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UPDATE: Assembly Bill 218 to take effect January 1, 2020

On January 1, 2020 Assembly Bill 218 will take effect in the State of California. This bill increases the statute of limitations related to third party civil suits in childhood sexual assault cases. Golden State Risk Management Authority (GSRMA) is committed to helping our members navigate and...Read More

Dec 2019 20 | Posted by Liz Smith

Labor Law Poster Updates

We would like to notify you of some updates to the required labor law postings. Please review the information and links below. The updated posters should be printed and posted, replacing your existing California Pregnancy Disability Leave Notice (Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee)...Read More

Sep 2019 23 | Posted by Liz Smith

Online Harassment Training Available Now

As many now know, California passed several anti-harassment laws in 2018. The newly passed SB 1343 requires employers with 5 or more employees to provide harassment training to all employees (both supervisory and non-supervisory) by January 1, 2020. Volunteer fire fighters, part-time employees,...Read More

Jul 2019 17 | Posted by Liz Smith

Cyber Security Training

Technology has revolutionized the way we do business. The variety of threats to our data and computer systems are a real and growing concern. What has your organization done to mitigate these risks? In order to update policies and implement data protection controls to prevent this disruption to...Read More

May 2019 01 | Posted by Liz Smith

HR Hotline Changes

One of the biggest exposures facing your entity is the handling of employees and employment-related issues. Employment-related claims are distracting, demoralizing and costly to organizations. However, they are mostly preventable. For this reason, GSRMA has provided members a Human Resources “HR”...Read More

Jan 2019 17 | Posted by Liz Smith

2019 Labor Law Posters - Update

We are happy to announce that the 2019 labor law posters will be shipped next week! Depending on the address of your district, they will arrive either via FedEx or USPS. If you do not receive your poster in the next few weeks, please contact our Member Services Department at...Read More

Dec 2018 19 | Posted by Liz Smith

Heat Illness Prevention and Information

Sadly, outdoor workers die every summer due to being inadequately prepared for the high temperatures. Prolonged sun exposure and physical exertion put outdoor workers at a special risk, especially for those who are not yet acclimated to the heat or at risk due to personal reasons such as...Read More

May 2018 31 | Posted by Liz Smith

April is National Distracted Driving Month

Did you know that April has been designated as National Distracted Driving Month?

Distracted driving is driving while conducting any activity that deters the drivers’ attention from the task of driving the vehicle. This includes tasks such as talking on a cell phone, sending a text message,...Read More

Apr 2018 01 | Posted by Liz Smith

Updates to Prevailing Wage Laws

By Mark R. Velasquez, Esq.

Senate Bill 96 was signed into law on June 27, 2017 and became effective immediately. The bill makes some changes to prevailing wage including the following:

• The subcontractor list form submitted by bidders for public works contracts must now include the DIR...Read More

Feb 2018 08 | Posted by Liz Smith

Harden Targets

Unfortunately, it would appear there is a rise in theft and burglary statewide. Businesses suffer disproportionately from theft, burglary and robbery when you consider the number of homes vs. businesses in our communities. The most important thing you can do is call the police to report a crime or...Read More

Jan 2018 17 | Posted by Liz Smith


It’s that time of year again -- February 1st marks the deadline to tabulate your annual OSHA Log Summary (OSHA Form 300A) and post it in a common area wherever notices to employees are usually posted. This is the summary only (300A), not the OSHA 300 Form.

The OSHA Form 300A summary must list the...Read More

Jan 2018 02 | Posted by Liz Smith

New Laws for 2018 – Legislative Update

Employers take note - there are several new laws on the horizon for 2018 that potentially impact your operations. Below is a summary of the new laws. Please review each of these laws in greater detail to determine the impact for your organization.

Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexual...Read More

Dec 2017 06 | Posted by Liz Smith

‘Tis The Season…for Slips, Trips and Falls

With wet weather upon us, we here at GSRMA would like to urge you to take extra precautions while walking on floors that could potentially be wet or slippery. The best way to prevent falls is with engineering controls such as rough surfaces, minimizing transitions in flooring and designing walkways...Read More

Nov 2017 09 | Posted by Liz Smith

13th Annual GSRMA Conference a Success!

The 13th Annual Conference of GSRMA was a success. The theme “Breakthrough to excellence…your safety program!” was the backdrop for networking and mingling as members were made aware of the importance of safety to our risk pool.

For the second year, the two day format was the best attended...Read More

Nov 2017 06 | Posted by Liz Smith

MISSION: Stay Safe

Safety programs and training should never be (permanently) crossed off your to-do list. Yet, evaluating the effectiveness and determining where to go next can be a challenge. Unfortunately, safety does not end with simply establishing a program suited to your operation. Managers and department...Read More

Sep 2017 12 | Posted by Liz Smith

Important Reminder - OSHA Form 300A Due

It’s that time of year: February 1st marks the deadline for you to tabulate your annual OSHA Log Summary (OSHA Form 300A) and post it in a common area wherever notices to employees are usually posted. This is the summary only (300A), not the OSHA 300 Form.

The OSHA Form 300A summary must list the...Read More

Dec 2016 29 | 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

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

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

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

Government Code Procedural Primer


Compliance with the procedural requirements of the Tort Claims Act found in the California Government Code is a condition precedent to most lawsuits against California public entities. They are designed to give the public entity an opportunity to conduct a timely...Read More

Jun 2014 27 | Posted by naomi.whatley