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2019 Capstone Winner Announced at Educational Forum

November 1st, 2019

The 2019 Capstone Award was announced at this year’s Risk Management Educational Forum and presented to Stephen Aryan from the City of Palm Desert. The Capstone Award is presented annually to an individual at a member agency who best exemplifies the practice of risk management. Stephen, the city’s Risk Manager, was selected from four finalists. Some

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November is Child Safety and Protection Month

November 1st, 2019

November is National Child Safety and Protection Month, a time to bring awareness to the unique dangers that children face and to consider ways to protect children from these dangers. Public agencies have a responsibility to protect children from harm, whether it’s on a playground, on a bike path, or in a recreational program. To

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2019 Risk Management Educational Forum Breaks Attendance Records

November 1st, 2019

The Authority’s 2019 Risk Management Educational Forum broke an attendance record, with over 400 members, guests, business partners, and staff present for the annual event. Titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Risk Management,” the Forum provided attendees with the opportunity to learn from knowledge experts regarding some of the top risk management

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Forum Opening Session Tackles Cyber and Ransomware Exposures

September 13th, 2019

The Authority’s Risk Management Educational Forum will have an opening session featuring the topic of cyber exposures and ransomware attacks. The session will address some recent events, identify resources and mitigation efforts members can take to protect their agencies, and highlight one member’s experience with a ransomware event. View a clip from the session’s presentation that includes

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August Authority Live Webcast Focuses on Wildfires

August 22nd, 2019

The latest online installment of Authority Live!, being held on Monday, August 26, 2019, will focus on wildfires and the potential claims arising from them. A large number of the California JPIA’s members are affected by wildfires, which are becoming the largest and most destructive in state history. Residents, businesses, and local governments grapple with

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Public Works Professionals Attend 2019 Academy 

August 5th, 2019

The California JPIA’s Public Works Academy was held in June at the Hyatt Regency in Westlake Village. Twenty-four attendees from 19 member agencies took part in the three-day academy, which covered topics such as design immunity, contractual risk transfer, and driver safety. “Overall, this Public Works Academy captured and maintained our attention through enthusiastic, simple

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Registration Open for 2019 Q3 Risk Managers Roundtables

August 5th, 2019

Registration is open for the Authority’s Risk Managers Roundtables for the third quarter. The topic for this roundtable is “Understanding and Preserving Governmental Immunity Defenses,” which will be presented by Christie Swiss and Mike Wroniak of Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP. In certain types of litigation, government agencies may invoke immunity defenses that prevail

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Registration for 2019 Workers’ Compensation Symposium

July 29th, 2019

The 11th annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium will be taking place on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Authority’s campus in La Palma. The day will provide an opportunity for members to meet with the York claims team and the Authority’s panel attorneys, and to learn more current issues regarding workers’ compensation.

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Website Accessibility Guidelines and AB 434

July 2nd, 2019

Some Authority members have recently expressed concern about Assembly Bill 434 (Baker), which deals with website accessibility guidelines. It is important to note that this bill, effective July 1, 2019, applies only to state agencies, not local government agencies. However, the Department of Justice has consistently maintained that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites, so

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New Wildfire White Paper Available to Authority Members

July 2nd, 2019

The Authority has released a white paper on wildfire risk management, available to members of the California JPIA. This white paper encourages specific recommendations and resources to aid in understanding and managing wildfire risks. Included is information on planning for wildfires, coordinating resources, establishing ongoing and accurate communication with the community, enforcing sound loss prevention and

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Marshall Goodman Joins Authority Executive Committee

June 13th, 2019

Marshall Goodman, mayor of the City of La Palma, was appointed to the Authority’s Executive Committee in April, filling the vacant seat of committee member Jennifer King, whose term on the Palos Verdes Estates City Council expired in March 2019. Goodman, elected to the La Palma City Council in 2016, began his service as a member

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Registration Now Open for the 2019 Risk Management Educational Forum

June 12th, 2019

Registration has opened for the Authority’s 2019 Risk Management Educational Forum, titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Risk Management.” The Forum will be held on October 9-11, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells. This year’s keynote speaker, Mac Anderson, is the founder of Simple Truths and Successories, Inc., the leader

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May Risk Managers Roundtables: Handling Workplace Investigations

May 2nd, 2019

Registration is currently open for the second quarter series of the Authority’s Risk Managers Roundtables, which will take place in May and feature the topic, “Handling Workplace Investigations.” Attendees of this event will learn when to use an external vs. an internal investigator, the importance of documentation of investigations, and documenting employee misconduct. Speaker/facilitator Kelly

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National Volunteer Month

April 25th, 2019

April is National Volunteer Month, a month that recognizes the importance of volunteers and the valuable work they do in communities throughout the year. Since many public agencies use volunteers for recreation programs and beneficial community service projects, the Authority offers numerous resources to assist agencies with the use of volunteers. A Volunteer Manual provides

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Authority Staff Advocate for Agencies at Legislative Action Day

April 16th, 2019

In March, California JPIA staff attended the California Association of Joint Power Authorities’ (CAJPA) Legislative Action Day in Sacramento to meet one-on-one with California legislators in order to educate them on proposed legislation that would affect Authority members. In attendance were Risk Manager Maria Galvan, Administrative Analyst Abe Han, Workers’ Compensation Program Manager Jeff Rush,

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2019 Capstone Award – Call for Nominations

April 16th, 2019

Nominations for the 7th Annual Capstone Award are currently being accepted through June 19, 2019. The Authority presents the Capstone Award each year at its Risk Management Educational Forum to an individual who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector. The Authority is enlisting the help of its members to identify those

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The Latest Trend in Performance Assessments

April 10th, 2019

A recent article in HR Dive, an online Human Resources publication, highlighted the trend of employee performance assessments taking less time and being held more frequently than in the past. A survey of HR professionals found that many of them believed that a more frequent assessment or “check in” process led to a greater focus

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Board of Directors Meeting, July 17, 2019: Save the Date

March 27th, 2019

The Board of Directors annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00 pm at the California JPIA’s La Palma campus. Topics presented at the meeting typically include the annual report and the strategic plan and operational update. In addition, the Authority’s Risk Management Awards are presented and an election of Executive Committee members

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2019 Parks and Recreation Academy

March 20th, 2019

Twenty-four attendees from 16 agencies gathered to participate in the Authority’s annual Parks and Recreation Academy, which was held in February in Westlake Village. Instructors Butch De Fillippo and Dr. Nancy White kicked off the Academy with sessions on risk management, workers’ compensation, and playground safety, while attorney Scott Grossberg conducted a full day of

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New Background Check Resources Added to the Authority Website

February 28th, 2019

Two new resource templates, Recreation Background Check Parental Consent and Public Resources Code Section 5164 Supplemental Questionnaire, have been added to the Authority’s website in the Resources and Documents section.  The background check parental consent is used to give an agency permission to conduct a background check of a minor applying for employment or volunteering their services in a

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January Risk Management Academy Held in Paso Robles

February 14th, 2019

The California JPIA’s 2019 Risk Management Academy was held in January at the La Bellasera Hotel in Paso Robles. This second year of the Authority’s newest Academy saw 18 attendees from 16 agencies take part in the three-day academy, which covered topics such as unique loss exposures of public entities, consequences of ineffective risk management,

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Authority Academy Schedule for 2019

February 11th, 2019

Each year, the Authority holds various Academies: training events that primarily focus on a specific public sector discipline. Each program is a multi-day training that presents essential theories and techniques to help when working on complex problems facing public agencies. The Risk Management Academy was held in late January and was followed by the Parks and

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Registration Open for 2019 Human Resources Academy

January 24th, 2019

Requests for registration are currently being accepted for the 2019 Human Resources (HR) Academy, which is scheduled to be held April 9 – 11, 2019 in Indian Wells. The HR Academy is a three-day academy designed for all public agency HR employees. Some of the topics being presented and discussed during this year’s academy are

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First Quarter 2019 Risk Managers Roundtable: Contractual Risk Transfer

January 23rd, 2019

Registration is currently open for the first quarter series of Risk Managers Roundtables for 2019, which run through February and feature the topic, “Knowing Your Contractual Risk Transfer Resources.” Attendees will learn about roles and responsibilities in the contractual risk transfer process and resources to help in effectively transferring risk. Copies of the Authority’s Contractual

