• Fourth Quarter Risk Managers Roundtable Assists Members with Cal/OSHA Compliance

    November 2, 2017

    Employees of member agencies who participate in Cal/OSHA compliance and safety program preparation are encouraged to attend the Authority’s fourth quarter Risk Managers Roundtable,“Dealing with Cal/OSHA.” Attendees at this roundtable will learn from speaker Dick Monod de Froideville how to handle a Cal/OSHA inspection and audit, filing an appeal, and completing and posting an OSHA 300 Log. Following the presentation, the Authority’s risk managers will facilitate a roundtable discussion. The roundtables will be held at three separate locations:

    • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in La Palma
    • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in La Quinta
    • Tuesday, November 15, 2017 in San Luis Obispo

    For more information or to register, members can visit myJPIA on the Authority’s website, cjpia.org, or contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist via email or at (562)467-8775.

  • Fall Management Academy Tackles the Basics of Effective Supervision

    October 26, 2017

    The Authority’s 2017 Management Academy took place September 25 – 28, 2017 in Paso Robles and featured speakers Forrest Story, principal consultant for Public Sector Excellence, and John Perry, President of Human Productivity Systems. Twenty-four Authority members representing 13 different agencies spent four days learning unique approaches to improving the performance, motivation, and commitment of their employees. Through presentations, discussions, and role-playing, participants explored their role as manager and discussed various techniques to better assist them in their supervisory positions.

    The Management Academy is a four-day training that is designed for entry-level managers and supervisors. The next Management Academy will be held October 22 – 25, 2018 in Carlsbad. For questions about this academy or other trainings, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or at (562) 467-8777.

  • Revised Vehicle Cards Available

    October 18, 2017

    The Authority recently revised the Vehicle Cards document in its online Resources and Documents library. The previous version incorrectly referenced California Vehicle Code § 16051. The correct reference is California Vehicle Code § 16021, which describes financial responsibility of a vehicle's driver or owner. 

    These vehicle cards establish proof of insurance coverage and are to be placed in member-owned vehicles. Members can find the cards in the “Safety” section of the Authority’s online library

    For questions about the use of vehicle cards, members should contact their assigned regional risk manager.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Under Fire

    October 16, 2017

    Many cities throughout California have adopted very restrictive ordinances as to where sex offenders can live, generally within 2,000 feet of schools, parks, and playgrounds.  This was largely done as a result of Proposition 83, that passed with an overwhelming 70% vote.  But, following a 2015 California Supreme Court ruling deeming the restrictions under Proposition 83 unconstitutional, cities are now being forced to reevaluate and make decisions on whether to repeal or reform their ordinances. Members can share their thoughts about residency restriction ordinances on the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page.

  • Authority Offices Closed During the 2017 Educational Forum

    October 9, 2017

    The Authority’s offices will be closed from Tuesday, October 10 through Friday, October 13 while staff is attending our Annual Risk Management Educational Forum. If you have an urgent request for an evidence of coverage that is needed before October 16, please call Jim Thyden, Insurance Programs Manager, at (562) 631-5449.

  • Liability Attorney Summit Held in August 

    October 2, 2017

    The California JPIA held its Annual Liability Attorney Summit on August 23, 2017, at the Authority campus in La Palma. Approximately 57 participants attended the Summit, including representatives from Carl Warren & Company, Authority staff, and 19 of the Authority’s liability defense panel firms and business partners. Paul Zeglovitch, the Authority’s Liability Program Manager, welcomed attendees and presented a report on the State of the Liability Program. Topics presented included an appellate case update by Dan Barer of the law firm of Pollack, Vida & Fisher; the effective use of surveillance, by Patrick Carroll of Horsemen Investigations; a summary of a recent mock trial that was conducted on a police detention death case, with attorney Konrad Rasmussen and David Cannon of Trial Innovations; and an overview of how expert animation and illustration can be valuable in litigation, by Alex Deaconson of DK Global. Attendees also shared success stories with the audience from both California JPIA cases and other clients from the past year, providing insights into the law, local jurisdictions, and juror and judge behavior.   

    For information about the Liability Attorney Summit or the Authority’s liability protection programs, contact Paul Zeglovitch by email or at (562) 467-8786. 

  • Authority Resource Addresses Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace 

    October 2, 2017

    The Authority has recently revised its Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation policy template to address changes in regulation in recent years and provide clarification on the expanded scope to whom the policy applies. 

    Specifically, the template revisions address the following: 

    • Expansion in the scope of whom the policy applies. In addition to employees and applicants, the policy has been revised to include volunteers, interns, contractors, vendors, and visitors.
    • Clarification that the policy includes protection for both those that have one or more legally protected characteristic, as well as others associated with such individuals.
    • Expansion in the scope of legally protected characteristics since the previous version of the policy.
    • Addition of a section that clarifies a supervisor's reporting obligations.
    • Addition of the reference to AB 1661, which requires local agency officials to be trained on preventing sexual harassment. 

    This policy template, which can be found in the Authority’s Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org, also includes the required components of an anti-harassment policy, as outlined under 2 CCR § 11023. 

    For questions about this resource, members can contact their regional Risk Manager.

  • Workers’ Compensation Symposium 2017

    September 19, 2017

    The ninth annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium was held on August 16, 2017 at the Authority’s La Palma campus. Twenty-one member agencies were represented, with about 60 attendees at the event, including members, speakers, and Authority partners. The Symposium provides an opportunity for members to meet with the Authority’s panel attorneys and the York claims team, and learn about a variety of subjects, which this year included using root cause information, components of successful return to work programs, and a fraud update. The Symposium is particularly beneficial for risk managers, human resource professionals, and any Authority members who are associated with their agency’s workers’ compensation program. For information about the Symposium or the Authority’s workers’ compensation coverage, contact Jeff Rush, Workers’ Compensation Program Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8707.

  • Third Quarter Risk Managers Roundtable Wraps Up

    September 19, 2017

    The third-quarter series of the Risk Managers Roundtable ended on August 22, 2017 in Paso Robles, with speaker Doug Sjoberg presenting on the subject of “Creating Inter-Generational Harmony in the Workplace.” Discussion topics included behavioral characteristics typical of employees from the four generations now present in our workforce, effects of informal social media communication styles on the formality of business with the public, and tensions between supervisors and employees due to a perceived lack of “professionalism” and “work ethic” by newer generations. The August roundtable consisted of three sessions, each at a different agency. La Palma, Indio, and Paso Robles hosted the educational event, which featured Doug’s presentation followed by facilitated roundtable discussions.

    The topic for the fourth quarter roundtable is “Dealing with Cal/OSHA.” More details will be announced in the coming months. For more information on the quarterly Risk Managers Roundtable series, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • Forum Registration Closes on September 11

    September 11, 2017

    Authority members are reminded to register for the 22nd Annual Risk Management Educational Forum before the deadline of September 11, 2017 when registration closes. This year’s Forum, titled “Risk Management: Facing the Future Together,” runs from October 11 – 13 at The Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara. The keynote address will be given by Doc Hendley, the president and founder of the charitable organization Wine to Water, which provides clean water to those in need around the world. Topics being presented at the various Forum sessions include social media risks, police civil liability, Cal/OSHA compliance, and public agency drone use. Members can visit the Forum’s event page to register and find more information on the Forum. An Authority app is also available on Google Play, iTunes, and the Windows Store. The app provides information on local weather, the meeting space, the complete agenda, and other helpful details.

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