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Update: COVID-19 Vaccine and Vaccinations Coverage Clarification

April 16, 2021

MCIT issued an Important Announcement to members Dec. 23, advising of potential liability coverage limitations for claims and exposures arising from the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.  Effective in 2021 MCIT’s new liability reinsurance provider requires a communicable disease exclusion within the MCIT Coverage Document. It is designed to preclude coverage for claims made against members …

MCIT Welcomes New Board Members

March 02, 2021

The last MCIT Board of Directors vacancy was filled by appointment during the Feb. 12 board meeting. Becker County Commissioner Ben Grimsley takes the seat previously held by Don Diedrich, who retired from his Polk County Commissioner position last year. Grimsley joins Roseau County Commissioner Jack Swanson and Washington County Administrator Kevin Corbid as new …

Board Leadership Changes for 2021

March 02, 2021

The first order of business for the MCIT Board during its organizational meeting of the year Jan. 8 was the election of officers. Executive Director Robyn Sykes facilitated the election of the board chair. Recognizing his tenure and experience, board members made quick work of re-electing Sherburne County Commissioner Felix Schmiesing as board chair. This …

Turn in 2021 EDP Inventory by April 30

March 02, 2021

Each member’s annual inventory of electronic data processing (EDP) equipment (items that accept and manipulate data or are connected to a computer system) must be submitted to MCIT by April 30. The inventory must include all EDP equipment that the member wants covered. EDP equipment must be consolidated into a single inventory for the member. …

Reminder: Watch 2021 Coverage Update

March 02, 2021

The recording of the 2021 MCIT Coverage Update webinar is available for viewing on demand at MCIT.org/coverage-reviews/. Members are encouraged to view this to learn about coverage changes effective this year, as well as key features of coverage. 2021 coverage changes include modifications to cyber suite limits and the addition of a communicable disease exclusion …

Minnesota Supreme Court Decision May Require Personnel Policy Revisions

March 02, 2021

By Ann R. Goering, Shareholder and Attorney, Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney P.A. The Minnesota Supreme Court issued its decision in Hall v. City of Plainview Feb. 3. One of the two legal issues considered by the Hall court was whether the paid time off (PTO) payout policy in the city’s employee handbook was an enforceable …

Resources Guide Members Through Managing Risks

March 02, 2021

MCIT has developed over the past several years a number of guides that focus on hazards of specific service areas. Each resource can be used by managers or supervisors to learn about the various risks in their areas and strategies to minimize them. Sections can be used to train employees about safe work practices, as …

New Guidance: Posting DOL-required Employment Notices Electronically

March 02, 2021

With employees working remotely due to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance to its field staff regarding the use of e-mail or postings on an Internet or intranet site (including a shared network drive or file system) for providing required federal notices, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and …

Safety Culture Corner: Departmental Tool Box Talks Benefit Staff

March 02, 2021

Incorporating tool box talks regularly into team meetings demonstrates to employees an organization’s commitment to safety and strengthens avenues of communication, two components of a positive safety culture. A tool box talk is a short discussion that focuses on a single topic, typically related to work being done within a department or a specific task …

Reduce Slips, Falls from Large Equipment

March 02, 2021

Getting in and out of large equipment and vehicles (e.g., snow plows, dump trucks, motor graders, front loaders) is a year round exposure that can lead to serious injuries. MCIT offers members awareness materials for this issue through the Step Wisely program to help reduce injuries related to this work activity. Maintain 3 Points of …