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Data Privacy Day is January 28

January 22nd, 2019

January 28, 2019 is Data Privacy Day, a day that serves as a reminder of the importance of data protection to online safety and security. Steps that employers can take to create and maintain a culture of safeguarding data include having the latest security software, web browsers, and operating systems, and encouraging employees to remain

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New Laws in 2019

January 16th, 2019

A number of employment-related bills that will impact California employers this year were signed into law in 2018 by then Governor Jerry Brown. The new laws cover issues such as paid time off, sexual harassment, criminal histories of job applicants, and lactation accommodations. A number of other employment-related bills were introduced, but either failed to

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“Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices” and the Americans with Disabilities Act

January 15th, 2019

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public agencies to make “reasonable modifications” to their services, programs, and activities to accommodate people with disabilities. This requirement extends to the use of manual mobility devices and so-called “Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices” (OPDMDs), such as Segways, golf carts, and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Public agencies must allow people

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Registration Open for the March 2019 Leadership Academy

January 2nd, 2019

Registration is now open for the Authority’s Leadership Academy, being held from March 12 – 14, 2019 at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara. The Leadership Academy is designed for all senior management-level employees and department directors, and this year, the focus will be on the increasingly complex and challenging demands on local governments. Participants will

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Authority Offices Winter Holiday Schedule

December 20th, 2018

The Authority’s offices will be closed from Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1. If you 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

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ADA Financing Program for Authority Members

December 4th, 2018

The California JPIA has launched a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Financing Program for members. The program provides members with the opportunity to obtain funding for ADA transition plan development or the removal of ADA-related barriers. The ADA Financing Program will run for five years, with an open application period each year. This year,

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California State Legislative 2017-18 Session Ends

December 3rd, 2018

California State Legislative 2017-18 Session Ends The 2017-2018 session of the California State Legislature has ended and several key bills that the Authority opposed have been vetoed by Governor Brown. They are: AB 553 (Daly) Workers’ compensation: return-to-work program – This bill would have required full payout of all remaining funds in the 100 percent employer funded

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Parks and Recreation Academy: Registration Deadline December 10, 2018

November 29th, 2018

The California JPIA’s Parks and Recreation Academy will be held on February 5 – 7, 2019 and will focus on the challenges and responsibilities of managers and supervisors. With best practices in mind, this academy proposes strategies for developing new programs, writing grants, considering ADA requirements, staffing, and more. Members interested in attending this academy must

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2018 Roundtables End with Presentation on Sexual Abuse Awareness Training

November 15th, 2018

The final Risk Managers Roundtable was held last week at the Authority’s La Palma campus and featured the topic “Sexual Abuse Awareness Training.” Authority members were able to attend the roundtable in person at the Authority’s campus or by streaming the presentation online. The presentation, by Kimberlee Norris, Partner in the Love Norris law firm,

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Management Academy 2018 Wraps Up

November 5th, 2018

The 2018 Management Academy was held over four days last month and drew in 29 attendees from Authority member agencies. Participants gathered at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad to hear instructor Forrest Story discuss the role of a manager, how values and ethics impact decisions, elements of effective performance appraisals, and other topics designed to

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California State Legislative 2017-18 Session Ends

November 3rd, 2018

California State Legislative 2017-18 Session Ends The 2017-2018 session of the California State Legislature has ended and several key bills that the Authority opposed have been vetoed by Governor Brown. They are AB 553 (Daly) Workers’ compensation: return-to-work program – This bill would have required full payout of all remaining funds in the 100 percent

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Risk Management Educational Forum 2019 – Save the Date

October 29th, 2018

The 23rd annual Risk Management Educational Forum wrapped up on Friday, September 21at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, with over 300 attendees making this the most well-attended Forum ever. Plans are already underway for the 2019 Forum, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa from October 9-11, 2019. For information

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Registration Open for Q4 Risk Managers Roundtable

October 22nd, 2018

Registration is now open for the Authority’s Risk Managers Roundtable for the fourth quarter. The topic for this roundtable is Sexual Abuse Awareness Training, which will be presented by attorney Kimberlee Norris. Ms. Norris is also director of MinistrySafe, an organization founded to protect children and those who serve them, and staffed by attorneys who

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: The Human Side of Cybersecurity

October 10th, 2018

According to “Risk Management Monitor,” a recent study in the United Kingdom revealed that human error is often the root cause of a cyber breach. Organizations can minimize the risk of a breach by educating and training employees, that is, incorporating the “human element” into their cyber risk management plans. To share thoughts on cyber

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Fire Prevention Week Features the Theme of Look, Listen, Learn

October 10th, 2018

October 7-13, 2018 is Fire Prevention Week, a week designed to promote public awareness on how to stay safe in case of a fire. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) chooses a theme for the week. This year’s theme is “Look, Listen, Learn,” three basic steps to reduce the likelihood of having a

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Authority Offices Closed During the 2018 Educational Forum

September 18th, 2018

The Authority’s offices will be closed from Tuesday, September 18through Friday, September 21 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 September 24, please call Jim Thyden, Insurance Programs Manager, at (562) 631-5449. For all other urgent matters, please

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The Authority Welcomes Its Newest Member, Alhambra

September 18th, 2018

This summer, the City of Alhambra became the newest member of the California JPIA, joining the Authority’s other members, which include 90 cities, 19 joint powers authorities, and six special districts. “After considering the various options available to the City, we determined that the California JPIA provides the best value in terms of mitigating the

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Revised Tree Inspection and Maintenance Policy Template

September 10th, 2018

The Authority has recently revised its Tree Inspection and Maintenance Policy template. This template establishes guidelines to reduce public agency exposure to liability associated with trees. Additionally, it contains guidelines for protecting trees and maintaining their public benefit, including improved air quality, reduced storm water flow, habitat for wildlife, and a reduced heat island effect. The

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Members Learn about Workers’ Compensation Issues at 2018 Symposium

September 4th, 2018

September 4, 2018 The Authority’s tenth annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium was held on August 16, 2018 on the California JPIA campus for attendees that included Authority members, defense attorneys, and claims adjusters from York. Symposium attendees heard from a panel of defense attorneys, including Giovanni Valencia from Hayford, Felchlin, Valencia & McWhorter; Cliff Weinberg from

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Liability Summit 2018 Provides Legal Insights from the Past Year

September 4th, 2018

The California JPIA’s Annual Liability Attorney Summit, which was held on July 24, 2018 at the Authority campus in La Palma, hosted 52 participants, including representatives from Carl Warren & Company, Authority staff, and the Authority’s liability defense panel firms and business partners. California JPIA CEO, Jon Shull, welcomed attendees and was followed by Paul

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Members Learn about Workers’ Compensation Issues at 2018 Symposium

September 4th, 2018

The Authority’s tenth annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium was held on August 16, 2018 on the California JPIA campus for attendees that included Authority members, defense attorneys, and claims adjusters from York.  Symposium attendees heard from a panel of defense attorneys, including Giovanni Valencia from Hayford, Felchlin, Valencia & McWhorter; Cliff Weinberg from Ingber & Weinberg;

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Memoranda of Coverage for 2018-19 Available in myJPIA

September 1st, 2018

Memoranda of coverage for 2018-19 are available for download on myJPIA. Member employees who have been granted access can find their memoranda of coverage by logging into myJPIA, then clicking on “Risk Management” and on “Memoranda and Certificates.” If the Memoranda and Certificates page is not visible as a navigation option within myJPIA, contact Edith Avina to gain access to

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Authority Campus Closed in Observance of Labor Day

August 30th, 2018

The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor 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, September 4.

