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Registration Open for the Authority’s New Executive Summit

February 27th, 2024

Registration is open for the California JPIA’s new educational offering, the Executive Summit, a learning opportunity taking place April 9–11, 2024, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego. Limited to 30 attendees, the Summit provides tenured city managers and public agency chief executives with a unique opportunity to network, learn, and exchange ideas on

Human Resources Academy Registration Opens

February 26th, 2024

Registration requests are now open for the California JPIA’s Human Resources Academy scheduled for April 23 through 25, 2024, in San Diego. The Academy, tailored for human resources professionals, offers a unique learning experience set in an intimate group environment, away from the traditional office setting. Topics on the agenda include legal updates, creative recruitment

Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Presidents Day

February 15th, 2024

The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024, in observance of the Presidents 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, February 20.

Annual Board of Directors Meeting – Save the Date

February 13th, 2024

The Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, July 24, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at the California JPIA’s La Palma campus. The agenda will feature discussions on the annual report, strategic plan, and operational updates. The meeting will also include the Authority’s Risk Management Awards, the election of Executive Committee members, and

Risk Management Academy Held in January

February 7th, 2024

The California JPIA’s Risk Management Academy was held in January at the Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells. The Academy, a two-and-a-half-day training event, is geared toward employees at public agencies who have primary risk management responsibility and manage their agency’s risk exposure. Attendees gained valuable insights on topics including contractual risk transfer, loss

Authority Webinar Explores Tech Advances Improving Claims Experience

January 31st, 2024

The California JPIA will host its next Workers’ Compensation Webinar on Thursday, February 15, at 10:00 a.m. Attendees will learn about new technological advances being utilized by Authority partners and how these advances can help enhance the claims experience. Topics covered include: Level of communication post-injury to employees and the ability to provide customized messaging

California JPIA Holds Webinar on Employee Off-Duty Cannabis Use

January 30th, 2024

The California JPIA hosted its first webinar of the year—Keeping Compliant with AB 2188 and SB 700: Employee Off-Duty Cannabis Use—on January 10, 2024. A total of 106 participants attended the webinar, including members, business partners, and Authority staff. Kelly Trainer Policky, the California JPIA’s employment practices manager, welcomed attendees and provided an overview of

Public Safety Academy Registration Now Open

January 24th, 2024

Registration is currently open for the Authority’s Public Safety Academy, an educational event tailored for police and fire command staff. Scheduled for March 12 through 14 in Paso Robles, this academy offers a unique opportunity for attendees to learn best practices in risk management for their public safety departments. The comprehensive curriculum encompasses subjects such

Form OSHA 300A Posting

January 22nd, 2024

Reminder – California employers must post their Form 300A, Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, on February 1, 2024, and keep it posted through April 30, 2024. Form 300A provides a summary of the total number of work-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2023 and were logged on OSHA Form 300. The form

California JPIA Launches Supervisor Essential Skills Training Program

January 11th, 2024

The California JPIA’S Supervisor Essential Skills Training Program is now accepting applications for its inaugural 2024 session. Aimed at public sector managers and supervisors, the program provides essential skills to navigate the dynamic demands of their roles. Designed for supervisors at all levels, the program offers nine one-day, in-person courses covering topics like communication, conflict

Management Academy Registration Opens

January 9th, 2024

Registration is open for the California JPIA’s Management Academy. The Academy, geared specifically to new managers and supervisors, is being held from March 5 to 7, 2024, and presents an opportunity for professional development. The Academy’s program aims to provide practical insights for enhancing team performance and motivation within the complexities of today’s work environment.

Webinar on California’s Expanded Cannabis Employment Anti-Discrimination Laws

January 8th, 2024

The California JPIA is hosting a webinar on January 10, 2024, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. to explore the recent changes in California’s employment landscape related to cannabis use. The focus will be on two new laws, AB 2188 and SB 700, effective on January 1, 2024. Kelly Trainer Policky, the Authority’s employment practices manager,

Authority Offices Winter Holiday Schedule

December 20th, 2023

The Authority’s offices will be closed beginning Thursday, December 21, 2023, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. 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 on the same day.

