Overview of California Workers’ Compensation System

At the 2015 WCIRB Annual Conference, Dave Bellusci, WCIRB Chief Actuary, presented an overview of California’s workers’ compensation system from the WCIRB perspective. 2014 was the fifth consecutive year of double-digit premium growth in California. This has been driven both by increased rates and economic growth. California currently compromises 27.1% of the nationwide workers’ compensation […]

Insights from an Innovative Self Insurer

At the 2015 WCIRB Annual Conference, Bill Zachry, Group Vice President of Risk Management from Safeway, Inc., presented a session highlighting their approach to self-insurance. Safeway’s program is costing about 40% of what their industry peers’ programs cost. They focus on providing quality care to injured workers who will deliver superior outcomes. Their managed care […]

California WC System: A Regulator’s Perspective

At the 2015 WCIRB Annual Conference, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones discussed the state of California’s workers’ compensation system from his position as the regulator of all insurance issues in the state. California is the nation’s largest insurance market and would be the sixth largest insurance market in the world if it was an independent […]

Is Your Mobile Workforce Driving Up Your Exposure?

This session at PRIMA 2015 addressed the various risks related to having a mobile workforce and explored strategies for accident prevention. Speakers included Michael Fann, ARM-P, TML Risk Management Pool; Matt McDonough, CSP, Safety National. Due to technological advancements, the workforce is now more mobile than ever, but these devices can be distractions and can […]

Social Media and the Workplace

This session at PRIMA 2015 examined three areas of social media use that may expose government entities to risk, including personal use of social media,  personnel decisions and employment references. The speakers included Matthew Fagiana, CSC, PSS, Lenoir City of Utilities Board and Sonya Guggemos, Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust. Social media and the workplace, is […]

Civil Unrest: Is Your Entity Ready?

Acts of civil unrest are occurring everywhere and, whether or not these acts take form in strikes, protests or riots, public entities need to be prepared. This session at PRIMA’s 2015 Annual Conference discussed lessons learned from past civil unrest events and ways to treat or reduce the impacts that civil unrest might have on […]

Building Value in Risk Management

This session at PRIMA 2015 addressed how to build value in your risk management program, which can result in effective and self-sustaining results in building a strong risk culture and support for your risk management program. The speakers included Jack Flindt, Pinal County and Dean Coughenour, ARM, City of Flagstaff. What is one word used […]

Safety Committee Effectiveness

At the 2015 PRIMA Conference, this session addressed how to establish safety committees and explored the lessons learned to ensure committees are effective. The speakers included Sarah Perry, ARM-P, City of Columbia and Oscar Goedecke, CSP, Travelers Insurance. The purpose of a safety committee is to protect employees, the public and the environment. The safety committee […]

Fleet Risk Management: More Than Vehicle Inspections

This session at PRIMA’s 2015 Annual Conference highlighted national auto claim trends and provided insights for reducing auto liabilities. The session was led by Kenny Smith, CSP, Risk Control Manager at OneBeacon Government Risks. Since nearly every public entity owns automobiles – whether they are police or emergency response vehicles, buses or passenger vehicles – […]

Risks of Scholastic Club Activities

At the 2015 PRIMA Annual Conference, Charles Gfeller from the firm Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP and Mike Otworth from Genesis Management & Insurance Services Corp presented a session titled “Managing the Risks of Scholastic Club Sports”. The focus on this presentation was the case law surrounding the issue of the duty to supervise students engaged […]

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