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August 28 Risk Managers Roundtable Postponed

August 27th, 2018

The Risk Managers Roundtable on Volunteer Management, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 28 in Arroyo Grande, has been postponed to a later date. Registrants will be notified when a new date has been selected for the roundtable. For questions or more information, contact Ryan Thomas, Training and Loss Control Specialist, by email or

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Educational Forum Opening Session Addresses the #MeToo Movement

August 20th, 2018

The Authority’s 2018 Risk Management Educational Forum’s Opening Session will include a presentation by Gerry Preciado on the “#MeToo” movement and its effect on California’s employment climate. The #MeToo movement has led to a greater focus on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. Titled “Employment Litigation and the #MeToo Impact,” Preciado’s Forum presentation

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Wait List Open for October 2018 Management Academy

August 4th, 2018

Registration for the Authority’s October 2018 Management Academy reached capacity soon after it opened. To be placed on the wait list, members should register for the academy through myJPIA. Those on the wait list will be notified as soon as an opening becomes available.  The Management Academy, which will be held at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad

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2018 Risk Management Awards Highlight Member Achievements

August 2nd, 2018

The California JPIA recognized six of its members for their achievements in risk management by honoring them with the 2018 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.  For

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2018 Capstone Award Finalists Selected

August 1st, 2018

The finalists for the 2018 Capstone Award have been selected and will be honored in a ceremony at this September’s Risk Management Educational Forum. The Capstone Award is presented at the Forum each year to an individual who best exemplifies the practice of risk management. The 2018 finalists are: Karina Bañales, City of Palos Verdes Estates

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Newly Elected Official Academy Covers the Fundamentals of Local Government

July 31st, 2018

The Authority’s Newly Elected Officials Academy was held in June in Laguna Beach with 22 elected officials from 17 different public agencies attending sessions that covered the fundamentals of local government. Newly elected officials first seated between November 2016 and April 2018 were invited to attend this two-day training event. Topics included in the sessions

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Workers’ Compensation Symposium 2018 Registration

July 19th, 2018

Registration is still open for the 2018 California JPIA’s annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium, to be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Authority’s campus in La Palma. This event provides an opportunity for members to hear from industry experts and meet with the Authority’s panel attorneys and the York claims team. Topics being presented

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Cool Zones

July 5th, 2018

To assist citizens during the hottest part of the year, and in the interest of public health, some Authority members arrange for a network of cool zones or cooling centers (e.g. libraries and churches), which provide cool, air-conditioned locations for residents and other individuals who have nowhere else to go. However, it’s necessary to think

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Risk Managers Roundtables Provide Interactive Learning Opportunities for Members

July 5th, 2018

Details on the third and fourth quarter Risk Managers Roundtables, to be held in August and November of 2018, will be available in the coming weeks. The Authority’s quarterly roundtables present various topics related to risk management and provide interactive learning opportunities for members on timely and relevant topics. Typically, the two-hour roundtables are held

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Annual Board of Directors Meeting Held in July

July 2nd, 2018

The Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held in La Palma on July 18, 2018 with a quorum of delegates in attendance, representing 73 member agencies. Curtis Morris, President of the Executive Committee, presided over the meeting, which included Executive Committee elections, recognition of the 2018 Risk Management Award winners, and a presentation of the

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Registration Open for the 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

June 27th, 2018

Registration is currently open for the Authority’s annual Board of Directors meeting, to be held on Wednesday, July 18, at 7:00 pm at the California JPIA’s La Palma campus. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet the Executive Committee and Authority staff, and network with other members of the California JPIA. The business meeting will present

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Registration Open for Third Quarter Risk Managers Roundtable

June 19th, 2018

Registration is open for the Authority’s third quarter Risk Managers Roundtable, featuring the topic “Volunteer Management.” Participants at this roundtable will learn how to better manage volunteers at their agencies, with presentation topics including the appropriate age for volunteers, court-ordered community service programs, and the Authority’s Volunteer Manual Template. The roundtables will be presented at

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Program Certificates for 2018-19 Now Available to Members in MyJPIA

June 19th, 2018

Members with responsibility for their agency’s program certificates and other coverage documents are now able to use a new feature in myJPIA which allows them to easily download program certificates for each pooled program in which their agency participates. The 2018-19 program certificates are available using this feature. If already in myJPIA, the certificates can be found

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June Public Works Academy Held in Paso Robles

June 18th, 2018

The California JPIA’s Public Works Academy was held in June at the La Bellasera Hotel in Paso Robles. Twenty-one attendees from 15 agencies took part in the three-day academy, which covered topics such as Risk Management for Public Works, Contractual Risk Transfer, Technology, Investigating Claims, and Fleet Management and Driver Safety. The Academy concluded with

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Revised Drug-Free Workplace Policy Available to Members

June 14th, 2018

The Authority has recently updated its “Drug-Free Workplace” policy template to assist members with maintaining a workplace that is free of drugs and alcohol, and to discourage drug and alcohol abuse by employees. This policy governs not only the abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs, but also the use and abuse of legal drugs in

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Mandated Reporter Policy Templates Added to Online Library

June 5th, 2018

The Authority has recently created two new policy templates to assist members with the development of a policy for mandated reporter requirements. One template is specific to mandated reporter requirements as they pertain to children, and the other pertains to the elderly and dependent adults. The templates identify employees who are required to report child,

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Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

May 24th, 2018

The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial 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, May 29.

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Capstone Award Nominations Being Accepted Through End of May

May 22nd, 2018

Nominations for the Capstone Award are being accepted through Wednesday, May 30, 2018. The Capstone Award is presented annually to someone at an Authority member agency who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector by implementing loss prevention programs, working to support risk management efforts at their agency, and influencing others

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Foreign Travel Program Available to Authority Members

May 17th, 2018

Members who travel outside the United States create exposures that are not covered in the Memoranda of Coverage for the liability programs. Because of this, the Authority has developed a new program to provide coverage for members engaged in foreign travel. There are five categories of coverage provided by this program: Foreign Commercial General Liability

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April Human Resources Academy Called “Inspiring”

May 7th, 2018

April’s Human Resources Academy wrapped up with members commenting on the “inspiring” and “thought-provoking” content presented during the academy. Instructors included Monica Sanchez and Katy Suttorp from Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP; Jeff Bills from Confidence Consulting; Jeff Rush, the Authority’s Workers’ Compensation Program Manager; and Paul Zeglovitch, the Liability Program Manager for the Authority.

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Agency Clerk Career Opportunity: Thursday, May 3 Deadline

May 1st, 2018

Reminder: The California JPIA’s recruitment for an Agency Clerk is scheduled to close on Thursday, May 3, 2018.  The individual in this position would perform professional, technical, and administrative functions that require a high degree of discretion and independent judgment in support of the Chief Executive Officer and Administrative Programs Manager. Specific tasks and responsibilities include

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Registration Open for the 2018 Risk Management Educational Forum

April 29th, 2018

Registration is open for the Authority’s 23rd Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, entitled The Amazing Race to Risk Management Success. The Forum will be held at Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad on September 19 – 21, 2018 and will feature keynote speaker Phil Hansen, whose artistic journey has become a source of inspiration for the tens

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Second Quarter Roundtables: Effective Performance Feedback

April 26th, 2018

Registration is open for the second quarter series of the Authority’s Risk Managers Roundtables, which will take place in May and feature the topic “Develop Quality Staff Through Effective Performance Feedback.”  Attendees at this roundtable will learn about and discuss the multi-faceted world of employee feedback and documentation and the significant role they play in

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2018 Forum Scholarship and Capstone Award

April 25th, 2018

Members who are interested in applying for an Educational Forum scholarship to attend the 2018 Risk Management Educational Forum or in submitting a nomination for the Capstone Award have until May to complete an online application or nomination form. While there is no cost for members to register for the Forum, the California JPIA is

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April’s Authority Live Webcast: Active Shooter

April 18th, 2018

The California’s JIPA’s webcast series, Authority Live!, is back on April 23, 2018 at 10:00 am with an episode regarding active shooter scenarios. The possibility of someone coming into a facility with a gun and shooting people is rare, but nonetheless catastrophic. Recent shootings in Florida and Las Vegas have stirred the debate on what

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Authority Live! April Webcast Available Online

April 10th, 2018

California JPIA members can now view April’s Authority Live! webcast, “Active Shooter in the Workplace,” online. Dr. Steve Albrecht, who is internationally known for his consulting and training work in workplace violence prevention training programs, discusses tactics such as “Run, Hide and Fight,” which have been proven to be the best chance for survival during

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Career Opportunity: Agency Clerk

April 4th, 2018

The Authority is currently recruiting for an Agency Clerk. The individual in this position would perform professional, technical, and administrative functions that require a high degree of discretion and independent judgment in support of the Chief Executive Officer and Administrative Programs Manager. Specific tasks and responsibilities include managing the Authority’s document and records management program, analyzing

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California JPIA Now Accepting Nominations for the Capstone Award

April 3rd, 2018

The nomination period is open for the 6th Annual California JPIA Capstone Award. This award is presented annually by the California JPIA to an individual who best exemplifies the practice of risk management among its member agencies. Again, this year, this important recognition will be awarded to an outstanding individual during a ceremony at the Authority’s

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Board of Directors Meeting July 18, 2018: Save the Date

April 2nd, 2018

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 2018 Board of Directors meeting will be held at the Authority’s campus

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Cyber Liability Insurance

March 25th, 2018

Authority members may be unfamiliar with cyber liability as an exposure and do not routinely require vendors/contractors who represent a cyber exposure to the agency to carry cyber liability insurance. To share thoughts on cyber insurance requirements for vendors or to pose questions regarding this topic, members can visit the Authority’s LinkedIn discussion group page.

