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12th Annual GSRMA Training Conference a Success!

Another wonderful Golden State Risk Management Authority Annual Conference is in the books!  Although we might be a little biased, we think the 12th Annual GSRMA Training Conference was our best event yet.  This year we introduced a new format for the conference.  A second day of training, in the...Read More

Nov 2016 03 | Posted by liz.smith

Upcoming Property Appraisal Process

Golden State Risk Management Authority is a member of CSAC-EIA’s property program.  Every five (5) years, members of this program are required to participate in a property appraisal process.  This process ensures the scheduling of accurate replacement costs for your locations.  CSAC-EIA contracts...Read More

Sep 2016 30 | Posted by liz.smith

Loss Prevention Services

Allocating staff time and valuable, limited resources to safety programs and training can be difficult for small districts to justify. That is, until the inevitable day when OSHA comes knocking. When OSHA sits down to discuss safety with staff at your district, the value of your efforts is readily...Read More

Aug 2016 24 | Posted by liz.smith

Have Pokémon Invaded Your District?

Have you noticed a sharp increase of people in your district walking around strangely staring in their phones?  Then you may be the victim of Niantic, Inc.’s latest game, Pokémon Go.  Pokémon Go is similar to the original Pokémon game. You look for the critters called Pokémon, catch them by hitting...Read More

Aug 2016 22 | Posted by liz.smith

Traffic Control and Flagging Training

The GSRMA Loss Prevention Team and the City of Orland Safety Committee are pleased to offer Traffic Control and Flagging training at the Lely Park Recreation Center on September 27, 2016. The training will go from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. and lunch will be provided.

This training is appropriate for public...Read More

Aug 2016 16 | Posted by liz.smith

GSRMA’s 12th Annual Training Conference

GSRMA’s 12th Annual Training Conference

We are holding our 12th annual training conference on October 20th - 21st at Rolling Hills Resort in Corning. Like our previous conferences, great speakers will present relevant subject matter in an entertaining manner. And this year we are expanding the...Read More

Aug 2016 10 | Posted by liz.smith

LPIP Applicants and GSRMA General Membership - Take Note

During the 2015-2016 year, GSRMA was no stranger to change--including adding staff to Member Services and Loss Prevention to continue to provide the best possible service to our ever-growing membership.  As the newest member to the GSRMA Loss Prevention team, I am pleased to announce that the...Read More

Aug 2016 08 | Posted by liz.smith

SB 272 Updates California Public Records Act with New Mandate

As a July 1, 2016 compliance date comes closer, many public agencies are starting to discuss what this Senate Bill means and how it will affect them. SB 272 requires each local agency, except a local educational agency, to create a catalog of enterprise systems.

An enterprise system is defined as...Read More

Jun 2016 24 | Posted by liz.smith

The “Hazardous Attitudes” of Managing a Small District

By Mark Velasquez, Hunt Jeppson & Griffin, LLP

Before becoming a lawyer I was a flight instructor, and a commercial pilot.  There are some interesting similarities between flight instructing and being a manager or board member of a district.   One of them is in decision making.   One thing flight...Read More

Jun 2016 16 | Posted by liz.smith

Incoming GSRMA Board Members – July 2016

Three representatives begin new 2 year terms on the GSRMA Board of Directors in July 2016. The Willows Unified School District and the City of Williams were selected by random drawing at the GSRMA board meeting in March to provide representatives for our school and city member districts. Willows...Read More

Jun 2016 13 | Posted by liz.smith

Heat Illness

Here we are again, it’s hot.  We have officially moved from ‘use caution’ to ‘use extreme caution’ with regard to the steadily rising, here comes summer temperatures. Prolonged sun exposure and/or physical activity can cause a number of problems for those who are not yet acclimated to the heat...Read More

Jun 2016 01 | Posted by liz.smith

Dividends Announced for Golden State Risk Management Authority Members

On May 11, 2016 the Golden State Risk Management Authority Board of Directors approved a $250,000 dividend for its members.

