• E-Learning Training: Race, Ethnicity, Language and Religion Workplace Issues

    April 6, 2017

    In today’s increasingly polarized atmosphere, diversity training can help employees to break down barriers created by misguided generalizations and to work more effectively together. A recent study in Psychological Bulletin found that diversity training can be successful, particularly when accompanied by other related initiatives. The Authority assists members with this type of training by offering a number of options on the subject of diversity in the workplace. One such option is an e-learning training, titled “Diversity: Race, Ethnicity, Language and Religion Workplace Issues,” which teaches viewers how to identify and resolve issues related to harmful stereotypes. Also covered in this training are legal issues and workplace conflicts. To register for this training, members can log into myJPIA. For more information, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist at (562) 467-8775 or by email.

  • Board of Directors Meeting July 19, 2017: Save the Date

    April 4, 2017

    Each July, the Authority’s Board of Directors conducts its annual meeting. Topics presented at the meeting include the annual report, and strategic plan and operational update. In addition, risk management awards are presented, and an election of Executive Committee members is conducted. The 2017 Board of Directors meeting will be held at the Authority’s campus in La Palma on Wednesday, July 19. Certification information will be sent to member agency clerks in April. For more information regarding the Board of Directors meeting, contact Denise Covell, Administrative Assistant, by email or at (562) 467-8771.

  • 2017 Risk Management Educational Forum Theme Looks to the Future

    March 29, 2017

    The Authority’s 22nd annual Risk Management Educational Forum, to be held in Santa Barbara from October 11 – 13, 2017, is being presented with the theme Risk Management - Facing the Future Together. This theme highlights the importance of contemplating issues that could create future exposure and loss for local governments, and encouraging participants to draw from lessons of the past while moving their organizations forward into the future.

    Doc Hendley, who was selected as a CNN Hero and is the President and founder of the organization Wine to Water, will be this year’s keynote speaker, bringing a knowledge of civil and human rights, global affairs, and empowerment to his inspirational presentation.

    The Forum, held at the Fess Parker Resort, will have information on sessions, speakers, and registration details in May. For Forum-related questions, please email the Authority.

  • Authority Developing Series of Informative Video Shorts

    March 29, 2017

    The Authority is working to develop video content covering various risk management topics.  These five to 10-minute “Short Take” videos will augment the Authority’s e-learning training library and Authority Live! events through a quick-hitting, yet informative, style.  Examples include workplace horseplay, delivering feedback to employees, facility inspections, and certificates of insurance. 

    For further information regarding Short Takes, or to provide ideas for potential topics, please contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • Revised Hearing Conservation Program Template Available

    March 29, 2017

    The Authority recently revised its Hearing Conservation Program template, which is available to members in the Resources and Documents library on the Authority’s website, cjpia.org. The revisions include the addition of sections addressing protective equipment, procedures to address noise exposures, training, and recordkeeping. The template also includes an assessment checklist and a reference table of permissible noise exposure. Members can make agency-specific modifications to the template, which is in Microsoft Word format. Note that this template is available to Authority members only, and will require a password and username in order to access the document. For assistance with login credentials, please contact Joe Eynon, Training Manager, by email or at (562) 467-8785.

    For questions regarding this template, members can contact their Regional Risk Manager.

  • 2017-18 Cost Allocation Invoice Summary

    March 23, 2017

    The Annual Contribution (AC) and Retrospective Computation (RC) calculations provide the Authority with necessary resources for the defense and payment of claims, funding for excess and reinsurance premiums, claims administration fees, broker fees, operating expenses, and all other costs associated with the coverage programs. For budgeting purposes, the Authority has created an AC invoice summary for the upcoming 2017-18 coverage year. The summary of each agency’s cost of coverage for the upcoming coverage year includes:

    • 2017-18 AC
    • October 2016 RC (if applicable)
    • Active payment plans (if applicable)

    The AC invoice summary is available on the Authority’s website on the Cost Allocation page. Access to this summary requires a username and password. If you need assistance with your username and/or password, please visit the myJPIA Login page, and click the appropriate help button.

    AC invoices will be emailed to members in May. If you have any questions, please contact Lam Le, Financial Analyst, via email or at (562) 467-8729.

  • Performance Reviews Still Valuable When Done Correctly

    March 7, 2017

    Public entities often don’t have much flexibility when it comes to their performance review process, and while both managers and employees sometimes dread annual evaluations, the process of evaluating an employee's performance can be valuable when it is done correctly. In order to make the most out of the performance review process, Authority members can register for the California JPIA’s training class, Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals. In this class, participants learn how to prepare for a performance review, methods to communicate job standards and expectations, and ways to motivate employees. To register for this class, members can log into myJPIA. For more information, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist at (562) 467-8775 or by email.

  • Risk Managers Roundtable: The Risk Management Process

    March 6, 2017

    Registration is open for the Authority’s first Risk Managers Roundtable of the year, which will be held on three dates during the month of March. The featured topic is “The Risk Management Process,” and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss with Authority Risk Managers how this process can assist agencies with establishing safe workplaces and communities, and preserving financial resources. Following the presentation, risk managers will facilitate a roundtable discussion on the subject. The first roundtable will be held on March 8th at the Authority’s La Palma campus, with two following roundtables in Pismo Beach on March 15th and Palm Desert on March 21st. For more information or to register, members can log into myJPIA. Questions on this event should be directed to Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, at (562) 467-8775 or by email.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Contract Management

    February 21, 2017

    Managing the contract review and approval process is something many public agencies struggle with. In fact, because public agencies vary significantly in their size and organizational structure, it is difficult to offer a one-size-fits-all template that addresses sound contract management procedures and policies. However, some agencies have developed or found systems that work well for them. Members can share their thoughts about contract management systems on the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page.

  • Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents’ Day

    February 16, 2017

    The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, February 20th, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  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, February 21st.

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