Workers’ Compensation Program

Special District Risk Management Authority Workers’ Compensation Program offers an alternative workers’ compensation program for special districts and other public agencies. Responsive claims management and cost containment, combined with tailored safety and loss prevention provides members an unequaled full-service workers’ compensation program. All claims are handled by a third party TPA, York Risk Services Group.

Comprehensive Coverage

  • Statutory Workers’ Compensation Limits
  • $5 Million Employer’s Liability
  • Zero Member Deductible
  • SDRMA maintains a Self-Insured Retention that is periodically adjusted based on market conditions

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a public agency formed under California Government Code
  • Execute the SDRMA Joint Powers Agreement
  • Commit to an initial three-year member enrollment (thereafter coverage may be renewed annually)
  • Have at least one full-time employee on staff
  • Maintain annual membership in California Special Districts Association (CSDA)

Obtaining A Workers Compensation Quotation

In order to obtain a quotation for enrollment in our Workers’ Compensation Program, you simply need to submit the following 2 items:

  • A 10-year detailed loss history. This should be easily obtainable from your current/prior carrier(s). If any of the information is not available for whatever reason, please draft a brief letter on district letterhead indicating your efforts and that there are no known open claims during the period of the missing loss data. We would be happy to assist you in obtaining this information.
  • A completed SDRMA Estimated Payroll Information Form. Click here to access an online form to receive a quote. Be sure to have your loss history in a scanned file to attach to the online application. Call us at 800.537.7790 if you need assistance.

Workers Compensation Sample Resolution for Covering Governing Body Members and/or Volunteers

Section 3363.5 of the California Labor Code provides that a person who performs voluntary service for a public agency as designated and authorized by the Governing Body of the agency or its designee, shall, upon adoption of a resolution by the Governing Body of the agency so declaring, be deemed to be an employee for workers’ compensation purposes. Thus, if such a resolution is adopted, and the volunteer is injured while performing duties for the agency, the volunteer is entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits and their exclusive remedy for recovery against the agency is through the Workers’ Compensation system.

Such Governing Body members and/or volunteers may be covered for workers’ compensation benefits only if a Resolution to that effect is adopted by the Governing Body pursuant to Labor Code § 3363.5 and a copy of the Resolution is filed with SDRMA.

The Resolution permits your Governing Body to designate the various categories of persons who the agency desires to “deem” to be employees for purposes of workers’ compensation. It declares, on a blanket basis, that the designated categories of volunteers are deemed employees and those categories consist of Governing Body Members, persons performing voluntary service, persons on work study, interns, and other volunteers. In addition, those so designated persons also need to be listed under our Workers’ Compensation Program (which includes paying an annual contribution amount) to enable coverage.

  • To download the Sample Resolution in Microsoft Word format click here