Defend Against Ransomware – CISA Online Training

November 28th, 2023

The California JPIA is notifying information technology professionals and cybersecurity administrators within its membership about an important online training event on December 7, 2023. Running from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m., the event, titled “Defend Against Ransomware Attacks Cyber Range Training,” addresses the growing risk of ransomware incidents. Given the increase in ransomware attacks and their

Registration Open for the Risk Management Academy

November 16th, 2023

Registration is open for the California JPIA’s 2024 Risk Management Academy, taking place January 23 to 25, 2024, at the Tommy Bahama Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells. This educational event will feature expert presenters, including Jacob Houghton, David Ferrante-Alan, Michael Wroniak, and senior risk managers from the Authority. Topics covered during the Academy will include understanding liability

The California JPIA Holds Management Academy in Indian Wells

November 15th, 2023

The California JPIA recently held the Management Academy in Indian Wells. The Academy, which took place in October, focused on key subjects such as improving employee performance, a manager’s role in preventing claims, and leadership strategies to help employees work together more effectively. The Academy attracted 49 participants from 33 member agencies who were ready

California JPIA Hosts Workers’ Compensation Webinar to Address Labor Challenges

November 1st, 2023

The California JPIA is hosting the next installment of its Workers’ Compensation Webinar series on Thursday, November 9, at 10:00 a.m. focusing on the labor shortage and aging workforce challenges. As older workers remain in their jobs longer and short-tenured workers rapidly fill vacant positions, preventing injuries has become more difficult. Safety National’s Senior Medical

Virtual Risk Managers Roundtable to Address Recent Case Law and City Impact

October 26th, 2023

The California JPIA is hosting a virtual Risk Managers Roundtable on Tuesday, November 7, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. regarding recent case law outcomes and new developments impacting cities. The roundtable, led by David Ferrante-Alan with Wesierski & Zurek LLP and Dan Barer with Pollak, Vida & Barer, is set to address critical topics such

Liability Summit 2023 Provides Legal Insights from the Past Year

October 19th, 2023

The California JPIA’s Annual Liability Attorney Summit, which was held in September at the Authority campus in La Palma, hosted 47 participants who gathered to learn, share information, and network. California JPIA Liability Program Manager Paul Zeglovitch welcomed attendees and provided a presentation on the state of the liability program. The opening session was an

Registration Open for New Training Registrars Academy

October 2nd, 2023

Registration is currently open for the Authority’s new Training Registrars Academy being held from November 13 through 16, 2023, in Indian Wells. This event, geared toward Caliornia JPIA members tasked with managing the training for other employees, is a one-day academy, split over two “half” days. The Academy provides attendees with a hands-on and enhanced

Audrey Cray Wins the 2023 Capstone Award

October 2nd, 2023

Audrey Cray, Pacific Grove’s finance and risk manager, received the Authority’s Capstone Award at the California JPIA’s 28th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum. Besides being a proactive risk manager across city departments and operations, Cray was instrumental in spearheading the city’s Safety Incentive Program, requiring departments to participate in basic safety activities and rewards employees

Authority Members Gather for Annual Workers’ Compensation Symposium

September 26th, 2023

The Authority hosted a successful Worker’s Compensation Symposium earlier this month. The Annual event featured informative sessions on topics like the effects of medical inflation, mental health support for first responders, and subrogation lessons learned. Distinguished speakers from organizations including Athens Administrators; Siegel, Moreno & Stettler; and Safety National shared valuable insights. Authority members seeking

The California JPIA Opens Recruitment for Three Positions

September 19th, 2023

The California JPIA is currently recruiting for three positions: maintenance worker, risk services director, and technology manager. Maintenance worker: The Authority seeks a skilled maintenance worker to maintain and enhance its facilities. Ideal candidates will possess hands-on expertise and be well-versed in semi-skilled to skilled maintenance and repair work. Risk services director: The role of

Registration Deadline Approaching for Workers’ Compensation Symposium

August 28th, 2023

There is still time for Authority members to register for the 2023 Workers’ Compensation Symposium, being held on the California JPIA’s La Palma campus on Wednesday, September 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The Symposium provides the opportunity for members to hear from numerous industry experts and meet with the Authority’s panel attorneys and

Risk Management Award Winners Announced at Board of Directors Meeting

August 22nd, 2023

At the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors this July, five members received Risk Management Awards for demonstrating superior risk management practices. The winning agencies were Town of Mammoth Lakes, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, City of Mission Viejo, City of Poway, and City of San Marcos. The Authority’s Risk Management Awards recognize members

The Authority’s 2023 Annual Meeting

August 17th, 2023

The California JPIA hosted its 2023 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors in July, attended by delegates from 80 member agencies representing cities, joint powers authorities, and special districts. The Board, comprising elected officials from 126 member agencies, convened to discuss the organization’s operational overview and plans for the year ahead. Chief Executive Officer

Virtual Risk Managers Roundtable Addresses Code Enforcement Officer Safety Standards

July 26th, 2023

Authority members are invited to attend a virtual Risk Managers Roundtable discussion on Code Enforcement Officer Safety Standards on Monday, July 31, from 1:00–3:00 p.m. Code enforcement officers are charged with enforcing public health and safety laws in cities throughout California. Their enforcement duties include a broad range of laws covering everything from homelessness to

