• Revised Resource Available: Criminal Background Check Policy

    July 17, 2017

    The Authority has recently revised its Criminal Background Check Policy template, which can be found in the Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org. This newest revision addresses recent changes in regulations that California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) made regarding employers’ use of employees’ and applicants’ criminal history in employment decisions.

    Specifically, the template revisions add the following information:

    · Except as otherwise required by law, criminal history statements shall not include juvenile court records regardless of whether such records are sealed or unsealed (Section III.A.2).

    · Except as otherwise required by law, an agency shall not use records of any arrest, detention, processing, diversion, supervision, adjudication, or court disposition that occurred while under the jurisdiction of juvenile court law. This exclusion applies regardless of whether such records are sealed or unsealed (Section III.C.3.e).

    · Investigative consumer reports (such as background checks obtained by an agency) must comply with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (Section IV.C).

    This template helps Authority members establish a model policy to assist with conducting background checks that are consistent with state and federal law. For information on this template or any Authority resource, members can contact their regional Risk Manager.


  • Career Opportunity: Senior Risk Manager

    July 17, 2017

    The Authority is currently recruiting for a Senior Risk Manager. The primary responsibility of the Senior Risk Manager is to manage member action plans, meet with member officials and staff, advise on matters regarding public policy and operational procedures, identify training needs, provide training, serve as liaison on liability and workers’ compensation claim matters, make presentations to various governing bodies, and provide assistance on a wide range of local government operational issues. This will require regular meetings with California JPIA members at various locations throughout a specific geographic region, including parts of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Ventura, and Monterey counties.  

    To learn more about the position, visit the Career Opportunities page on the Authority’s website. The deadline to apply is 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 3, 2017.  Contact Tammie Haller, Administrative Programs Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8222 with any questions.
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Policy Template Revised

    July 5, 2017

    The Authority has recently revised its Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program policy template. This template provides a foundation for an effective AED program and is available in the “Policy Templates” section of the Authority’s Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org. The template provides guidance to members on establishing training and standards for the use of AEDs by non-licensed or non-certified personnel. The template also includes an AED maintenance log/checklist.

    The AED Program policy template, along with the Authority’s AHA Heartsaver First-Aid/CPR & AED Training, works to equip Authority members when faced with a sudden cardiac arrest situation. For questions regarding AED Programs, please contact your assigned Risk Manager.

  • Registration for Board of Directors Meeting

    July 5, 2017

    Registration for the Authority’s annual Board of Directors meeting is currently open. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 19, at 7:00 pm at the California JPIA’s La Palma campus. Members attending will have the opportunity to meet the Executive Committee and Authority staff, and network with other members of the California JPIA. The business meeting will present information about the Authority's objectives, vision, and accomplishments over the past year, including recognition of the winners of the 2017 Risk Management Awards. In addition, voting delegates will elect three Executive Committee members, and one member from the Executive Committee to serve as President for a two-year term. It is essential for each member-appointed California JPIA Director or designated voting alternate to attend in order to achieve a quorum. 

    Register online here on or before July 12, 2017. For questions or assistance, please contact Denise Covell, Administrative Assistant, by email or (562) 467-8771.

  • 2017 Management Academy Registration Open 

    June 28, 2017

    Registration is open for the Authority’s 2017 Management Academy, being held from September 25 – 28, 2017 at La Bellasera Hotel & Suites in Paso Robles. This academy, designed for entry-level managers and supervisors, presents participants with unique approaches to help improve the performance, motivation, and commitment of employees in an ever more complex and regulated employment environment. Topics being discussed in this academy include how values and ethics impact decisions, the role of a manager/supervisor, and techniques to provide orientation, training, and delegation. To register for the Management Academy or for more information, visit the academy website. Please note that there is a registration fee, and this event is limited to the first 25 registrants. 

    For questions about this event, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or at (562) 467-8777.

  • Risk Managers Roundtable for Q2 Wraps Up With Discussions About Homelessness

    June 27, 2017

    The second-quarter series of Risk Managers Roundtables wrapped up in May on the topic of Managing Homelessness Issues. Jim Betts, the architect of the City of Fresno’s policy on dealing with homelessness, presented attendees with information on developing viable policies, avoiding civil lawsuits when cleaning up encampments, and forming alliances with charitable organizations.

    The California JPIA presents quarterly Risk Managers Roundtables on various topics related to risk management, providing members with opportunities for roundtable discussion and dialogue on timely and relevant issues.

    For the third-quarter roundtable series, which will be held in August, Doug Sjoberg, Human Resource Consultant, will present information on generational culture differences in the workplace. More information, including how to register for this roundtable, will be available in July. For questions about Risk Managers Roundtables, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • Deadline for Submitting Capstone Nominations

    June 26, 2017

    The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017 Capstone Award is Thursday, June 29. The Capstone Award is presented each year at the Authority’s Risk Management Educational Forum, and is given to an individual at a member agency who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector. To nominate someone or to nominate yourself, click on this survey link to complete the nomination form. For more information on the award, including qualifications for nominees, click here. For questions, contact Abraham Han, Administrative Analyst, by email or at 562-467-8778.

  • June Public Works Academy Held in Indian Wells

    June 26, 2017

    The California JPIA’s Public Works Academy was held in June at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. Twenty-five attendees from 16 agencies took part in the three-day academy, which covered topics such as Risk Management for Public Works, Contractual Risk Transfer, and Work Area Traffic Control. Participants were also treated to a presentation from Scott Grossberg, Attorney at Grossberg & Hoehn, who used magic as a team-building exercise. “The speakers, content, and delivery of information was phenomenal, as well as the level of support and resources the California JPIA provides to its members,” remarked one attendee.

    The Authority’s academies are multi-day training seminars which focus on a specific public sector discipline and provide attendees with opportunities to interact with their peers and share real-world challenges and successes. Click here to learn more about the topics that are presented at the Public Works Academy.

    For questions and information about this and other academies, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or phone at (562) 467-8777.

  • Registration Open for Workers’ Compensation Symposium

    June 21, 2017

    Registration is open for the California JPIA’s annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium, to be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Authority’s campus in La Palma. This event provides an opportunity for members to hear from numerous industry experts and meet with the Authority’s panel attorneys and the York claims team. Topics being presented at this year’s symposium include a fraud update, return-to-work programs, and using root cause information.

    Click here to learn more and to register.

    Risk managers, human resource professionals, and any members who are associated with their agency’s workers’ compensation program are encouraged to attend. For questions about the symposium, contact Jeff Rush, Workers’ Compensation Program Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8707.

  • 2017 Risk Management Educational Forum Registration Open

    June 12, 2017

    Registration is open for the Authority’s 22nd Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, entitled Risk Management – Facing the Future Together, to be held at The Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara on October 11-13, 2017. The Forum will feature keynote speaker Doc Hendley, who founded Wine to Water, a charitable organization devoted to providing clean water and sanitation to people worldwide. Hendley will draw from his experiences working with people from various locations around the globe, sometimes under dangerous conditions, to provide inspiration and insight relevant to both public and private sectors. Session topics at this year’s Forum include public agency drone use, recreational marijuana concerns, crisis management, and liability case law updates.

    While Forum registration is at no cost to members of the California JPIA, registration does not include hotel accommodations. Registration is also limited to public agency officials and employees, and the Authority’s business partners. Please visit the Forum website to register and for more information. For Forum-related questions, please click here to send an email.

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