The availability of funds for a dividend can be directly attributed to lower than anticipated claims costs and the overall positive performance of the pool over the last 10...Read More

May 2016 16 | Posted by liz.smith

Labor Law Posters

Each year GSRMA provides our member agencies with an all-in-one state and federal labor law poster.  This year’s posters shipped in January.  If you have not received your poster, please contact our office. 

Please note, there have been revisions to the Pregnancy Disability Leave Notice that was...Read More

Mar 2016 24 | Posted by liz.smith

Tips for a Meaningful Interactive Process

One of the most challenging aspects of being an employer in California, and one that we are constantly asked about through Golden State Risk Management Authority’s HR Hotline program, is navigating the interactive process to determine whether an injured/ill/disabled employee can be reasonably...Read More

Mar 2016 01 | Posted by liz.smith

GSRMA Participates in PCA 2015 Annual Conference Activities

Golden State Risk Management Authority participated in the Public Cemetery Alliance’s Annual Conference held on October 23rd, at Rolling Hills Resort in Corning, CA.

Twelve GSRMA staff attended the pre-conference dinner the evening of October 22nd. GSRMA co-sponsored the event with the PCA and...Read More

Nov 2015 16 | Posted by liz.smith

11th Annual Golden State Risk Management Authority Training Conference

By all accounts, the 11th Annual Golden State Risk Management Authority Training Conference was another great success. We held the event on October 22nd, at Rolling Hills Resort in Corning, CA. The 123 people that attended the conference represented 51 of our member agency districts. Based on...Read More

Nov 2015 13 | Posted by liz.smith

GSRMA Board Member Selection Process - Cemetery Districts

Golden State Risk Management Authority is testing a new process for filling future vacancies of the cemetery district representative position on the GSRMA Board of Directors.

But, first, a little history:

In 2001, GSRMA expanded the geographical area we serve to include all of California. Within...Read More

Sep 2015 09 | Posted by liz.smith

Property Insurance Value Trending

The property values utilized in GSRMA’s coverage program are automatically “trended” each year. Trending increases or decreases the property values to reflect inflation or deflation of construction, building materials and other costs associated with replacement or repair of damaged property. In...Read More

Oct 2014 28 | Posted by naomi.whatley

Property Program

GSRMA is a member of the CSAC-EIA property program, one of the largest property insurance programs in the country. The program is not only one of the largest, but provides some of the most comprehensive coverage as well. The program consists of 82 member agencies and over $53 billion in total...Read More

Oct 2014 10 | Posted by naomi.whatley

An Employer Must-Have: Good Job Descriptions

One of the most critical elements of a successful employer-employee relationship is the job description.  Unfortunately, a large majority of employers treat job descriptions as just another paper to help plump up the files instead of making them effective management tools.  Almost daily we are...Read More

Jul 2014 28 | Posted by naomi.whatley

Social Networks…Know The Risks & Issues

Social networking sites allow you to express yourself and keep in touch with coworkers, associates, friends by exchanging messages or comments and posting personal profiles describing you and your interests.

If practiced safely, there can be many positive aspects of social networking. You can...Read More

Jun 2014 28 | Posted by naomi.whatley

Managing Employment Risk in a Slowing Economy

A Roadmap for Public Entities

One only has to take a quick look at recent news stories to see the economy’s powerful effect on municipalities nationwide.  Earlier this year, Kansas City closed nearly 50 percent of the district’s public schools, eliminating more than 700 jobs, in an attempt to...Read More

Jun 2014 27 | Posted by naomi.whatley

Glossary of Risk Management and Insurance Terms

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Absolute Liability: Liability arising from extremely dangerous operations. For example, builders would be liable for damages caused by vibrations after detonating an explosive. Claimants usually do not need to establish that the operation is dangerous. (See Strict Liability)

Accident: An...Read More

May 2014 26 | Posted by naomi.whatley

Contract Risk Transfer

Background:

  • Each entity should have their own risk philosophy that meets their individual risk tolerance, and that philosophy should be reflected in their required contract provisions.
  • The primary purpose of the contract is not risk transfer, but rather to obtain needed services or goods.
  • The...Read More
Aug 2013 27 | Posted by naomi.whatley