Date: Feb 19, 2013

The annual AgSafe Conference, slated for Feb. 26- Mar 1 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey, Calif. will host several workshops on Wednesday, Feb. 27 featuring Western Growers experts.

10 – 11:30 a.m.
Piecing Together the Food Safety Puzzle Hank Giclas, senior vice president Strategic Planning, Science & Technology, Western Growers
The world of food safety has exploded; from the development of the Food Safety Modernization Act to retailers’ demand for systems such as Global Gap and everything in between. This session will help to demystify many of the complex regulations and requirements of the FSMA as well as identify issues on the horizon.

1 – 2 p.m.
Are You Prepared: Recalls, Outbreaks and InvestigationsHank Giclas, senior vice president Strategic Planning, Science & Technology, Western Growers
Do you have a plan in place in the event of a food safety recall, outbreak or investigation? In these situations details matter and time is of the essence. This session will walk you through essential plans, procedures, and protocols your operation must have ready to activate at a moment’s notice to protect your employees, consumers and your brand.

1 – 2 p.m.
10 Steps to Reducing Workers’ Compensation Costs – Cathy Child, workers’ compensation claims analyst, Western Growers
There are many changes impacting workers’ compensation premiums in California. Most workers’ compensation companies have been losing money in California for several years. This is because of increased claim values due to rising medical costs and a number of other factors. Some carriers are no longer insuring employers in California. Amidst all of these factors it would be helpful for you to be able to focus on what you can do to try to reduce your workers compensation costs. This session will provide ten strategies to help lower claims costs and increase the focus overall in your company in helping to reduce premium.

4 - 5 p.m.
 4 Steps to Reducing Employment Liability and Risk –Jason Resnick, vice president and general counsel, Western Growers
In recent years, the number of cases and expense of employment related litigation has exploded. Coupled with the increased regulatory environment, employers’ liability and risk is at an all-time high. This session will equip participants with four proven strategies and practices to drastically reduce their employment liability exposure.

 Online registration for the AgSafe Conference ends Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. (PST).

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