• 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.

  • Authority Campus Closing for Labor Day Holiday

    August 31, 2017

    The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  For urgent matters, please call the Authority’s main number, (562) 467-8700, and you will be directed to the staff member on call. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5.

  • 2017 Capstone Award Finalists Selected

    August 31, 2017

    The 2017 Capstone Award finalists have been selected and will be honored in a ceremony at this October’s Risk Management Educational Forum. The Capstone Award is presented at the Forum each year to an individual at one of the Authority’s member agencies who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector.

    The five finalists for 2017 are:

    • Debbie Bell from the City of Laguna Niguel
    • Amy Dallosta from the City of Indian Wells
    • Isaac Etchamendy from the City of San Marcos
    • Karen Johnson from the City of Temple City
    • Kristen Petersen from the City of Duarte

    The 2017 Forum will be held on October 11 – 13 at The Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara. For more information or to register, members can visit the Forum’s event page.

  • 2017 Educational Forum Opening Sessions Provide Members with a Choice

    August 17, 2017

    This year, at the Authority’s 2017 Risk Management Educational Forum, members will be able to choose from three different opening sessions. In previous years, the Forum featured one opening session for all attendees. However, to better serve members and address the varying roles they play within their organizations, three opening sessions will be available this year. The topics being presented are as follows:

    • Reputational Risk - Speaker: Elizabeth Kessel, founder and owner of Kessel & Associates
    • Managing Social Media Risks - Speaker: Scott Grossberg, founding partner of Grossberg & Hoehn
    • Recreational Marijuana Employment Concerns - Speaker: Kelly Trainer, partner at Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP

    The opening sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 11. Educational sessions will continue throughout the following day, and the Forum will end with closing remarks on Friday, October 13.

    For more information on the Forum agenda or for general Forum information, visit our website, or send us an email

  • August Authority Live! Focuses on Design Immunity

    August 14, 2017

    The August episode of Authority Live! will feature attorney and author Scott Grossberg, of Grossberg & Hoehn, presenting the topic of design immunity. Authority Live! is a web-based, live event designed for Authority members to receive the latest information on important and topical issues. In this episode, viewers will learn about California Government Code Section 830.6, what constitutes dangerous conditions, and the immunities provided by the Government Code. The webcast will air on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Members who are interested in viewing this episode of Authority Live! can visit the event page to register and receive a link to view the live webcast. For questions, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • Annual Board of Directors Meeting Held in July

    August 7, 2017

    The Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held at the Authority’s campus in La Palma on July 19, 2017 with a quorum of delegates in attendance, representing 80 member agencies. Curtis Morris, President of the Executive Committee, presided over the meeting, which included Executive Committee elections, recognition of the 2017 Risk Management Award winners, and a presentation of the Authority’s recent activities and initiatives. Also recognized was the Authority’s newest member, the Orange County Council of Governments. 

    The Board of Directors unanimously re-elected Curtis Morris as President of the Executive Committee, while Lori Donchak, City of San Clemente; Darcy McNaboe, City of Grand Terrace; and Sonny Santa Ines, City of Bellflower were re-elected as members of the Executive Committee, each serving a two-year term. Chief Executive Officer, Jon Shull, presented the strategic plan, operational overview, and current initiatives of the Authority.

    The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on July 18, 2018.

  • 2017 Risk Management Awards Presented to Six Authority Members

    August 7, 2017

    The California JPIA recognized six Authority members for their risk management achievements by honoring them with the 2017 Risk Management Award. The Risk Management Awards highlight dedicated efforts and accomplishments in risk management, recognizing Authority members that have demonstrated the best overall performance in the Liability Program and the Workers’ Compensation Program. To select the winners, Authority staff evaluated various factors that reflect an organization’s risk management efforts, including the cost of claims and their progress towards completing action plan items.

    For the Primary Liability Program, the Best Overall Performance Award winners were:

    • For non-municipal agencies: Southern California Association of Governments
    • For municipal agencies without police exposure: City of Bradbury
    • For municipal agencies with police exposure: City of Fountain Valley

    For the Primary Workers’ Compensation Program, the Best Overall Performance Award winners were:

    • For non-municipal agencies: Big Bear City Community Services District
    • For municipal agencies without public safety exposure: City of Westlake Village
    • For municipal agencies with public safety exposure: City of Signal Hill

    The award winners were honored at the Authority’s Board of Directors meeting on July 19, 2017 at the Authority’s La Palma campus.

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