• Authority Offices Winter Holiday Schedule

    December 21, 2017

    The Authority’s offices will be closed from Monday, December 25 through Monday, January 1. If you should have an urgent need to reach someone in our offices, please call (562) 467-8700, and leave a message by following the prompts for the emergency mailbox. You will receive a return phone call the same day. 

    To request an evidence of coverage (EOC) during this time, please complete this online request form. If your EOC request will need to be issued prior to January 2, please call Jim Thyden at (562) 631-5449.

  • Effective Screening Procedures for Child-Serving Positions

    December 21, 2017

    As providers of recreation activities, daycare centers, and other child-serving programs, local government agencies have a responsibility to effectively screen job applicants and volunteers, and to proactively exclude those individuals who harbor inappropriate intentions towards children. While criminal background checks (including Live Scan fingerprinting) are an important part of the screening process, they should not represent an agency’s only effort to identify would-be abusers. According to Abuse Prevention Systems, a Texas organization dedicated to protecting children and those who serve them, agencies should require (and check) work and personal references, and utilize an application and interview process designed to expose known risk indicators. California JPIA members who provide child-serving programs are strongly encouraged to review their screening procedures for related jobs and volunteer positions to determine if improvements can be made.

    For more information, please visit Abuse Prevention Systems’ website at www.abusepreventionsystems.com, or contact your regional Risk Manager. Please note that the California JPIA does not endorse nor have any relationship with Abuse Prevention Systems.

  • 2017 Risk Managers Roundtables Wrap Up

    December 4, 2017

    The Authority’s quarterly series of Risk Managers Roundtables wrapped up in November, with Cal/OSHA compliance as the topic for the fourth quarter. Dick Monod de Froideville, a specialist in the field of Cal/OSHA regulatory compliance and code enforcement, instructed attendees on how to handle a Cal/OHSA inspection, filing appeals, and completing an OSHA 300 log, after which a roundtable discussion was facilitated by an Authority risk manager. 

    Risk Managers Roundtables are held each quarter at three separate locations and feature a presentation followed by a roundtable discussion. The topics for the 2018 roundtables will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on Risk Managers Roundtables, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or at (562) 467-8775.

  • Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

    November 22, 2017

    The California JPIA offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving 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 Monday, November 27.

  • LinkedIn Discussion Group: Hepatitis A Outbreak in California

    November 15, 2017

    Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter (including microscopic amounts) after contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces of an infected person. 

    San Diego, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles counties have declared hepatitis A outbreaks. Last month, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency to increase the supply of hepatitis A vaccines to control the current outbreak. Most cases have occurred in persons who are homeless and/or use illicit drugs (injection and non-injection), with many cases also occurring among people who provide services to the homeless. Public health departments, such as Los Angeles County’s, are offering free vaccine clinics for people who may be at risk for hepatitis A. For more information on this outbreak and steps to prevent the virus’ spread, visit the California Department of Public Health’s website and the Department of Industrial Relations website.

    Members can share on the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page their thoughts and strategies for dealing with the hepatitis A outbreak.

  • New Resource Available: Proposition 64 White Paper

    November 13, 2017

    The Authority has recently made available to members a white paper on Proposition 64, also known as the “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (the “AUMA”). The white paper provides an overview of the new law, measures local agencies can take to control the distribution and cultivation of marijuana, and consumption of marijuana in the workplace. Members are encouraged to review this resource for the consideration and adoption of best practices. The document is located in the “White Papers” section in the Resources and Documents library on the Authority’s website. 

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

  • 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.

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