White Papers

The Authority reports and guides that inform and help solve complex issues of Risk Management.


ADA White Paper

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990 and contains specific federal accessibility requirements for public agencies. When ignored, they face serious consequences both legally and financially. This white paper provides an overview of laws, standards, and steps to compliance.

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Design Immunity White Paper

Roadway design cases represent the single greatest liability exposure for California JPIA Members. This white paper will present a discussion on the statutory and legislative background of The Design Immunity.

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Employment Practices White Paper

This white paper illustrates the importance of utilizing effective employment practices to avoid costly claims. Every organization must demonstrate a commitment from its leadership in order to ensure that policies and procedures are followed and supported through regular training and education of officials. Without dedication and duty to such practices, actions of employers and employees invariably give rise to indefensible claims.

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Healthy Members White Paper

The California JPIA has a responsibility to its pool members to help guard against member actions that can result in adverse claims. Members have the same responsibility to each other and, through the policy setting of the Executive Committee, have entrusted Authority staff to follow specifically related procedures. This paper discusses these procedures, including the Authority’s prospective-member underwriting efforts, describing protocols followed to ensure that existing members are held to the same standards of governance and risk management.

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Proposition 64 White Paper

The Medicinal and Adult Use of Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) raises a wide range of regulatory and enforcement issues for California cities. This white paper provides an overview of the new law, measures local agencies can take to control cannabis distribution and cultivation, and cannabis consumption in the workplace. Consideration and adoption of best practices are provided for member review.

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Slip and Trip White Paper

This white paper illustrates the importance of an effective sidewalk inspection and maintenance program. Using a case study, it highlights the potential consequences of an ineffective program and the impact this has on Authority members and the pool. It provides a program template in its appendix as a resource for all members to review and incorporate into their own program.

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Wildfire White Paper

A white paper written on wildfire risk management. This white paper provides recommendations and resources to aid in understanding and managing wildfire and post-wildfire-related risks, and includes information on coordinating resources, communicating with the community, and establishing and enforcing sound loss prevention and defensible space practices.

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