The Employment Risk Management Authority (ERMA) is a statewide joint powers authority designed to provide broad coverage and tailored loss prevention services to reduce the employment practices liability (EPL) exposures of California public entities.
ERMA began providing coverage and loss prevention services to California public entities July 1, 1999. The program now covers approximately 200 public entities throughout the State of California. ERMA is the first statewide risk sharing pool created exclusively to provide broad coverage for EPL at reasonable rates with tailored loss prevention services.
ERMA provides cutting edge loss prevention services designed to minimize the EPL exposure of its members. Those services include:
Employee Reporting Line : A toll-free, third-party reporting service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing an anonymous reporting service above and beyond what is already in place for reporting incidents of workplace wrongdoing. Please refer to the "Available Services" "Loss Prevention" section for a printable poster containing the employee reporting line number.
Attorney Hotline : ERMA members have access to free legal advice from two law firms that specialize in defending public sector employment practices claims: Jackson Lewis and Liebert Cassidy Whitmore through a toll-free number. Please refer to the "Available Services" "Loss Prevention" section for a spreadsheet containing individual member attorney assignments.
Employment Practices Training : Live regional and individual training is provided by ERMA to assist the members in dealing with today's current economic issues and for the prevention of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Online training is available from ERMA to meet the state requirements for California mandates AB1825 and AB1234. In addition, two law firms provide employment practices training workshops on a regional basis for ERMA members. These interactive and hands-on workshops are designed to provide members with practical advice on today’s cutting-edge employment practices and economic issues.
For more specific information regarding ERMA, please contact Jennifer Jobe, Assistant Executive Director, at (800) 541-4591 ext. 1141.