriff’s Department. He fights on behalf of employers in front of the EEOC, DFEH, DLSE, DOL, EDD, and other agencies. Mr. Potts has a B.A. in history and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of West Los Angeles Law School. He is a certified mediator and expert witness specializing in employment law and workplace rights.

Workshop Sessions – A total of 6 workshop sessions offered and 1 all day EAC Coordinator workshop.

SESSION 1:                                        

  • Chart Your Way to Compliance: 1-9 Updates & E-Verify Rules & Regulations – John Ordunez,U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Calm Water Awaits: Understand the Intersection of Leave Laws: – Amber Solano, AALRR
  • For EDD Staff Only:    EAC Coordinator Workshop: – Rick Macias, EDD/CEAC State Coordinator

CEAC Veterans Employer of the Year Luncheon 

The California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC) Veterans Employer of the Year Awards recognizes employers who consistently demonstrate positive policies toward U.S. Veterans in hiring and promotion, as well as through employee retention efforts, ongoing training, and benefits.

SESSION 2:                                   

  • All Hands on Deck: Addressing Inequities in the Workplace – Paul Fleck, AALRR
  • Neptune’s Solution: Conflict Resolution  – Carol Marzouk, Leadership N Soul
  • For EDD Staff Only:  EAC Coordinator Workshop – Rick Macias, EDD/CEAC State Coordinator

SESSION 3:                                      

  • Calling all Buccaneers: Common, but Sticky Workplace Scenarios with Real Life Solutions –   William M. Betley, AALRR 
  • Get Out of the Doldrums: Set Sail Toward Successful HR Audits – James W. Potts, JD CEO. Potts & Associates
  • For EDD Staff Only:  EAC Coordinator Workshop, Rick Macias, EDD/CEAC State Coordinator  

Closing Session – Employment Law Update: Captain your Organization to Success: William M. Betley, AALRR            

There have been several changes over the past year that you need to be aware of and understand. Hear about lessons learned from 2018 and employment compliance trends for 2019. Topics that will be highlighted include such topical trends as the compensation crisis, discrimination, new legislation and case law with practical applications to avoid potential penalties and employer liability in the coming year.

CEAC Awards and Recognition Program – (during Thursday dinner)  

The CEAC will recognize those nominees who were selected to receive recognition for Distinguished Service, Outstanding EAC Chair, Outstanding EAC Coordinator, Outstanding EAC, and Outstanding Veterans Committee. All nominees have made California and their community a better place as a result of their leadership, dedication, and hard work. 

Thursday will conclude with dinner and raffle


Regional Meeting Breakout Sessions

CEAC Business Meeting

The annual CEAC business meeting provides attendees with the opportunity to meet and interact with the CEAC Executive Board.  

This session will be presented by the CEAC President and the Executive Board.