• The Concussion Management in Youth Sports Act

    November 9, 2017

    California Assembly Bill (AB) 2007, known as the Concussion Management in Youth Sports Act, was signed by Governor Brown on September 23, 2016 and took effect on January 1, 2017. The bill requires youth sports organizations to follow certain concussion protocols. 

    Prior to the enactment of AB 2007, existing law required schools that offer an athletic program to immediately remove an athlete from an athletic activity for the remainder of the day if the athlete is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury, and prohibits the athlete from returning to the athletic activity until the athlete is evaluated and cleared by a licensed health care provider trained in the management of concussions. Existing law also required that annually, a concussion and head injury information sheet to be signed and returned by the athlete and athlete’s parent or guardian before the athlete’s initiating practice or competition. 

    AB 2007 now applies these provisions to athletes participating in youth sports organizations, as defined to include local governmental agencies and other entities that sponsor or conduct amateur sports competitions, training, camps, or clubs in which persons 17 years of age or younger participate in any of the 27 designated sports. 

    If your agency sponsors or conducts amateur sports competitions, training, camps, or clubs for sports designated on the legislation’s list, please review the legislation thoroughly to ensure compliance. 

    For questions on this subject, members can contact their assigned Risk Manager.

  • New Resource for Members: Abusive Conduct Policy

    November 9, 2017

    The Authority has added a new resource template, Abusive Conduct Policy, to its Resources and Documents library. This template can be used to assist members with the development of a workplace abusive conduct policy. 

    AB 2053 amended the Fair Employment and Housing Act training requirements to include "prevention of abusive conduct" as a component of the mandatory sexual harassment prevention training that must be provided to supervisory employees every two years (and within six months of initial appointment to a supervisory position). While abusive conduct policies are not mandated by California law, they can be adopted by employers as a means of regulating disruptive and improper workplace conduct. 

    Members are encouraged to review their workplace policies to determine if abusive conduct is already addressed in a policy. Some examples include: policy prohibiting bullying and hazing, policy prohibiting workplace violence, statement of compliance with the Cal/OSHA obligation to provide a safe workplace, policy prohibiting discourteous treatment of others, or a policy prohibiting conduct unbecoming an employee. Employers with labor unions will need to comply with applicable obligations to negotiate abusive conduct policies with labor unions before implementation.

  • 2018 Educational Forum to be Held in Carlsbad

    November 7, 2017

    The Authority’s 23rd annual California JPIA Risk Management Educational Forum will take place from September 19-21, 2018 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. The Forum is an educational event for Authority members and features various knowledge experts informing attendees about issues such as employment law, workers’ compensation, and public safety. The 2017 Forum, which was held in October at The Fess Parker Hotel in Santa Barbara, saw a record 80 member agencies in attendance and featured Keynote speaker Doc Hendley, CNN Hero and founder of Wine to Water.

    For information about the Risk Management Educational Forum, email the Authority or visit the Forum page on the Authority’s website, cjpia.org.

  • 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.

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