2023 Capstone Finalists Selected

July 20th, 2023

The California JPIA has selected five 2023 Capstone Award finalists. The Capstone Award is presented annually to an individual who best exemplifies the practice of public sector risk management. This year’s finalists are: Alexa Davis, Assistant City Manager, City of Rolling Hills Estates Audrey Cray, Finance and Risk Manager, City of Pacific Grove Heather Reiter,

Registration Open for Public Safety Academy

July 18th, 2023

Registration is open for the Authority’s new Public Safety Academy. This educational event takes place August 22-24, 2023, in San Diego and offers police and fire command staff an opportunity to learn best practices for managing risk within their public safety departments. The Academy features a comprehensive program, including sessions on new laws, constitutional policing

The California JPIA Hosts Successful Public Works Academy

July 17th, 2023

The California JPIA recently concluded its Public Works Academy in June, attracting 39 attendees representing 32 member agencies. The Academy served as a platform for public works professionals to gain insights into various topics including recent case law, fleet and driver management, and contractual risk transfer. The event also featured networking opportunities, providing participants with

Registration Open for Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors

July 11th, 2023

California JPIA members can register for the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors being held on Wednesday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Authority’s La Palma campus. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet the Executive Committee and Authority staff, and network with members of the California JPIA. The business meeting

The California JPIA Holds Newly Elected Officials Academy in Huntington Beach

June 28th, 2023

The California JPIA recently held the Newly Elected Officials Academy in Huntington Beach. The Academy, which took place in early June, focused on key subjects such as effective council membership, fundamentals of local government, and reducing risk for public agencies. The Academy attracted 21 participants from 17 member agencies who were ready to enhance their

California JPIA Risk Managers Roundtable Highlights Code Enforcement Officer Resources

June 15th, 2023

The California JPIA recently hosted a roundtable discussion about code enforcement officer safety standards. As part of the Authority’s Risk Managers Roundtable series, the event brought together professionals in the field to address occupational hazards, compliance with California Senate Bill 296, and best risk management practices. Authority members who were unable to join the event

The California JPIA’s Elected Officials Summit Educates Officials with Essential Risk Management Skills

June 14th, 2023

The California JPIA’s Elected Officials Summit, held in May, saw 18 elected officials from 14 different public agencies participate in educational sessions designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts and practical applications of risk management. Geared toward officials who have been in office for more than two years, the Summit focused on

Hotel Rooms Filling Up Fast for Highly Anticipated Educational Forum

June 1st, 2023

Members and business partners of the California JPIA who are planning to attend this August’s Risk Management Educational Forum should make their accommodations at the Omni La Costa Resort as soon as possible. The deadline to book a room at the discounted rate for Forum attendees is Tuesday, June 20, and the reserved block of

Human Resources Professionals Gather for a Successful Academy

May 23rd, 2023

The California JPIA wrapped up its 2023 Human Resources (HR) Academy in April. The two-and-a-half-day event, held in Indian Wells, was an outstanding success, with attendees gaining valuable insights on a range of topics including creative recruitment strategies, managing leaves of absence, and reducing workers’ compensation costs. Attendees’ active participation and engagement throughout the event,

Member Resource for Driver Safety: Embark Safety Program

May 10th, 2023

The California JPIA held a series of webinars in April on the Embark Safety program, a member resource to enhance motor vehicle report monitoring. This innovative tool is designed to streamline the monitoring process and ensure driver safety and compliance, with features including real-time notifications for violations, web-based access to Department of Motor Vehicle driver

Registration Open for 2023 Risk Management Educational Forum

April 27th, 2023

Registration is open for the Authority’s 28th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, It’s, Like, Totally Risk Management. The Forum will feature keynote speaker Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, one of the world’s most recognized figure-skating stars, and will be held at the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad from August 30 through September 1, 2023.

Workers’ Compensation Webinar: Long COVID

April 26th, 2023

The California JPIA is hosting a workers’ compensation webinar on Thursday, May 11, at 11:00 a.m. This webinar addresses the topic of long COVID and features Dr. Austin Apremian from St. George’s Medical Clinic, who will draw upon his experience as a front-line occupational medicine physician to address the following issues: When a patient is

Registration Open for the May Elected Officials Summit

April 19th, 2023

Registration is open for the Authority’s Elected Officials Summit, being held from May 15 through 17, 2023, at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles. The Elected Officials Summit is designed for tenured elected officials who have been in office longer than three years and provides both hands-on training and opportunities to share experiences with

Board of Directors Certification Due

March 16th, 2023

The California JPIA asks members to annually certify a designated California JPIA Director and Alternate(s) before the Board of Directors meeting, which is held each year in July. The Authority has an automated certification process that is efficient and paperless. In February, an email containing directions on completing the certification was sent to each member

Human Resources Academy Registration Requests Being Accepted

March 2nd, 2023

Registration requests are being accepted for the California JPIA’s Human Resources Academy, April 25–27, 2023, in Indian Wells. Taking place in a small group setting away from the office and featuring interactive group exercises, this academy is designed for Authority members who are human resources professionals. Note that registration is not guaranteed. Registrants will either

