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Two Trainings offered by Carmel & Naccasha

Heather Whitham of Carmel & Naccasha will be offering two upcoming training sessions for District Directors, Trustees and designated staff.

Thursday, January 31, 2019
9:30-11:30 at the Templeton Community Center/Women’s Club
601 S. Main Street, Templeton
Ethics training is mandatory under Assembly Bill 1234. Topics to be covered include:
-Personal Financial Gain by Public Servants;
-Conflict of Interest, Bribery and Nepotism ;
-Gift, Travel and Mass-Mailing Restrictions;
-Honoraria, Financial Interest Disclosure and Competitive Bidding;
-Prohibitions on the Use of Public Resources for Personal or Political Purposes.

Thursday, February 28, 2019
9:30-11:30 at the Templeton Community Center/Women’s Club
601 S. Main Street, Templeton
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training is mandatory for elected officials and key staff per Assembly Bill 1661. Topics covered will include:
-Federal and State statutes prohibiting sexual harassment;
-The remedies available to victims of sexual harassment;
-Practical examples to instruct the official in the prevention of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

Cost of either program is $50, pre-registration is mandatory. Certificates of completion will be issued to participants at the conclusion of the workshop.

Please contact Laurie Ion at Temple CSD to register. 805-434-4900 or ion@templetoncsd.org.

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Carmel & Naccasha sponsor Cal Poly CIE event.
Entrepreneurship in the Rise of New Media

Carmel & Naccasha was proud to be the event sponsor for a panel discussion at the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) titled Get Connected: Entrepreneurship in the Rise of New Media.

The panel was moderated by Jonathan York, Interim Executive Director and Co-founder of the Cal Poly CIE.

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C&N at PRWCA event

Had a great time with our friends out at the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance luncheon. The Alliance has made vast strides in promoting Paso Robles wine country; last year they focused efforts in Texas and next year they are focusing on Florida. Encompassing 614,000 acres, Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) is recognized and respected as one of the great wine regions of the world, and continues to affect all aspects of our community. For some wine country fun, look out for their upcoming events linked here https://pasowine.com/events/.

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Another Carmel & Naccasha Win

The local San Luis Obispo paper, The Tribune, featured a nice write up on a recent case handled by Mike McMahon and our litigation team.

Read the article here.

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Helping Jack’s Helping Hand
Helping Jack's Helping Hand

Helping Jack’s Helping Hand

Carmel & Naccasha’s own Ziyad Naccasha (second from left) enjoyed a round of golf for a great cause, Jack’s Helping Hand. Thanks Geri LaChance of SESLOC for the opportunity to participate.

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Paso Rotary Winemakers’ Cookoff

We are happy to once again be a sponsor of the Paso Robles Rotary Winemakers’ Cookoff. This is a really fun event and should be on your calendar every year.

The Paso Robles Rotary brings top winemakers together to compete to see who is the best chef.

The 18th Annual Winemakers’ Cookoff will be held Aug. 13, 2016, from 6-9 p.m. at the Paso Robles Event Center. See their website for tickets and more information.

And we’ll see you there!

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To Offer Sabbaticals or Not to Offer Sabbaticals… And if I Do, Should I Pay?

A Tale of Two Tricky (and Sometimes Dangerous) Dilemmas

Recently, I gave a webinar on establishing eligibility and procedures for taking sabbaticals and unpaid leaves of absence through Lorman Education Services. I thought some of the information I discussed might be of interest to our clients in the San Luis Obispo area, many of whom are cutting edge technology companies. This blog post will focus on sabbaticals, which are gaining popularity as companies struggle to recruit and retain talented, top-notch employees.

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Talley Fun Run

Members of the Carmel & Naccasha team started their Sunday morning with a run through the Talley Vineyards at the 23rd Annual Marianne Talley Fun Run. We had a great time and can’t wait to see you there next year. Thanks to the Talley Family for being such great hosts.

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Privacy Policies: Are You in Compliance?

My previous post was regarding cybersecurity and some of the dangers lurking behind our widely-used “secure” technologies and authentication systems. A related issue is what you, as a business owner, chief technology officer or other data collector, must do to advise customers and other users of your website of your privacy policies and procedures – in short, how are you going to protect their identities, credit card information and other personal data you collect? This post will address what is legally required of you if you collect any sort of data, as well as the question of whether you need to implement Terms and Conditions. Hint: the answer is yes!

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Cybersecurity: Are You Protected?
Cybersecurity: Are You Protected?

I recently had the privilege of attending a TED talk-style seminar on cybersecurity at my alma mater, UCLA. The information I learned at this session certainly gave me pause, and I was anxious to share the information I learned with our clients and other readers of our blog. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the lively discussion was the panelists – one, the former general counsel of the National Security Agency (“NSA”) and the other, a benevolent hacker.

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