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Sidewalk Maintenance and Streets and Highways Code Sec. 5610

March 22nd, 2018

Many agencies are unaware of California Streets & Highways (S&H) Code Section 5610, a statute that allows members with sidewalks to transfer the risk and expense of sidewalk repairs and maintenance to adjacent private property owners. However, the statute doesn’t absolve agencies of all responsibility for inspecting and maintaining sidewalks. Authority members can share their

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Academy Schedule for 2018-2020

March 22nd, 2018

The Authority’s 2018-2020 Academy schedule is now available to California JPIA members. Academies are limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis, and wait lists are established once the attendee list is full. Note that not all academies have the same registration process: certain academies will be by invitation only, and select members will

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Executive Academy 2018 Registration Open

March 15th, 2018

The Authority’s Executive Academy for 2018 is now open for registration. The academy, which is designed for current or soon-to-be city managers and chief executives, will be held on April 11 – 13, 2018 at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara. The Executive Academy offers a unique opportunity for the chief executives of the Authority’s

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March is National Ladder Safety Month

March 15th, 2018

March is National Ladder Safety Month, an opportunity to promote awareness, training, and education to prevent ladder-related injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the United States, more than 500 thousand people are treated for and about 300 people die from ladder-related injuries. The Authority has ladder safety

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Encroachment Permits and Insurance

March 8th, 2018

When dealing with the issue of encroachment on agency property, the Authority has specific recommendations regarding risk transfer. However, Authority members sometimes struggle to obtain appropriate insurance from individuals (particularly homeowners) or entities who want to encroach on agency property. Members can share their thoughts on how to effectively transfer risk associated with encroachment on

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The Authority Announces New Training Courses for 2018

March 7th, 2018

The Authority is pleased to announce the development of new instructor-led training courses for 2018. Members may register for these and other trainings on myJPIA via the training calendar. The new courses are: Accident Investigation HAZWOPER First Responder – Awareness Level and Operations Level Introduction to Cal/OSHA and Conducting Safety Inspections Driver Safety The Authority’s newsletter has more detailed

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Retroreflectivity of Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings

February 21st, 2018

In various cities throughout the state of California, some signs and pavement markings are difficult to see during the day, and even more so at night. The California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD) addresses maintaining minimum retroreflectivity of signs, but at the moment, there are no similar requirements for minimum standards for pavement

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Updated Annual Contribution and Retrospective Computations Available on Website

February 21st, 2018

Both Primary Liability Program and Primary Workers’ Compensation Program annual contributions and retrospective computations for the 2018-19 coverage period are available on the Authority’s website in the Resources and Documents Library and on the Cost Allocation pages.  Annual contributions, which provide the pool with necessary resources for the defense and payment of claims, are calculated based on an

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Educational Forum 2018 Theme Announced

February 21st, 2018

The Authority’s 23rd annual Risk Management Educational Forum has as its theme “The Amazing Race to Risk Management Success,” highlighting the importance of goals and preparation for challenges when contemplating risk management issues. The annual Forum is a two-and-a-half-day educational event that allows Authority members to study topics and issues relevant to local government, and come

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Revised Resource: Contractual Risk Transfer Manual

February 13th, 2018

The Authority recently revised its Contractual Risk Transfer Manual. The manual, which was last updated in 2016, contains several updates, including new automobile liability limits for service work adjacent to or impacting roadways, and updated indemnity language in the professional service agreement section. The purpose of the manual is to guide the user in writing

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Third-Party Transportation Providers

February 13th, 2018

Some agencies use third-party transportation providers for excursions and outings, such as taking senior citizens to museums; taking youth to the beach, camps, or water parks during the summer; and taking youth leagues to tournaments. However, providing transportation comes with significant liability exposure. Members can log onto the Authority’s members-only LinkedIn discussion group page to share their

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DOT Amends Employee Drug Testing Requirements

February 6th, 2018

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has published its long-awaited final rule amending its drug testing program for DOT-regulated employers. The new DOT rule makes the following significant changes: adding four semi-synthetic opioids (hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone) to the drug testing panel, which is “intended to help address the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse” and

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The Authority Launches New Features in myJPIA

February 5th, 2018

Authority members will now be able to use new features in myJPIA, including a personalized dashboard that allows easy access to key metrics and information for members who perform a primary role for their agency, such as city manager, executive director, human resources director, etc. Other features include instant access to LossCAP items, enhanced search filters for

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Form OSHA 300A Posting

January 31st, 2018

The Authority is reminding its members that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to post OSHA Form 300A between February 1 and April 30, 2018. Form 300A provides a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2017 and were logged on OSHA Form 300. The form

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Risk Management Academy Kicks Off January 23

January 23rd, 2018

The Authority’s newest academy offering, the Risk Management Academy, takes place this week in Carlsbad. Running from January 23 – 25, this academy provides risk managers at member agencies with the skills necessary to help create and support a healthy risk management culture, covering topics such as the importance of root cause analysis, consequences of

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Independent Contract Instructors and Children’s Safety

January 18th, 2018

Protecting children that participate in an agency’s after-school and recreation programs is crucial, as the risk of child predators is real. Mitigating this risk goes far beyond signed participant waivers and requiring sexual molestation insurance from independent contract instructors. Members can visit the Authority’s members-only LinkedIn discussion group page to share their thoughts on policies and procedures

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Spotting a Phishing Scam

January 11th, 2018

Educating and training staff is crucial in the fight against cyber criminals. Since phishing attacks are some of the most common types of cyber crimes, being able to spot a phishing email is of particular importance. Phishing is defined, according to Merriam-Webster, as a scam by which an internet user is duped (as by a

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Mandatory Transgender Rights Poster

January 5th, 2018

Beginning January 1, 2018, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) requires California employers with five or more employees to display the DFEH’s “Transgender Rights in the Workplace” poster, which must be placed in a prominent and accessible location in the workplace. The poster provides answers to employer FAQs, useful definitions, and information

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Lexipol Law Enforcement Program

January 3rd, 2018

California JPIA members with police departments are provided funding by the Authority for participation in Lexipol’s Law Enforcement Policy Manual Update and Daily Training Bulletin subscriptions. The Authority formed a strategic business partnership with Lexipol in January 2009, and this partnership has continued over the years in order to equip the Authority’s members with policies

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Effective Screening Procedures for Child-Serving Positions

December 21st, 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

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2017 Risk Managers Roundtables Wrap Up

December 4th, 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,

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Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 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.

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Authority Offices Winter Holiday Schedule

November 21st, 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

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New Resource Available: Proposition 64 White Paper

November 13th, 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

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Fall Management Academy Tackles the Basics of Effective Supervision

October 26th, 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

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Revised Vehicle Cards Available

October 18th, 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

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Sex Offender Residency Restrictions Under Fire

October 16th, 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

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Hepatitis A Outbreak in California

October 15th, 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

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Authority Offices Closed During the 2017 Educational Forum

October 9th, 2017

The Authority’s offices will be closed from Tuesday, October 10through 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.

