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MCIT Commits to Providing Critical Services During COVID-19 Pandemic, Makes Some Changes

March 26, 2020

MCIT is committed to providing critical services to its members and partners during this time of national concern regarding the spread of COVID-19. MCIT is also concerned about the health and safety of its employees, the ability to respond to member expectations, as well as legal and financial obligations of the organization. Like so many …

OSHA Resources Regarding COVID-19

March 26, 2020

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a series of resources regarding the COVID-19 virus that can be referenced as members protect their employees. These resources cover many topics of concern including: hazard recognition medical information control and prevention In addition, OSHA details specific standards and directives related to the virus including: …

Federal Government Provides Emergency Sick Leave

March 26, 2020

The federal government recently enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes paid sick leave related to COVID-19. The Act and its requirements take effect no later than 15 days after its enactment, which is April 2. Below is a synopsis of the key provisions. Members should consult with the county attorney or labor …

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act

March 26, 2020

As a response to school and day care closures due to the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), the federal government passed the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act. The Act and its requirements take effect no later than 15 days after its enactment, which is April 2, and provisions end Dec. 31, 2020. Below is a …

Training for Employees Working from Home

March 26, 2020

Streaming videos available through the Minnesota Safety Council in partnership with Aurora Pictures is a good way to provide training for employees working from home. All MCIT member organizations have a membership with the Minnesota Safety Council, so they can take advantage of this benefit at no charge. Videos are available through a portal at …

Employee Assistance Program Continues Services During COVID-19 Outbreak, Offers Tips for Managing Response to Abnormal Events

March 17, 2020

The following message is from MCIT’s partner Sand Creek, the Employee Assistance Program administrator, about its response to and support for member employees during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Members are encouraged to take a moment to read the information and share it and the linked materials with their employees. We here at Sand Creek are …

Workers’ Compensation for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

March 17, 2020

Updated: March 26, 2020 When the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Statute was enacted, some illnesses or exposures were specifically excluded, including “ordinary diseases of life.” For most employers and employees, illnesses such as COVID-19 (coronavirus), the flu, the common cold and heart disease are not compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Statute. Presumption for Certain Employees Under …

Aitkin County Auditor Joins MCIT Board

March 04, 2020

The resignation of former Washington County Auditor Kevin Corbid from the MCIT Board of Directors began a search of county commissioners, auditors and auditor-treasurers to fill the vacancy. The board interviewed three individuals and voted unanimously at their February meeting to appoint Aitkin County Auditor Kirk Peysar to the seat. Peysar will join the board …

MCIT Welcomes Familiar Face in New Role

March 04, 2020

Darla Johnson started as a medical only workers’ compensation claims representative for MCIT Feb. 20. She takes over the position left vacant when Rhonda Nilssen moved to an indemnity claims position within MCIT. Johnson previously worked on the MCIT program as an employee of the former third-party administrator for property/casualty claims, Meadowbrook Insurance Group. For …

MCIT Secures Property Reinsurance for Waste-to-energy Operations

March 04, 2020

The search for property reinsurance for MCIT’s four members that operate waste-to-energy facilities ended in February. After months of work, several insurance companies share the risk of catastrophic loss exposures for property in 2020 that might occur at Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management, Polk County’s Fosston facility, Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority and Prairieland Solid …