2023 Capstone Award: Call for Nominations

February 22nd, 2023

Nominations for the 10th Annual Capstone Award are currently being accepted through April 12, 2023. 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

Risk Management Professionals Attend the Authority’s 2023 Academy

February 16th, 2023

The California JPIA’s Risk Management Academy was held in January at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles. Twenty-nine attendees from 27 member agencies took part in the two-and-a-half-day academy, which covered topics such as understanding liability claims, fleet and driver management, tools for practical risk management, and workers’ compensation. “The trust session was my

STOPit: A New, Fully Funded, Anonymous Reporting Program for Authority Members

February 16th, 2023

The California JPIA has partnered with STOPit Solutions to deliver a comprehensive Anonymous Reporting System and Safety Program for Authority members. These resources help staff in their efforts to create safer and healthier workplaces.   STOPit deters inappropriate behavior in the workplace by allowing individuals to report behaviors such as harassment, sexual misconduct, threats, mental

Annual Board of Directors Meeting: Save the Date

February 15th, 2023

The Board of Directors annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the California JPIA’s La Palma campus. Meeting topics typically include the annual report, strategic plan, and operational update. In addition, the Authority’s Risk Management Awards are presented, and an election of Executive Committee members is conducted. Certification information was

February Workers’ Compensation Webinar Features Members of the Athens Team

February 7th, 2023

The California JPIA will host its next Workers’ Compensation Webinar on Thursday, February 16, at 10:00 a.m., allowing attendees to meet members of the new third-party administrator team at Athens Administrators. Participants will learn about the Athens approach to claims handling and client service; the company’s history, philosophy, and culture; and some of the benefits

Registration Open for Leadership Academy

February 2nd, 2023

Registration requests are being accepted for the Authority’s Leadership Academy, to be held March 28–30, 2023, in Indian Wells. This academy is designed for senior management-level employees and department directors at public agencies and will focus on the increasingly complex and challenging demands on local governments in an era of limited resources. Topics covered at

Form OSHA 300A Posting

January 25th, 2023

The Authority is reminding its members that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) require employers to post Cal/OSHA Form 300A between February 1 and April 30, 2023. Form 300A provides a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in

Risk Management Educational Forum 2023 – Save the Date

January 23rd, 2023

The California JPIA’s 28th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, It’s Like, Totally Risk Management, is scheduled for August 30 to September 1 at the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad. Much like the 1980s saw bold fashion choices and significant technological advances, the Forum will showcase the latest in risk management concepts, allowing members to

Authority Staff Earn Certifications and Designations

January 18th, 2023

To better their ability to serve members, several Authority staff earned certificates and designations in 2022. Management Analyst Abraham Han earned his Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation, Senior Risk Manager Maria Galvan received her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) designation, and Senior Risk Manager Alex Mellor is now a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. The

SB 1127 Webinar Recording Soon Available to Members

January 10th, 2023

A recording of the California JPIA’s webinar regarding Senate Bill 1127 (SB 1127) will be available to Authority members in the coming weeks. The webinar, which was held in November, featured panel presenters providing their perspectives on the bill’s impact to the California JPIA and its member agencies. SB 1127 fundamentally changes the way presumptive

Registration Open for the Risk Management Academy

November 28th, 2022

Registration is open for the California JPIA’s 2023 Risk Management Academy, scheduled for January 24–26, 2023, at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles. This immersive academy features expert presenters, including Gerry Preciado, David Ferrante-Alan, Kelly Trainer Policky, and the Authority’s senior risk managers. Topics covered include understanding liability claims and loss control, investigating incidents

A Look Back: ReClaim Awareness Campaign on Governmental Immunity

November 1st, 2022

The California JPIA’s ReClaim loss-mitigation campaign has focused on three specific governmental immunities: hazardous recreational activity immunity, design immunity, and trail immunity. These topics were chosen because claims in these areas represent the greatest impact to members, including cost, reputation, and organizational disruption. Supported by California JPIA staff with expertise in member services, training, and

ReClaim: Trail Immunity

October 26th, 2022

Trail immunity is the third of three specific governmental immunities that the California JPIA’s ReClaim campaign has highlighted over the last year. Trail immunity (CA Govt. Code Section 831.4) protects public entities from liability for injuries caused by a condition of a recreational trail. Applying to paved and unpaved or natural trails, the immunity is

California JPIA to host Workers’ Compensation Webinar on SB 1127

October 24th, 2022

The California JPIA is hosting a webinar on November 10 from 10:00 to 10: 45 a.m. for member agencies to discuss Senate Bill 1127 (SB 1127). SB 1127 will fundamentally change the way presumptive workers’ compensation claims are handled, and this webinar will address specifics of the bill, including:   increased temporary disability period for cancer