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New Resource for Members: Abusive Conduct Policy

October 9th, 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

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The Concussion Management in Youth Sports Act

October 9th, 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

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2018 Educational Forum to be Held in Carlsbad

October 7th, 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,

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Liability Attorney Summit Held in August

October 2nd, 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

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

October 2nd, 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

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Third Quarter Risk Managers Roundtable Wraps Up

September 19th, 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

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Workers’ Compensation Symposium 2017

September 19th, 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,

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Forum Registration Closes on September 11

September 11th, 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,

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Authority Resource Addresses Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace

September 2nd, 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

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2017 Capstone Award Finalists Selected

August 31st, 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

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Authority Campus Closing for Labor Day Holiday

August 31st, 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.

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August Authority Live! Focuses on Design Immunity

August 14th, 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

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Registration Open for August Roundtables

August 7th, 2017

Registration is currently open for the third quarter series of Risk Managers Roundtables, which run through August and feature the topic, “Creating Inter-generational Harmony in the Workplace.” Attendees will learn how to understand, adapt, and appreciate generational differences in today’s workplace. Speaker Doug Sjoberg will present how to communicate diplomatically, behavioral characteristics typical of employees

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Annual Board of Directors Meeting Held in July

August 7th, 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

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Part-Time Maintenance Worker Position Open

July 31st, 2017

The Authority is actively recruiting for the position of part-time Maintenance Worker. The Maintenance Worker will play an essential role in the appearance and condition of the Authority’s campus. The position requires performing semi-skilled to skilled level maintenance and repair work in a variety of trade disciplines including custodial/janitorial, electrical, and plumbing. Work also includes routine

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Career Opportunity: Senior Risk Manager

July 17th, 2017

The Authority is currently recruiting for a Senior Risk Manager. The primary responsibility of the Senior Risk Manager is to manage member action plans, meet with member officials and staff, advise on matters regarding public policy and operational procedures, identify training needs, provide training, serve as liaison on liability and workers’ compensation claim matters, make

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Revised Resource Available: Criminal Background Check Policy

July 17th, 2017

The Authority has recently revised its Criminal Background Check Policy template, which can be found in the Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org. This newest revision addresses recent changes in regulations that California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) made regarding employers’ use of employees’ and applicants’ criminal history in employment decisions. Specifically, the template revisions add

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2017 Educational Forum Opening Sessions Provide Members with a Choice

July 17th, 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

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2017 Risk Management Awards Presented to Six Authority Members

July 7th, 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

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Registration for Board of Directors Meeting

July 5th, 2017

Registration for the Authority’s annual Board of Directors meeting is currently open. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 19, at 7:00 pm at the California JPIA’s La Palma campus. Members attending will have the opportunity to meet the Executive Committee and Authority staff, and network with other members of the California JPIA. The business

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2017 Management Academy Registration Open

June 28th, 2017

Registration is open for the Authority’s 2017 Management Academy, being held from September 25 – 28, 2017 at La Bellasera Hotel & Suites in Paso Robles. This academy, designed for entry-level managers and supervisors, presents participants with unique approaches to help improve the performance, motivation, and commitment of employees in an ever more complex and

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June Public Works Academy Held in Indian Wells

June 26th, 2017

The California JPIA’s Public Works Academy was held in June at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Indian Wells. Twenty-five attendees from 16 agencies took part in the three-day academy, which covered topics such as Risk Management for Public Works, Contractual Risk Transfer, and Work Area Traffic Control. Participants were also treated to a

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Deadline for Submitting Capstone Nominations

June 26th, 2017

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017 Capstone Award is Thursday, June 29. The Capstone Award is presented each year at the Authority’s Risk Management Educational Forum, and is given to an individual at a member agency who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector. To nominate someone or to

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Registration Open for Workers’ Compensation Symposium

June 21st, 2017

Registration is open for the California JPIA’s annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium, to be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Authority’s campus in La Palma. This event provides an opportunity for members to hear from numerous industry experts and meet with the Authority’s panel attorneys and the York claims team. Topics being presented at

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2017 Risk Management Educational Forum Registration Open

June 12th, 2017

Registration is open for the Authority’s 22nd Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, entitled Risk Management – Facing the Future Together, to be held at The Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara on October 11-13, 2017. The Forum will feature keynote speaker Doc Hendley, who founded Wine to Water, a charitable organization devoted to providing clean water

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New Features Coming to myJPIA

June 7th, 2017

The California JPIA website is currently undergoing an update which will include new features within myJPIA, designed to make navigation easier and to help members submit and keep track of reported claims and reimbursements for training events. More information will be provided to members in the coming days.

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Newly Elected Officials Learn About Local Government at May Academy

June 7th, 2017

In May, the California JPIA held the Newly Elected Officials Academy as an educational opportunity specifically geared towards newly elected local government officials at the Authority’s member agencies. The academy is a hands-on learning experience focusing on the active exchange of ideas and information through a series of sessions presented by professionals experienced in local

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MyJPIA Unavailable on Friday, June 9 Due to Scheduled Maintenance

June 7th, 2017

Please note that from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm on Friday, June 9, the myJPIA section of the Authority’s website will be down while we perform important scheduled maintenance. During this time, members will be unable to access myJPIA for training registrations or password-protected documents. For any urgent requests, members can contact the Authority’s main

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Nominations Continue for Capstone Award

June 6th, 2017

The nomination period for the Authority’s Capstone Award is continuing. The Capstone Award is presented annually to an individual at a member agency who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector. To nominate someone or to nominate yourself, please click on this survey link to complete a brief questionnaire. For more information on

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Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Policy Template Revised

June 5th, 2017

The Authority has recently revised its Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program policy template. This template provides a foundation for an effective AED program and is available in the “Policy Templates” section of the Authority’s Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org. The template provides guidance to members on establishing training and standards for the use of AEDs by

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Risk Managers Roundtable for Q2 Wraps Up With Discussions About Homelessness

May 27th, 2017

The second-quarter series of Risk Managers Roundtables wrapped up in May on the topic of Managing Homelessness Issues. Jim Betts, the architect of the City of Fresno’s policy on dealing with homelessness, presented attendees with information on developing viable policies, avoiding civil lawsuits when cleaning up encampments, and forming alliances with charitable organizations. The California

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Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

May 25th, 2017

The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  For urgent matters, please call the Authority’s main number, (562) 467-8700. You will be directed to the staff member on call. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30.

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California JPIA Executive Committee Member David Spence Passes

May 17th, 2017

California JPIA Executive Committee member David A. Spence passed away on the morning of May 16, 2017 after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home. Spence served for almost 20 years on the Authority’s Executive Committee and was the Committee’s Secretary at the time of his death. He was first elected to the La

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WannaCry Ransomware Attack

May 17th, 2017

As the recent WannaCry ransomware attack has shown, it is crucial for agencies to update their computer security systems on a regular basis and keep staff trained in detecting and avoiding malware. The virus encrypts all the files on infected computers and demands a ransom of $300 in bitcoin. New victims of the virus are

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April Human Resources Academy

May 15th, 2017

The Authority’s Human Resources (HR) Academy was held over three days in April and provided attendees with essential training geared towards experienced human resources administrators and managers. Academy attendees, who included 24 participants from 18 agencies, gathered at the Westlake Village Inn and learned from subject matter experts, including Dr. Steve Albrecht, Kelly Trainer, Katy

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Board of Directors Certification Due in June

May 11th, 2017

The California JPIA asks members to annually certify a designated California JPIA Director and Alternate(s) prior to the Board of Directors meeting, which is held each year in July. The Authority has an automated certification process that is efficient and paperless. An email containing specific directions on completing the certification, as well as login credentials, was sent in April

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Special Event Program for Summer Festivities

May 11th, 2017

With summer just around the corner, many agencies are preparing for public and private events that will take place on agency-owned properties. The Authority’s Special Events Program provides members with liability insurance for special events or short-term activities, including weddings, art festivals, parades, and block parties, and member-sponsored events such as job fairs, carnivals, and

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2017 Capstone Award Nominations Currently Being Accepted

April 27th, 2017

Each year at the Authority’s Risk Management Educational Forum, the Authority presents the Capstone Award to an individual who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector. To qualify for this award, individuals must work at a member agency and fulfill the following criteria: Think through the implications of risk in the

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Social Media Comment and Content Guide

April 26th, 2017

The Authority has available to members a Social Media Comment and Content Moderation Guide to assist members with managing the risks associated with maintaining an agency website and a presence on third-party social media sites. While the use of these platforms is an excellent way for public agencies to engage with citizens, businesses, and other

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Authority Training Addresses New Law Regarding Workplace Harassment

April 19th, 2017

In the wake of the passage of AB 1661, the Authority is offering a new classroom training titled “Workplace Harassment Training for Local Agency Officials.” This course, offered regionally, enables members to comply with the training requirements under AB 1661. AB 1661 requires that compensated local agency officials, including elected officials and commissioners, receive workplace

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Leadership Academy Provides Education for Senior Management

April 13th, 2017

The California JPIA’s Leadership Academy was held in March at La Bellasera Hotel & Suites in Paso Robles. Over the course of three days, 27 participants, representing 16 member agencies, took part in educational sessions designed for senior management. Sessions featured a variety of issues, including transforming organizations through great leadership, public service ethics, and

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

April 6th, 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

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

April 4th, 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

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May Risk Managers Roundtable Tackles Issues with Homelessness

April 3rd, 2017

The May Risk Managers Roundtable will address challenges that agencies face surrounding homelessness. “Managing Homeless Issues,” will feature Jim Betts, Partner with Betts & Rubin and contract counsel for the City of Fresno. At this roundtable, participants will learn important steps that an agency can take to effectively manage homelessness concerns, such as how to

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Revised Hearing Conservation Program Template Available

March 29th, 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.

