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Board Approves Elimination of Public Entity Fee
Posted by Michael Fleming in EIA Happenings

The EIA Board of Directors met on March 3, 2017, and approved the elimination of the ½ percent Public Entity Fee. The Fee was created when Public Entity members were first allowed to join the EIA back in 2001. The Public Entity Fee was important and it served a useful purpose when initiated, but now it is contrary to the EIA's mission, which includes that we are Equitable – allocating costs and services between various members in a fair and consistent manner.

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Analyzing Disability Discrimination/Failure To Accommodate Claims In A Police Setting
Posted by Mike Pott in Legal Eye

If a police officer recruit cannot perform the essential functions of their job because of an injury suffered during their time at the Police Academy, can the officer prevail on a claim for disability discrimination or failure to accommodate?  In the recent case of Atkins v. City of Los Angeles, No. B257890, Second Dist., Div. Seven (Feb. 14, 2017), the Court dealt with such a case, providing guidance on how to analyze these claims in a police setting and instructing how to challenge a future wage loss award.  

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Did You Know...How to get Prescription Medications During an Emergency Evacuation?
Posted by Sarah Messerlian

Over the past few weeks, several EIA members have dealt with emergency evacuations. The notice comes and people are rushed out of their homes, many times without a chance to collect everyday items like a toothbrush, a change of clothes or prescription medications.

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Did You Know ...The Form I-9 Has Been Updated?
Posted by Sarah Messerlian

The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of the Form I-9 dated 11/14/2016. As of January 22, everyone should be using the revised version of the form.

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Emergency Preparedness...Are you ready?
Posted by Gina Engman in Loss Prevention, Risk Management

As we move from season to season and county to county, we are exposed to various types of inclement weather, from blizzards to intense rain, to flooding and landslides.

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Did You Know...Elected Officials are now Required to Complete Sexual Harassment Training?
Posted by Sarah Messerlian in Legislation, Loss Prevention

California Assembly Bill 1661 was approved by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2016 and amended the Government Code to require that local agencies provide sexual harassment prevention training to all local agency officials.

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When an Arrest Can No Longer Be Called an Arrest: The Case of Schmidt v. CHP
Posted by Mike Pott in Legal Eye

For member agencies that have police departments, the recent case of Schmidt v. CHP (2016) 1 Cal. App. 5th 1287, serves as a reminder of the potential exposure to civil litigation if your agency is not complying with the Penal Code as it pertains to paperwork detailing arrests and detentions.

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Did You Know...You May be Required to Participate in the EPN Program?
Posted by Sarah Messerlian in Loss Prevention, Risk Management

As per California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 1808.1, employers must enroll any driver employed for the operation of any vehicle in a pull-notice system, if...

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Did You Know...Employers Can Maintain Drug-Free Workplace Despite Legalization of Marijuana?
Posted by Sarah Messerlian

With the passing of Proposition 64, Marijuana Legalization, EIA Members may find themselves wondering how it will affect the workplace.

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Did You Know...Pressure Vessel Inspections Are Required?
Posted by Sarah Messerlian

A pressure vessel is a fired or unfired container, including cylinders, used for the storage or accumulation of any gas or liquid under pressure.

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