• Authority Offices Closed During the 2018 Educational Forum

    September 18, 2018

    The Authority’s offices will be closed from Tuesday, September 18 through 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 call (562) 467-8700 and leave a message. The officer on duty will return your call.

  • Members Learn about Workers’ Compensation Issues at 2018 Symposium

    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 Ingber & Weinberg; and Steve Siegel from Siegel, Moreno & Stettler, who shared their experiences and advice on keeping claims moving toward resolution. Other topics presented included a legislative update, causation of injuries, and the components of successful return-to-work programs. 

    The Workers’ Compensation Symposium is an annual event that is designed to provide Authority members with an opportunity to hear from numerous industry experts on workers’ compensation issues and to meet with the Authority's panel attorneys and the York claims team.   

    For more information on the symposium or to submit topic suggestions for next year’s event, contact Jeff Rush, Workers’ Compensation Manager, by email or by phone at (562) 467-8707.

  • Wait List Open for October 2018 Management Academy

    September 4, 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 on October 22 – 25, is designed for entry-level managers and supervisors who wish to improve the performance, motivation, and commitment of employees. Participants will explore their role as a manager/supervisor, understand how values and ethics impact decisions, and learn the four elements of effective performance appraisals. Using the Job/Person/Environment Assessment (JPEA), attendees will also be presented with the opportunity to explore their perceptions about the behavioral requirements of their jobs and their work environment. Visit the Academy’s website for more information. 

    For questions about this academy, contact Michelle Aguayo, Training Coordinator, by email or at (562) 467-8777. 

  • Liability Summit 2018 Provides Legal Insights from the Past Year

    September 4, 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 Zeglovitch, the Authority’s Liability Program Manager, who provided a presentation on the State of the Liability Program. Other topics presented during the summit included an appellate case update by Dan Barer of the law firm of Pollack, Vida & Fisher; an overview of electronic discovery in litigation by Greg Mahoney and Alex Marjanovic of Epiq Global; and a journey into mindfulness for lawyers, presented by Robert Zeglovitch, Esq.  

    The Liability Summit is an annual event typically held in the summer in which the Authority’s defense counsel have the opportunity to gather and discuss emerging case law, litigation strategies, and liability claims trends. For more information about the Liability Summit or the Authority’s liability protection programs, contact Paul Zeglovitch by email or at (562) 467-8786.

  • Authority Website Undergoing Scheduled Maintenance During Labor Day Weekend

    August 30, 2018

    Please note that from 5:00 pm on Friday, August 31 through 10:00 pm on Monday, September 3, myJPIA and portions of cjpia.org will be offline while we perform important scheduled maintenance. We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Authority Campus Closed in Observance of Labor Day

    August 30, 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.

  • August 28 Risk Managers Roundtable Postponed

    August 27, 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 at (562) 467-8775.

  • Educational Forum Opening Session Addresses the #MeToo Movement

    August 20, 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 will address empowering management and employees with the necessary skills to successfully prevent and respond to offensive conduct in the workplace, and how best to respond to harassment complaints before they become litigated. 

    Registration for the Forum, which runs from September 19 – 21, is limited to public agency officials and employees and the Authority’s business partners. Please visit the Forum website to register and for more information. Note that registration closes on August 22. For Forum-related questions, please click here to send an email.

  • 2018 Risk Management Awards Highlight Member Achievements

    August 2, 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 the Primary Liability Program, the Best Overall Performance Award winners were: 

    • For non-municipal agencies: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
    • For municipal agencies without police exposure: City of Bradbury
    • For municipal agencies with police exposure: City of Signal Hill 

    For the Primary Workers’ Compensation Program, the Best Overall Performance Award winners were: 

    • For non-municipal agencies: Coastal Animal Services Authority
    • For municipal agencies without public safety exposure: City of Rolling Hills Estates
    • For municipal agencies with public safety exposure: City of Poway 

    The award winners were honored at the Authority’s Board of Directors meeting on July 18, 2018 at the Authority’s La Palma campus. See the Authority’s July newsletter for more information on the Risk Management Awards.

  • Annual Board of Directors Meeting Held in July

    August 2, 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 Authority’s recent activities and initiatives. 

    The Board of Directors unanimously elected Margaret Finlay as Vice President of the Executive Committee, while Tom Chavez, City of Temple City; Daryl Hofmeyer, City of Paramount; Mary Ann Reiss, City of Pismo Beach; and Mark Waronek, City of Lomita, were elected as members of the Executive Committee, each serving a two-year term. Chief Executive Officer, Jon Shull, presented the strategic plan, operational overview, and current initiatives of the Authority. 

    The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on July 17, 2019.

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