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Authority Developing Series of Informative Video Shorts

March 29th, 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,

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2017 Risk Management Educational Forum Theme Looks to the Future

March 29th, 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

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2017-18 Cost Allocation Invoice Summary

March 23rd, 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

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Risk Managers Roundtable: The Risk Management Process

March 9th, 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

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Performance Reviews Still Valuable When Done Correctly

March 7th, 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

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Contract Management

February 21st, 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

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Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents’ Day

February 16th, 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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January’s Authority Live! Webcast Available to Members Online

February 13th, 2017

January’s Authority Live! event, which focused on the passage of Proposition 64 and the resulting “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA), is now available for California JPIA members to view online. Stephen A. McEwen, Partner at Burke, Williams and Sorensen, presented information on AUMA, including the development and enforcement of ordinances covering the regulation of

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Unpermitted Structures on Public Property

February 1st, 2017

Unpermitted structures that are built by private citizens on public property, but not authorized by the member agency, should be removed as soon as possible to minimize potential risk exposure. If structures such as these are permitted to remain, agencies run the risk of eventually having to remove something that has become popular with the

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Revised Template Added to Authority Library: Automated External Defibrillator Program

February 1st, 2017

A revised policy template, Automated External Defibrillator Program, has been added to the Authority’s Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org. This template provides guidance to members on establishing training and standards for the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) by non-licensed or non-certified personnel. The template also includes an AED maintenance log/checklist. Note that this template is for

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New Law Affects Using Cell Phones behind the Wheel

January 30th, 2017

In response to growing statistics supporting the dangers of cell phone use while driving, California has established a new law cracking down on drivers handling cell phones. Previous laws banned talking and texting on handheld phones while operating a motor vehicle. However, the new law, AB1785, which took effect on January 1st, 2017, makes it illegal

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MyJPIA Unavailable on Friday, January 27th Due to Scheduled Maintenance

January 25th, 2017

Please note that from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm on Friday, January 27th, the myJPIA section of the Authority’s website will be down while we perform important scheduled maintenance. During this time, members will be unable to access myJPIA for training registrations or password-protected documents. For any urgent requests, members can contact the Authority’s main

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January Authority Live! Focuses on Legalized Marijuana Use

January 12th, 2017

On Tuesday, January 24th, the California JPIA will present the latest installment of Authority Live!, focusing on the passage of Proposition 64 and the resulting “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA). Authority Live! is a web-based, live event designed for Authority members to receive the latest information on important and topical issues. The guest speaker at

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2016 Risk Managers Roundtables End with Cyber Liability Discussions

December 7th, 2016

The Authority wrapped up its series of quarterly Risk Managers Roundtables in November, with roundtable discussions on the topic of cyber liability and exposures. Attendees listened to attorney Scott Koller from Baker & Hostetler give a presentation about cyber risks, the cyber coverage that the Authority provides, and what some of the best risk management practices are

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The California JPIA Welcomes a New Member

November 29th, 2016

The Authority welcomed the City of Azusa to its membership this summer, with the city becoming the first member to join the Authority’s newly created Excess Liability Program. With the addition of Azusa, the Authority’s membership is now composed of 92 cities, 18 joint powers authorities, and six special districts, which are located in 15 counties throughout the

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Workplace Harassment Prevention Training Mandatory for Elected Officials

November 29th, 2016

After an observed increase in the number of high-profile harassment cases against elected local government officials in California over the past few years, the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) took the position that elected officials should be provided with workplace harassment training required for all supervisors throughout the State by AB 1825.  Despite

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Service Animals and the ADA – FAQ

November 14th, 2016

A new resource is available on the Authority’s website in the Resources and Documents library for members who would like information on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to service animals. Because many people with disabilities rely on service animals for basic functions of everyday life, members should be aware of the ADA’s

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Social Media Policies

November 8th, 2016

In order to manage online presence and protect against litigation tied to abuse of social media, public agencies are encouraged to have a comprehensive social media policy in which the types of acceptable and unacceptable content are clearly indicated. The California JPIA is currently enhancing its social media guide and templates to assist members in

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Save the Date: 2017 Risk Management Educational Forum

November 3rd, 2016

The 21st annual Risk Management Educational Forum came to a successful conclusion in October at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, with a record-level turnout for that location. Plans are currently being made for the 2017 Forum, which will be at the Fess Parker Santa Barbara Hotel from October 11 – 13, 2017. For

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Risk Managers Roundtable: Cyber Liability and Exposures

October 26th, 2016

The California JPIA is presenting the fourth quarter Risk Managers Roundtable, which will be on the topic of cyber liability and exposures. During this event, attendees will learn about cyber exposure risks, the coverage the Authority provides, and some of the best risk management practices to minimize cyber exposure.  There will also be an inside

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Educational Forum Uses App to Keep Attendees Informed

October 6th, 2016

For the fourth consecutive year, the California JPIA is making an app available to attendees of the annual Risk Management Educational Forum. The app, which is available on Google Play and in the Windows Store and iTunes, will contain all session presentation materials that attendees will need during the Forum, as well as other helpful

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Capstone Award Finalists Selected

September 7th, 2016

The 2016 Capstone Award finalists have been selected and will be honored at the Authority’s annual Risk Management Educational Forum. The Capstone Award is presented each year to an individual who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector. This year’s finalists will receive a travel stipend to the Forum and complimentary

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New Webinar Resource Online – Reporting Workers’ Compensation Claims

September 6th, 2016

In September, York Risk Services Group and the California JPIA co-hosted a webinar focusing on the importance of reporting workers’ compensation injuries and illnesses in a timely manner. The Authority’s Workers’ Compensation Program Manager, Jeff Rush, and York’s De Ann Wagner and Nichole Martinez discussed the following topics: Information needed to report a claim How

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Members Learn about Workers’ Compensation Issues at Symposium

September 1st, 2016

The eighth annual Worker’s Compensation Symposium was held on August 18th at the California JPIA’s La Palma campus, providing 51 members from 22 agencies with the opportunity to meet the Authority’s panel attorneys and the York claims team, while learning about various workers’ compensation topics. Four key sessions were presented at the Symposium, including Dr. David Hall’s presentation

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Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Labor Day

September 1st, 2016

The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th, 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 6th.

