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The Santa Clara County EAC is composed of employee volunteers representing a cross section of business and industry. EAC’s were developed to promote a stronger partnership between the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and the business community.

Our Mission Statement

To provide local employers with education relevant to employers’ concerns, a better understanding of the resources available through the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the California Employer Advisory Council (CEAC) and a vehicle by which to have impact on EDD programs.


Santa Clara County Employer Advisory Council invites you to attend an upcoming webinar

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Effective Hiring Practices

Presented by Jenn Protas and Maysa Saeed 

Program Objectives

Many human resources professionals may be well-versed in current hiring practices, but there are often other employees of the company involved in interviewing candidates who are less knowledgeable or conscientious about what questions you can and cannot ask, on what information you can base hiring decisions, how and when diversity plays a role in the hiring process, and more.

Join us for an engaging discussion on effective practices in hiring, including background checks, how employers can consider a candidate’s criminal and credit history, prohibitions in asking about a candidate’s pay history, and training interviewers to avoid unlawful and improper questions.

Who should attend: Human resources professionals, business owners, managers, corporate executives, and anyone responsible for hiring or recruiting personnel?

Topics covered are:

  • Gain an understanding of when and how employees will utilize the benefits of the SDI program.
  • Understand the employer’s role and responsibilities in relationship to the SDI program.
  • Learn how the SDI program is working with those affected by COVID-19.

About The Speakers

Jenn Protas

Jenn helps employers navigate California’s numerous employment laws and defends employers with an eye toward successful, yet cost-effective resolution. Jenn is a zealous advocate for her clients and a tenacious litigator. She defends employers on matters related to wage and hour law, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in single-plaintiff litigation, Private Attorney General Act actions, and/or class actions.

Jenn builds relationships with her clients to better understand their businesses and provide counsel on a range of subjects, including employee leave issues, personnel management, hiring, terminations, and wage and hour practices. In addition, Jenn has substantial experience drafting employer policies, handbooks, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), incentive compensation agreements, separation agreements, and settlement agreements.

Jenn is a frequent public speaker and regularly presents seminars and trainings on such employment issues as:

  • Annual legal updates
  • Complex leave issues
  • Complying with California wage and hour law
  • Effective employee management
  • Legally mandated harassment prevention trainings

She was named Northern California Super Lawyer in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Prior to that, Jenn was named Northern California Rising Star in 2016 and 2017. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.


Maysa Saeed

Maysa is an associate attorney in Hoge Fenton’s Employment Law Practice Group. Her practice focuses on employment counseling and litigation and assists clients in all aspects of employment law.

Prior to joining Hoge Fenton, Maysa was a litigation associate with experience litigating various commercial, employment, and real estate matters. Maysa’s prior legal experience also includes defending insurance carriers in administrative trials before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards in San Jose and Salinas. Maysa’s litigation experience provides her with invaluable insight and perspective when advocating and advising clients to resolve or prevent legal disputes.

Maysa received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and received the High Tech Law certificate. During law school, Maysa was a judicial extern for the Honorable Paul S. Grewal at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, a law review associate for the Santa Clara Law Review, served as Secretary for the Private Law Student Organization, and received a Pro Bono Recognition Award. Maysa obtained her undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Cruz, earning a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Legal Studies.


Seminar Date

  • When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Agenda 

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.   Welcome and Presentation begins
  • 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.   Closing comments, and Questions and Answers

No cost to attend!

Register Here


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If there is anything we can do to enhance your membership experience, our Board is here for you. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. We look forward to hearing from you.

On behalf of the EAC, we urge you to continue to practice the proper procedures for living with this pandemic. Be well and safe!

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2021 Events

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Santa Clara EAC Coordinator
Rachel Rojas, Employment Program Representative
Employment Development Department
Workforce Services Field Division
[email protected]
Phone # 408-216-6081
Fax# 408-436-5714