New and Updated Resources Available for Members

October 18th, 2022

The Authority has a new resource, Hot Work Procedures and Permits, and an updated resource, Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace Policy, available to members. The Hot Work Procedures and Permits resource includes procedures to protect agency staff from injury and illness and to protect property from damage by fire resulting from flames, sparks, or other ignition

2022 Capstone Award Finalists Selected

September 19th, 2022

The 2022 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

MAGNUS Training

September 19th, 2022

The California JPIA has partnered with National Command and Staff College to provide member police and fire personnel access to MAGNUS Leadership and Resiliency Training. This two-day in-person classroom training – provided at no cost to members – will take place October 11–12, 2022, at the Authority’s campus in La Palma. This course is taught

Annual Board of Directors Meeting Returns to La Palma Campus

August 4th, 2022

The Annual Board of Directors Meeting returned to the Authority’s La Palma campus for the first time since 2019. Held on July 20, 2022, and presided over by Executive Committee President Margaret Finlay, the meeting included 131 attendees with representation from 77 member agencies. The meeting featured Executive Committee elections, recognition of the 2022 Risk

Request to Register for the Management Academy

July 18th, 2022

The California JPIA’s Management Academy, which is geared toward entry-level managers and supervisors, will be held September 20-22, 2022. The academy provides participants with unique approaches to help improve the performance, motivation, and commitment of employees in an ever more complex and regulated employment environment.  Attendees will explore their role as a manager or supervisor,

Evidence of Coverage Webpage for Members

July 14th, 2022

The Calfornia JPIA recently released a new Evidence of Coverage (EOC) webpage, where members can obtain recurring EOCs through the Authority’s portal page. An EOC, sometimes referred to by other parties as a Certificate of Insurance (COI), provides proof of liability (including auto liability) and workers’ compensation coverage. EOCs are commonly issued to third parties, such

Senate Bill 1127 Impacts California Workers’ Compensation Claims System

July 7th, 2022

On June 22, 2022, Senate Bill (SB) 1127 was approved by the California State Assembly Insurance Committee and referred to the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee for review. Among other provisions, SB 1127 seeks to amend existing workers’ compensation law by reducing the decision timeframe an employer has to accept or deny a claim from

Authority Offices Closed in Observance of the July Fourth Holiday

June 30th, 2022

The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Fourth of July 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, July 5.

Register Now for the California JPIA’s 27th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum

June 21st, 2022

Registration is open for Adventures in Risk Management, the California JPIA’s 27th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum. The Forum will be held October 5–7, 2022, at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. This year’s keynote speaker, former Boston Police Chief Daniel Linskey, will impart lessons on leading before, during, and after a crisis, through the

The Deadline to Apply for a Forum Scholarship is Friday, June 17

June 13th, 2022

The deadline to apply for a scholarship to the 27th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum is Friday, June 17, 2022. A limited number of scholarships are being offered to California JPIA members to cover lodging costs while attending the Forum, which will be held October 5–7 in Santa Barbara. There is no fee for members

Registration Open for the 2022 Board of Directors Meeting

June 9th, 2022

Registration is currently open for the Authority’s annual Board of Directors meeting, to be held on Wednesday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. 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. An educational session, beginning at

Outdoor Dining Checklist Available to Members

June 8th, 2022

To assist Authority members with outdoor dining risks, an outdoor dining checklist has been added to the Authority’s online library as a resource to members. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in outdoor business activities within the public right-of-way. While dining decks, parklets, and other similar outdoor dining areas have contributed to

Risk Management and Safety Consulting Services RFP – Questions and Answers

May 31st, 2022

The California JPIA is requesting written proposals to provide risk management and occupational safety, health, and environmental consulting services. Services include, but are not limited to: working with Authority risk managers to conduct risk management evaluations; developing written safety programs; performing health and safety exposure assessments; assessing and providing solutions for unique loss exposures specific

2022 Forum Scholarship Opportunity

May 23rd, 2022

A limited number of scholarships are being offered to California JPIA members to attend the 27th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, being held October 5–7 in Santa Barbara. The Authority understands that some members may have a lack of agency funding to cover lodging costs while attending the forum, and the scholarships are intended to

The Authority’s New Risk Managers Committee Holds Its Inaugural Meeting

May 19th, 2022

The inaugural California JPIA Risk Managers Committee meeting was held on Monday, May 16. The purpose of this new committee is to ensure the delivery of the best risk management solutions, including providing guidance and recommendations to Authority members to better understand and manage operational risk exposures within their organizations. Among the topics discussed at

Registration Opens for the 27th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum

May 17th, 2022

Registration is currently open for the Authority’s annual Risk Management Educational Forum, titled “Adventures in Risk Management.” The Forum will be held at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort October 5–7, 2022. This year’s keynote speaker is former Boston Police Chief Daniel Linskey, known for his strong leadership and response through some of Boston’s most

Request for Proposals – Risk Management and Safety Consulting Services

April 26th, 2022

The California JPIA is requesting written proposals to provide risk management and occupational safety, health, and environmental consulting services. Services include, but are not limited to: working with Authority risk managers to conduct risk management evaluations; developing written safety programs; performing health and safety exposure assessments; assessing and providing solutions for unique loss exposures specific

Board of Directors Meeting – July 20, 2022

April 12th, 2022

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Authority’s La Palma campus. Certification information was sent to member agency clerks in February. It is important that members who have not yet certified their primary delegate and alternate to the California JPIA Board of

Inaugural Risk Managers Committee Meeting

April 12th, 2022

The inaugural meeting of the Risk Managers Committee will be held on Monday, May 16 at 12:00 p.m. via a hybrid format. Members may attend either online via Zoom or at the Authority’s La Palma campus. Each member agency will have a representative on the committee. The designated “risk manager” for each member organization will

Scheduled Website Maintenance Beginning Friday, April 1

March 31st, 2022

In order to continue to provide important member services through our cjpia.org website, we will be performing routine website maintenance on Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3. During this time, member access to online contacts will be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Capstone Award Nominations Being Accepted

March 21st, 2022

The Authority is currently seeking nominations for the 9th Annual California JPIA Capstone Award. The award is presented annually at the Authority’s Risk Management Educational Forum to an individual who best demonstrates the practice of risk management among the Authority membership. Members can nominate themselves or someone else by filling out a brief nomination form.

ReClaim: Design Immunity

March 17th, 2022

Design immunity is the second of three specific governmental immunities that the California JPIA’s ReClaim campaign has highlighted over the last few months. Roadway design cases represent the single greatest liability exposure for California JPIA members, with more than 400 design-related claims incurred over the last five years. Although liability may be remote, plaintiffs often

Educational Forum 2022 Theme Announced

March 17th, 2022

The Authority has chosen “Adventures in Risk Management” as its theme for the 27th annual Risk Management Educational Forum. The annual Forum is a two-and-a-half-day educational event during which Authority members gather to study topics and issues relevant to local government and to share information on agency challenges and solutions. The 2022 Forum will be

Human Resources Academy: Deadline March 17

March 8th, 2022

The deadline for California JPIA members to “request to register” for the Human Resources (HR) Academy is Thursday, March 17. HR employees can play a vital role in limiting their agency’s liability in employment and management practices. The Authority’s three-day academy provides HR professionals with essential training for management and support staff. The academy takes

Last Chance for Leadership Academy Registration

February 10th, 2022

The deadline to request to register for the 2022 Leadership Academy is Monday, February 14. This academy is designed for all senior management-level employees and department directors. What participants will discuss and learn: Transforming your organization through great leadership Public service ethics/making decisions in the gray zone The Job-Person Environment Assessment Trust, strategic thinking, and

Annual Board of Directors Meeting – Save the Date

January 25th, 2022

The Board of Directors annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. 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

Form OSHA 300A Posting

January 11th, 2022

Reminder – California employers must post their Form 300A, Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, on February 1, 2022, and keep it posted through April 30, 2022. Form 300A provides a summary of the total number of work-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2021 and were logged on OSHA Form 300. The form

Authority Offices Winter Holiday Schedule

December 23rd, 2021

The Authority’s offices will be closed beginning Thursday, December 23, 2021 and will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2022. 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

ReClaim: Hazardous Recreational Activity Immunity

November 15th, 2021

Hazardous recreational activity immunity is one of three specific governmental immunities that the California JPIA’s ReClaim campaign has highlighted over the last few months. The purpose of hazardous recreational activity immunity is to prevent recreational users, who might injure themselves during hazardous, unsupervised activities, from attributing their injuries to conditions of public property by eliminating

Last Chance to Register and New COVID Protocols for Educational Forum

September 1st, 2021

Registration closes on September 7 for the California JPIA’s 26th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum, S.S. Authority: Voyage Through the Sea of Risks, to be held October 6-8, 2021, at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego.  To provide a safe event for all participants and guests, Forum attendees will need to adhere to the following COVID-19 protocols:  Masks are strongly

ReClaim Campaign Features a Roundtable on Using Governmental Immunities

August 16th, 2021

The Authority is hosting a virtual roundtable on Tuesday, August 24, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. regarding lessons learned in the realm of governmental immunities, including design, trail, and hazardous recreational activity immunities. Speakers include John Barber, Ed Richards, David Ferrante-Alan, and Josh George. The California JPIA has paid over $46 million to settle liability

