The Authority reports and guides that inform and help solve complex issues of Risk Management.
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.
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.
This white paper illustrates the importance of utilizing appropriate and effective employment practices to avoid claims against members. Effective employment practices consist of many elements including policies and procedures, training, appropriate discipline, complaint reporting mechanisms, and investigations. While effective employment practices and managing the associated liability can take many forms, this white paper focuses on the primary claims filed against members: harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and associated claims of abusive conduct.
This white paper presents a discussion on the scope of the hazardous recreational activity immunity, the way courts have applied exceptions, and tips on how to preserve it. California’s diverse geography has created some of the most active communities and attractive playgrounds for surfers, mountain bikers, and skateboarders. Although exhilarating and exciting, these sports and activities carry with them a higher risk of injuries for the participants. To encourage public entities to keep land open, the California legislature limited the liability of public entities arising from injuries sustained in the course of hazardous recreational activities.
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.
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.
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.
This white paper explains trail immunity, explores some of the key court cases interpreting the immunity, and outlines actions agencies can take to help establish and maintain the immunity.
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.