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Pokemon Go Players on Agency Property

September 1st, 2016

The popular location-based augmented reality game Pokemon Go involves players using their mobile devices to find virtual Pokemon characters throughout the real world. However, the game has recently stirred up controversy as some players become hyper-focused on the game, contributing to accidents, putting themselves in dangerous situations, and trespassing on public and private property. Some

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: Agency Bicycles for Employees

August 18th, 2016

Some organizations across the country are deciding that a bicycle-friendly workplace is a good way to promote a healthy lifestyle and show a commitment to social responsibility. One option to encourage employees to use bicycles is to provide a bike-share program for employees. To share an experience with this type of program or to comment

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Liability Defense Attorney Summit

August 16th, 2016

Registration for the upcoming California JPIA Liability Defense Attorney Summit ends on August 16, 2016. The summit, which will take place on August 24, 2016 at the Authority’s La Palma campus, will run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm with registration and breakfast from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. The Authority’s defense counsel are invited to bring

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Deadline to Register for the 2016 Workers’ Compensation Symposium

August 11th, 2016

The deadline to register for the California JPIA’s 8th Annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium is August 11th. The symposium, held on Thursday, August 18th, 2016, runs from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and provides an opportunity for members to meet with the Authority’s panel attorneys and the York claims team, and learn about a variety of topics

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Public Works Academy

June 30th, 2016

The California JPIA’s Public Works Academy was held in June at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach. Over the course of three days, subject-matter experts presented attendees with valuable information on subjects such as Design Immunity, Introduction to Cal-OSHA, and Workers’ Compensation in Public Works. Thirty-seven participants representing twenty-five agencies were in attendance, which provided

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2016 Risk Management Educational Forum Registration Open

June 29th, 2016

Registration is open for the Authority’s 21st Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, entitled Weathering the Storm, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa on October 12 – 14, 2016. The Forum will feature keynote speaker Lt. General Russel L. Honoré USA (Ret.), who led military relief efforts in New Orleans after the

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Risk Managers Roundtables for August

June 28th, 2016

Registration is open for the California JPIA’s three August Risk Managers Roundtables, which focus on the Authority’s Property Program. Members are encouraged to bring their property schedules and talk with Jim Thyden, the Authority’s Insurance Programs Manager, and Dennis Mulqueeney, Alliant Insurance Broker for the Property Program. This event will be an open, interactive forum,

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Career Opportunity: Accounting Specialist

June 27th, 2016

The Authority is currently recruiting for an Accounting Specialist. The individual in this position would perform a wide variety of highly complex professional, administrative, analytical, and technical work in support of the Authority’s finance division. Work includes processing accounts payable, reconciling invoices related to the accounting of Authority funds, reconciling and auditing financial transactions in

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Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

May 26th, 2016

The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, May 25th, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  For urgent matters, please call the Authority’s main number, (562) 467-8700. You will be directed to the staff member on call. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26th.

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Management Academy in High Demand

May 26th, 2016

April’s Management Academy, held in Westlake Village, drew 32 participants from 20 different member agencies. At the Westlake Village Inn, attendees heard from Forrest Story, principal consultant for Public Sector Excellence, and John Perry, President of Human Productivity Systems, who provided information on the essentials of leadership, writing policies, performance appraisals, and other topics of

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Board of Directors Annual Meeting

May 25th, 2016

The Board of Directors Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 20th at 7:00 pm at the California JPIA’s La Palma campus. It is during the Board of Directors meeting that voting delegates will elect a Vice President and four Executive Committee members for two-year terms. In addition to providing an opportunity for attendees to

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Call for Capstone Award Nominations

May 10th, 2016

During this year’s Risk Management Educational Forum, the Authority will recognize an individual who best exemplifies the practice of risk management in the public sector. Nominations for this prestigious award can be for anyone who works at a member agency, and is someone who: thinks through the implications of risk in the carrying out of

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Last Chance to Register for June’s Public Works Academy

May 5th, 2016

The registration deadline for the Authority’s three-day Public Works Academy is Monday, May 16th. This academy, which will be held from Tuesday, June 7th through Thursday, June 9th at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, is geared towards experienced public works supervisors and managers. Topics that will be covered during the academy include traffic control

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Board of Directors Certification

April 28th, 2016

On an annual basis, the California JPIA asks members to certify a designated California JPIA Director and Alternate(s) prior to the Board of Directors meeting, which is held each year in July. The Authority has an automated process that is efficient and paperless. An email containing specific directions, as well as login credentials, was sent last week to the clerk

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LinkedIn Discussion Group: BMX Parks on City Property

April 27th, 2016

Some cities are receiving pressure from BMX enthusiasts to provide space for their biking activities, with some in the BMX community taking matters into their own hands and building impromptu BMX parks on city-owned property. However, when a city discovers one of these makeshift BMX parks on its property, a decision must be made: If

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Register for the May Risk Managers Roundtable

April 27th, 2016

“Management’s Guide to Safety” is the topic for the May Risk Managers Roundtable, which will be presented live at three locations: La Palma, Pismo Beach, and Palm Desert. All risk managers, city managers/chief executives, department directors, and front-line managers and supervisors are encouraged to attend one of the presentations. This roundtable will help participants understand

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The Authority’s 2016 Educational Forum Theme Announced

April 14th, 2016

Weathering the Storm is the theme for the California JPIA’s 21st Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa from October 12 – 14, 2016. The theme highlights the Authority’s efforts to shield and protect member agencies from the difficulties and hardships encountered as storms rage in

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Authority’s E-Learning Library Now Contains over 700 Courses

April 13th, 2016

The California JPIA recently expanded its e-learning library to include over 700 courses that can be viewed individually or in a group setting. Group e-learning is a new feature that was rolled out with the newly expanded library. After logging into myJPIA, members can access the Course Catalog, which is where e-learning courses are listed.

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February Parks and Recreation Academy Held in Huntington Beach

April 4th, 2016

The Parks and Recreation Academy was held February 9-11, 2016 at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach. Thirty-two participants representing twenty-one agencies attended the annual academy and heard from subject-matter experts, including Butch DeFillippo, Nancy B. White, Scott Grossberg, Nick Fazio and others. Academy attendees were provided with strategies geared towards parks and recreation directors,

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The Authority Awarded Accreditation with Excellence

March 31st, 2016

The California JPIA has been awarded Accreditation with Excellence by the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) for a three-year term beginning January 12, 2016.  CAJPA was created in 1981 as an association of risk-pooling Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs) to meet the need for communication and cooperation among JPAs at a time when the

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National Walk to Work Day

March 31st, 2016

National Walk-to-Work Day is April 1, 2016, and agencies should be prepared for an increase in foot traffic on this day, as employees look to reap the health benefits of walking. On a day such as this one, agencies are reminded of the importance of having a comprehensive sidewalk maintenance plan. The California JPIA offers

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Transgender Rights in the Workplace

March 24th, 2016

On February 17, 2016, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) issued guidance on Transgender Rights in the Workplace. The guidance includes a three-question FAQ for employers that addresses what questions an employer is allowed to ask and how employers can still implement dress codes and grooming standards, and explaining obligations that employers have

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Special Event Program

March 24th, 2016

With the arrival of Spring, many agencies host special events, such as Earth Day celebrations, Easter egg hunts, and parades. The Authority’s Special Event Program assists members by providing liability insurance when member-owned premises or facilities are used for these types of events or other short-term activities. There is no deductible for this coverage, and

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Annual Contribution Invoice Summary 2016-17

March 11th, 2016

The Annual Contribution and Retrospective Computation calculations provide the Authority with necessary resources for the defense and payment of claims, funding for excess and reinsurance premiums, claims administrations fees, broker fees, operating expenses, and all other costs associated with the coverage programs. Detailed support for the AC and RC calculations can be found in the

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E-Learning: Active Shooter and Workplace Violence

March 10th, 2016

Active shooter events in the United States are on the rise, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and an FBI study found that between the years 2000 and 2013, 70% of active shooter incidents happened at schools or businesses. Increasingly, employers are seeking assistance to develop their own workplace safety plans. To that end,

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Revised Contracts Templates Available

March 9th, 2016

The Authority has added new contract templates to the Resources and Documents library on cjpia.org and made revisions to templates previously available to members. These contract templates include insurance specifications and indemnity language that are addressed in the revised Contractual Risk Transfer Manual. The purpose of the contract templates is to guide the user in drafting agreements

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Board of Directors Meeting July 20, 2016: Save the Date

March 9th, 2016

Each July, the Authority’s Board of Directors conducts its an annual meeting. Topics presented at the meeting include the annual report, budget, and strategic plan and operational update. In addition, risk management awards are presented, and an election of Executive Committee members is conducted.  The 2016 Board of Directors meeting will be held at the

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ADA Loan Program Update

March 7th, 2016

The California JPIA is in the process of reviewing a program that would offer short-term loans to members interested in making capital improvements for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This program review means that the ADA loan program application is not yet ready to be released to members. The Authority will provide

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March 2016 Risk Managers Roundtable

