The Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS) will conduct two half-day seminars for Spanish-speaking supervisors in December to address ever-changing and complex labor laws. The programs are designed to help supervisors become “labor law compliant.”

“Supervisors are becoming increasingly important in preventing the imposition of penalties and fines,” said George Daniels, FELS executive vice president. “Besides the problems a company will incur for its violations, supervisors can also be held personally liable for them. That's why these seminars are so important.”

Daniels said areas that will be covered in the upcoming seminars include:

  • Safety and Health Violations. Information will help supervisors understand their obligations under the California Labor Code. Supervisors having control or custody of any employment, who knowingly or negligently violate any Cal/OSHA standard or certain other provisions of law, can face civil and criminal penalties.

  • Harassment. Supervisors will learn information about laws regarding sexual harassment and any type of unlawful harassment in the workplace.

  • Discrimination. Information will be presented on the various forms of discrimination and differential treatment that can result in severe penalties and fines.

  • Discipline. Supervisors will learn the right ways to discipline employees to enhance employee morale and to prevent legal liabilities. This program will review techniques to eliminate both morale and legal concerns.

  • Communications. Seminars will promote strong communication skills. Poor communications causes loss in production and can affect employee morale. The seminars will promote listening and verbal skills that are important for supervisors.

Dates, places

Two FELS seminars will be presented in Southern California for Spanish-speaking supervisors. The first, Dec. 17, will be held in Coachella, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Riverside County Economic Development Agency, 53-990 Enterprise Way, Suite 1.

The second seminar will be held Dec. 18 in El Centro, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Imperial County Farm Bureau, 1000 Broadway.

Louis Uribe will conduct the seminars.

Registration for each seminar is $45 per person (registrations made after Dec. 8 are $55 each). A 25 percent discount is available to FELS and Farm Bureau members. To register for the seminars or for more information, call (800) 753-9073.