Deadline for Submitting Capstone Award Nominations

July 29th, 2021

Nominations for the 8th Annual Capstone Award are currently being accepted through August 5, 2021. The Authority presents the Capstone Award each year at its Risk Management Educational Forum to an individual who best epitomizes the practice of risk management in the public sector. We are enlisting member help in identifying those hardworking individuals behind the

Cal-ICMA Talent Initiative Survey

July 27th, 2021

As part of its Talent Initiative, Cal-ICMA is seeking responses to a survey on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-pandemic workforce. The purpose of Cal-ICMA’s Talent Initiative is to engage Chief Executives, HR Directors, and emerging leaders of cities, counties, and special districts in a conversation about three questions: What are the

The Authority’s Forum Is Moving to an In-Person Event

July 19th, 2021

The California JPIA is moving its 26th Annual Risk Management Educational Forum to an in-person event at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego from October 6 – 8. This year’s Forum will feature keynote speaker, Captain Richard Phillips, author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Day s at Sea, detailing

The Authority Welcomes New Member, City of Santa Clarita

July 15th, 2021

The California JPIA welcomes the City of Santa Clarita, a new member and participant in the Authority’s Excess Liability, Excess Workers’ Compensation, and Property Insurance Programs as of July 1, 2021. “The City of Santa Clarita is proud to be a new member of the California JPIA,” said Director of Administrative Services Carmen Magana. Santa

Authority Offices Closed in Observance of the July Fourth Holiday

July 1st, 2021

The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, July 5, in observance of the Fourth of July 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, July 6.

Newly Elected Officials Academy Goes Virtual

June 18th, 2021

The California JPIA’s Newly Elected Officials (NEO) Academy was held June 7 – 9, 2021 and was all-virtual for the first time. The agenda consisted of three half-days in which attendees learned valuable risk management best practices and leadership information from subject matter experts. Eighteen newly elected officials representing 16 different agencies attended the virtual academy.   A highlight of this academy was the

Updated Facility Use Agreements Resource Available to Members

June 16th, 2021

The Authority recently updated its Facility Use Agreement resources, creating a single resource that includes two separate agreements; one for agency buildings and property, and the other for fields and/or sports complexes. Other revisions include the following:  Sections added to address compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations and a note specific to COVID-19.   Section added

Cal/OSHA Board Withdraws Recent Revisions to Emergency Temporary Standards

June 15th, 2021

On June 9, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to withdraw the revisions to their COVID-19 prevention emergency temporary standards, which they had voted to approve on June 3. This leaves the protections that were adopted in November 2020 in effect until new revisions are considered at a future meeting, which could be as early as

Authority Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

May 27th, 2021

The California JPIA offices will be closed on Monday, May 31, 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, June 1.

Annual Board of Directors Meeting

May 25th, 2021

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors will be held virtually on the first day of this year’s Risk Management Educational Forum on October 7, 2021, from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. This business meeting will present information about the Authority’s annual report, strategic plan, objectives, and accomplishments over the past year. Additionally, voting delegates

New Governance Leadership Academy Held in May

May 17th, 2021

The California JPIA’s new Governance Leadership Academy, created specifically with seasoned elected officials in mind, was a big success, held virtually from May 4 – 6, 2021. The small group of elected officials from member agencies who attended the academy had the opportunity to network with one another and interact personally with the speakers and

The California JPIA is Recruiting for an Experienced Finance Director

April 1st, 2021

The California JPIA is recruiting for an experienced Finance Director.  The Finance Director will be responsible for preparation of financial statements, supervision of staff, development of the Authority’s budget, claim reconciliations, perform treasury management functions, coordinate the actuarial studies, and provide oversight of investment operations. The deadline to submit application materials is May 3, 2021.

Kelly Trainer Policky Joins the Authority

March 24th, 2021

The California JPIA welcomes Employment Practices Manager Kelly Trainer Policky, an experienced labor and employment attorney who joins the Authority from Burke Williams and Sorensen. As a partner in Burke Williams and Sorensen’s Orange County office, Kelly represented and advised employers on labor and employment law matters including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disability, wrongful termination, leaves

Authority Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccination Programs in the Workplace

February 8th, 2021

To assist members with the consideration of legal and other unique issues related to workplace vaccination programs, the California JPIA will be hosting a webinar, “COVID-19 Vaccination Programs in the Workplace,” on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.    Panelists Workers’ Compensation Program Manager Jeff Rush; Liability Program Manager Paul Zeglovitch; Kelly Trainer, partner with Burke, Williams and Sorensen; and Giovanni Valencia, partner with Hayford, Felchlin, Valencia & McWhorter will cover

New Laws in Effect in 2021

January 29th, 2021

As of January 1, 2021, a number of new laws passed by the California legislature in 2020 are now in effect. These laws include AB 685, which expands Cal/OSHA’s authority regarding COVID-19; AB 992, clarifying the interaction between social media and the Brown Act; SB 1003, which extends immunity to local governments operating skateboard parks;

