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Tuesday, August 10th

Webinar Recording: Recruitment & Retention

If you missed our Innovative Strategies for Recruitment & Retention Webinar last week – not to worry – we have the recording for you RIGHT HERE!

During our conversation, we discussed current data and market trends, reasons why people are reluctant to return to work, and ways companies can think differently about their hiring strategies. Expectations have shifted and the conventional recruiting approaches of yesterday are not the solution.

To recap, here are a few take-aways from our panelists:

Please feel free to contact with any questions!

Webinar Recording & Slide Deck

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Wednesday, July 28th

WEBINAR: Innovative Strategies for Recruitment & Retention

As we rebound from a tumultuous year, many employers are finding it harder than anticipated to staff their operations. Across all industries it seems that the sea of candidates has simply dried up. Is it something we did? Is it something we said? And more importantly – is it something we can change?

Join Morris & Garritano and our panel of workforce experts as we address these top-of-mind issues, discuss services and resources available to employers, and provide creative, actionable strategies to combat the struggles of recruiting, hiring, and retaining quality employees.

What We’ll Discuss:
– Current labor market trends and data
– What’s working and what’s not when it comes to recruiting new hires and retaining current employees
– Navigating employee hesitations about returning to the workplace
– Creative solutions to attract high quality candidates
– Q&A session to address your pain points

Friday, April 30th

Webinars & Updates | April 30, 2021

This week we’re sharing opportunities to learn more about your local government and how you can excel at customer service in our new hybrid virtual/in-person world.

Other updates include:

  • How to apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
  • IRS fact sheet on tax credit for PTO used for COVID-19 vaccinations

Check it out here.

Thursday, August 20th

Webinars & Other Updates: August 20, 2020

Upcoming Webinars

Heat Illness Prevention
Presented by: State Fund
Recorded Webinar…View Anytime!

Talk about a heat wave! As temperatures rise, so does the risk of heat illness. California employers with any outdoor places of employment must comply with the Heat Illness Prevention standard. Due to the current state restrictions, many more employees may be working outdoors and might not be aware of the risks that can come with the heat.

Check out this webinar recording from State Compensation Insurance Fund to learn how to protect your employees from heat illness when working outdoors and maintain Cal/OSHA compliance.

Topics covered include:

  • Ways of preventing heat illness in outdoor workers
  • Signs and symptoms of heat illness and appropriate first aid/emergency response
  • The requirements of Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention Standard, T8CCR Section 3395
  • What Cal/OSHA requires employers to include in a written Heat Illness Prevention Plan
  • Common Cal/OSHA citations related to work outdoors in the heat

More information can also be found via the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention eTool:

Plan and Prepare for Q4:Retail, Restaurants, and Health & Wellness
Presented by: Cal Poly CIE Small Business Development Center
August 25, 2020 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am PST

As the biggest revenue-making quarter of the year approaches, we are bringing together experts in strategy and digital marketing to make sure your business is ready for the upcoming holiday season.

  • 9 am – 10:05 am General Session
  • 10:05 am -10:10 am Break
  • 10:10 am -11:00 am Industry Break Out Sessions

This workshop is led by Lani Lott, expert consultant in economic revitalization and Steve Burnside, a digital marketing specialist.
Lott will lay out the “Road Map to Prepare for the Holiday Season,” including customer outreach strategies and the importance of collaborating with fellow business owners. Burnside will discuss in-practice tools and platforms to digitally market strategies. Receive a valuable policy and regulation update from Downtown SLO and participate in breakout sessions, specific to your industry.

The registration fee for this workshop is $10/person

Other Information and Updates

California Wildfire Smoke Regulations

As if the heat wasn’t enough, the smoke produced by nearby wildfires is now adding another level of concern for outdoor workers.

State Fund has provided information regarding Cal/OSHA requirements and other steps that can be taken to help protect yourself and your employees against wildfire smoke exposure.

You can also visit to check and monitor air quality.

If you have questions regarding safety compliance as a result of impaired air quality, please email our Loss Control Analyst, Michael Schedler at

Stay up-to-date with CDC Guidance

It is important to monitor your new safety practices and procedures for necessary changes, but staying up to date with the changing CDC guidance can be difficult.

For example, did you know the CDC made recent updates to when a person can discontinue home isolation?

Sign up for regular CDC newsletter updates by clicking the button below. Enter “COVID-19” in the search bar for applicable newsletters.

REMINDER: SLO City Small Business Relief Fund

Applications for the SLO CIty Small Business Relief Fund will be accepted until 5 pm on Monday, August 24. All for-profit businesses in the City of SLO are invited to review the eligibility criteria and apply. Applicants are eligible to receive a grant of $5,000 to help fill immediate financial gaps until they can resume normal operations.

Recipients will be notified of possible funding in mid-September. 

REMINDER: Paso Robles COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program

The deadline to apply for the Paso Robles COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program is August 23, 2020 with grant recipients being notified and funds allocated by mid to late September.

The program will assist 10 to 20 small businesses with micro-grants of up to $10,000 in one-time financial assistance for the purpose of relieving some of the costs caused by required closures/business interruption due to COVID-19. 

Businesses headquartered in the city of Paso Robles are invited to review the eligibility criteria and apply.

Tuesday, June 16th

Work Comp Webinar: AB5, Who is an Employee?

Do you work with or hire Independent Contractors?

If so, you won’t want to miss this webinar offered by State Fund. The webinar is designed to help you have a better understanding of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) and the changes that have been made in determining employee status in California.

Experts will discuss what impact it may have on you, your business, and most importantly, what you can do now to prepare for the changes that will take effect on July 1, 2020 as it relates to your workers’ compensation coverage.

Not a State Fund policyholder? Not a problem, this webinar is open to the public.

Topics to be covered include:

• The Dynamex Supreme Court Decision
• New “ABC” Test• Prior Test – Borello
• Exemptions to the “ABC” Test
• New Labor Code Section 2750.3
• Potential Impact of AB5

Register here:

Friday, November 9th

BAN Webinar: Top HR Tech Myths | Nov. 14th

Ever wonder about some of the things you hear about HR Technology? Then this webinar is for you. Josh Hoover, from Benefit Technology Resources, will walk attendees through the top myths coming up in the HR Technology industry today and how they may impact your organization and HR strategy. See whether these myths will be confirmed or debunked!

Myths such as:

  • Is a single database the best way to go in managing my HR strategy?
  • Will one database be able to cover all aspects of HR?
  • Will I outsource myself out of a job? Will today’s HR technology automate everything that I do today?
  • Does a higher price mean better solution when it comes to what’s available with today’s HR technology?

November 14, 2018

9:00 am to 10:00 am PST

This webinar is provided at no charge to the Smart Partners® of Benefit Advisors Network and their clients and friends. It has been approved for HRCI & SHRM CE approval.
If you have further questions please contact Morris & Garritano at 805-543-6887.


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