February 25th, 2016

The Authority presents quarterly roundtables on various topics related to risk management, and for the first quarter of 2016, the Risk Managers Roundtable is titled “Dealing with the Media – the Do’s and the Don’ts.” This roundtable will be held over three days in March at three separate locations; La Palma, Indian Wells and San

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Updated Contractual Risk Transfer Manual Now Available

February 22nd, 2016

The Authority has made revisions to its Contractual Risk Transfer Manual, which was last revised in 2012. Some updated items in the manual include the general liability insurance specification, acceptable insurers provision, and Risk Analysis Questionnaire, while new content includes a Contract Review and Transmittal Form, additional information on waivers of subrogation, details on separation of

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Management Academy Offered in April and September

February 22nd, 2016

Registration is open for the Authority’s Management Academy, which will be held twice in 2016, from April 25 – 28 at the Westlake Village Inn and from September 26 – 28 at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Indian Wells. This academy is designed for entry-level managers and supervisors, and deals with the basics

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Public Works Academy in June

February 9th, 2016

Plans are currently being made for the Public Works Academy, which is scheduled to be held June 7-9, 2016 at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach. The Public Works Academy is a three-day academy geared towards public works management-level employees. Some of the topics covered in the Academy are an intro to Cal-OSHA, public works

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Accessing Online Resources and Documents

February 9th, 2016

Members wishing to access the Authority’s library of policy templates, checklists, workers’ compensation forms and other resources can find this information by visiting the Resources and Documents page on the Authority’s website. All library resources fall into one of several categories, and members can search for a resource by performing a keyword search or a category search

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OSHA Injury and Illness Summaries to Be Posted on February 1

January 27th, 2016

The Authority is reminding its members that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to post OSHA Form 300A between February 1 and April 30, 2016. Form 300A provides a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2015 and were logged on OSHA Form 300. The form

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Executive Academy Held in Indian Wells

January 27th, 2016

The Executive Academy was held at the Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells from January 20–22, providing attendees with practical solutions to issues and challenges facing executive management. Speakers at the three-day academy included Jeff Bills, Scott Grossberg and Julie Nelson, while the sessions covered a variety of topics, from the Psychology of Crisis Management to

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Sonny Santa Ines Joins Authority’s Executive Committee

January 21st, 2016

The Authority is pleased to welcome Bellflower City Council Member Sonny Santa Ines as its newest Executive Committee member. Sonny was elected to the committee in December 2015 to replace outgoing member John Addleman, who chose not to run for reelection. Sonny also serves on the Los Angeles County Library Commission; Southeast Los Angeles County

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John Addleman Recognized for Service to the Authority

December 17th, 2015

Outgoing California JPIA Executive Committee member John Addleman was recognized for his service to the Authority at the Committee’s December meeting. Addleman most recently served as mayor of Rolling Hills Estates. Addleman was appointed to the Committee in 2007 and served as chairman of the Budget Committee since 2012. Sonny Santa Inez, with the City

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ADA Loan Program

December 17th, 2015

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) non-compliance is a significant exposure to members, and the Authority continues to see claims arising from accessibility issues. Through a new ADA loan program approved by the Executive Committee, the Authority will be making available short-term matching loans to help members remove physical barriers inherent in non-compliance. The loans are

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Caltrans Requests for Information

November 17th, 2015

Caltrans has recently been contacting members for information regarding accessibility efforts for persons with disabilities and members’ ADA/504 self-evaluations and transition plans. There are two types of requests. One is directly from Caltrans and includes requests for documents, completion of a questionnaire, completion of a Local Agency ADA Annual Certification Form, an on-site visit, and staff

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Risk Management Educational Forum 2016 – Save the Date

October 5th, 2015

The 20th annual Risk Management Educational Forum wrapped up on Friday, September 25th at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, with a record-level turnout for that location. Plans are already being made for next year’s Forum, which will be at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa from October 12-14, 2016. Please click here to email

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Most Common Employment Discrimination Claims

October 5th, 2015

Earlier this year, the Insurance Journal featured an article titled “Top 10 Employment Discrimination Claims,” based on data compiled by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the fiscal year 2014. The EEOC found that the most common allegation was retaliation, followed by race discrimination. To see the rest of the article, including the top 10 categories

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Strong El Niño Probable

October 5th, 2015

Computer models indicate a strong El Niño this year, with a 95% chance that the event will continue through the winter, but according to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center, there are still no guarantees that the powerful event will occur. In order for this winter’s El Niño to rival the El Niño of

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Sidewalk Repair and Maintenance Program Pricing and Services

June 17th, 2015

The California JPIA’s Executive Committee has authorized the creation of a master services agreement to allow members to take advantage of favorable pricing related to sidewalk inspection and maintenance. Pricing and services information from the agreement is available on the Authority website in the Resources and Documents library. These services, provided by Precision Concrete Cutting, are

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Medical Provider Network Webinar Available to View Online

June 11th, 2015

In April, the California JPIA hosted a webinar for members to provide them with information on the Medical Provider Network (MPN). A recording of this webinar is now available to members through the California JPIA website. Members can access this resource by visiting the Resources and Documents page, selecting the Webcasts and Webinars category from the

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Property Damage Recovery Program Information on Website

April 27th, 2015

The Authority has partnered with two claim administrators, VeriClaim and Carl Warren & Company, to make available to members a Property Damage Recovery Program. This program offers assistance when a member suffers damage to property and the claim is either not covered, or the damage is below the deductible amount (if participating in the Authority’s

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New Website Page Launched for Continuity of Operations Program

March 31st, 2015

A new page on the California JPIA’s website has been launched to provide members with information on the Authority’s Continuity of Operations program. This program utilizes three strategic partners, Agility, NorthStar, and VeriClaim, to assist members when planned or unplanned events occur that shut down a member’s operations. These three partners work together to provide

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ADA Resources Available on Authority Website

March 19th, 2015

A number of resources for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are available to members on the Authority website and can be found by visiting the Resources and Documents page. These resources include: the Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a new resource that can be customized and posted at public facilities; the ADA

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Members: Submit Your Ideas for Newsletter Articles

March 19th, 2015

If members would like to learn more about a specific risk management topic, share news from their organization, or suggest ideas for upcoming newsletter articles, a new feature on the Authority website makes this possible. On the News and Updates and Authority Newsletterpages, members can look for the box on the right side of the page that contains

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Medical Provider Network Now Available

March 19th, 2015

The California JPIA has established a Medical Provider Network (MPN) in an effort to improve the quality of care provided to employees covered by the workers’ compensation program. When an injury occurs, employees will be required to seek treatment within the MPN unless the employee has pre-designated their own personal physician to provide treatment. The

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Authority Readying New Programs and Services

November 13th, 2014

At last month’s Risk Management Educational Forum, Assistant Executive Officer Norm Lefmann provided attendees a high-level overview of several initiatives that are on the near horizon, and are expected to launch near January 2015. Below is a summary of those programs and services. Please contact your Regional Risk Manager should you have any questions or want more

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Ebola Preparedness and Response

October 21st, 2014

Many members are rightly concerned about the possibility of a potential Ebola outbreak in the United States. Given emerging information about the disease and how the disease is spread, it is important that members consult with health officials, both locally and nationally. In addition, the Authority recommends that your agency be well prepared in the

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California Legislative Session Ends

October 14th, 2014

The California JPIA has worked closely with the legislative efforts of the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities to oppose five key bills that were ultimately vetoed by Governor Brown. They are: AB 194 (Campos) Open meetings: public criticism and comment. Would have had a negative impact on effective public meetings. AB 2052 (Gonzalez) Workers’

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California JPIA launches new website

October 9th, 2014

The California JPIA’s revamped website was recently launched, providing a new resource to assist members with a variety of functions, including accessing our library of documents, requesting Evidence of Coverage letters, registering for training courses, submitting receipts for training-related expenses, and other tasks. We look forward to hearing your feedback on the new website. If

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Ninth Circuit ruling: Cities have obligation under ADA to provide accessible on-street parking

October 2nd, 2014

In Fortyune v. City of Lomita, the Ninth Circuit ruled that cities have an obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide on-street parking that is accessible to people with disabilities, despite the fact that federal standards for ADA compliance don’t contain any requirements specifically related to on-street parking. While the Access Board,

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