Webinars on COVID-19 Issues Available on Website

January 27th, 2021

The Authority has a collection of webinars on its website to assist members with coronavirus pandemic matters. Recent webinars added include SB 1159 & AB 685: What You Need to Know, and Overview of the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards.   SB 1159 & AB 685, hosted by the California JPIA on October 1, 2020, addresses multiple aspects of two new laws

Authority Offices Winter Holiday Schedule

December 22nd, 2020

The Authority’s offices will be closed beginning Wednesday, December 23, 2020 and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021. 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

Authority Webinar Addresses New Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Regulations

December 15th, 2020

The California JPIA will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, December 16, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. regarding new Cal/OSHA emergency regulations. California’s Office of Administrative Law recently approved these regulations, which are now in effect and require employers to protect workers from hazards related to COVID-19. During the webinar, Senior Risk Managers Maria

The EEOC Provides Updated Guidance on COVID-19 and the ADA

December 9th, 2020

Although the country is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is reminding employers that EEO laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), continue to apply. However, EEO laws should not prevent employers from following health and safety guidelines from the Centers from Disease Control (CDC) or state/local

New COVID-19 Training Protocols for Authority In-Person Training

November 17th, 2020

The Authority has created a notice detailing COVID-19 training protocols to be followed by attendees, hosting agencies, and instructors during Authority in-person training. These protocols are based on CDC and state and local health department guidance, and have been created with the health, safety, and well-being of Authority members and instructors in mind. Hosting agencies

California Employers Penalized for Failure to Protect Workers from COVID-19

October 28th, 2020

Cal/OSHA recently issued citations with proposed penalties ranging from $2,025 to $51,190 to 11 employers for failing to protect employees from COVID-19 exposure. The citations include one to a company for failure to comply with respiratory protection measures and another for failure to socially distance workers and install barriers. Inspections were opened after employees became

Authority’s Virtual Forum Includes Session on Current Policing Issues

October 8th, 2020

The Authority’s Virtual Forum, Resilient Together, features a session on policing titled “Strategies to Effectively Address Current Policing Issues.” Calls for police reform and/or funding changes are occurring around the nation. Many communities and their police departments continue to evaluate opportunities to achieve more progress. This session will address issues including: Defining or redefining policing

Board of Directors Meeting – October 28, 2020

October 7th, 2020

The Board of Directors annual meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 28, at 6:00 pm. The Annual Meeting will include adoption of the budgets for fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-22, election of vice president and four Executive Committee members, and a presentation by chief executive officer, Jon Shull. Certification information was sent to

Authority Webinar: New COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Presumption (SB 1159): What You Need to Know

September 29th, 2020

California Governor Newsom recently signed SB 1159, which creates a new workers’ compensation presumption for COVID-19. On Thursday, October 1, 2020, the California JPIA will be hosting a webinar with Jeff Rush, Workers’ Compensation Program Manager, and Tim Karcz, Senior Risk Manager, who will be addressing multiple aspects of this legislation including: Who is eligible

Bob O’Neill to Deliver Keynote at the Authority’s Virtual Forum

September 22nd, 2020

Robert “Bob” O’Neill, Chair of the Joseph P Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston, will be giving the keynote address at the Authority’s virtual educational forum, “Resilient Together,” this October.   Man-made and natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other contemporary issues have caused both health and economic challenges, stressing local communities in ways not seen in decades. These challenges have highlighted a growing gap between what produces

Cal/OSHA Releases Reminder to Employers Regarding Dangers of Wildfire Smoke

September 2nd, 2020

Cal/OSHA has issued an alert to remind employers to protect their workers from unhealthy air due to wildfire smoke. Cal/OSHA chief Doug Parker has stated, “Employers are obligated to protect their outdoor workers and must evaluate the health hazards posed by wildfire smoke. If employers cannot move operations indoors where air is adequately filtered and

Authority Closed in Observance of Labor Day

September 2nd, 2020

The California JPIA will be closed on Monday, September 7 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 8.

Registration for the Authority’s 2020 Virtual Forum Is Now Open

August 25th, 2020

Registration is now open for Resilient Together, the Authority’s virtual Risk Management Educational Forum for 2020. Resilient Together will be held October 14-15, 2020 and will leverage the strengths of digital technology to offer an educational experience that allows for networking, interaction with speakers, and other activities. The keynote speaker this year is Robert “Bob”

The Authority Announces Resilient Together – A Virtual Event

July 30th, 2020

The Authority has announced its plans for Resilient Together, our Risk Management Educational Forum for 2020. This event, occurring over October 14 and 15, will use digital technology to provide topical educational sessions, attendee and presenter interaction, and networking opportunities. 

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