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MCIT Makes Adjustments During Pandemic

May 11, 2020

MCIT takes the risk of employees contracting COVID-19 seriously. Most MCIT staff are working remotely. Even with the challenge of conducting business in a virtual environment, MCIT is committed to maintaining services to members that are appropriate. Claims processing is a priority. Risk management and loss control consultants remain available to members via e-mail and …

Boiler, Pressure Vessel Inspections Temporarily Suspended

May 11, 2020

As part of MCIT’s equipment breakdown coverage (a.k.a. boiler and machinery coverage), the provider, Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), performs on-site equipment loss prevention activities and inspections required by law on boilers and pressure vessels. In response to COVID-19, HSB has advised MCIT that it has temporarily suspended routine boiler and pressure vessel inspections. Inspections are …

Open Meeting Law Amended for Flexibility During Pandemic

May 11, 2020

The Open Meeting Law (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13D) allows board members to participate in meetings via interactive television1 (or other video calling platforms such as Skype)2 when the statutory conditions are met. In light of Governor Tim Walz’s recent declaration of a peace time state of emergency, this provision was recently amended to allow additional …

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Resources

May 11, 2020

The federal government recently enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which included the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA). These laws, along with the subsequently passed CARES Act, provide employees with up to 80 hours of paid sick time for certain COVID-19 related …

EAP Offers Support for Employees During Pandemic

May 11, 2020

As employees cope with the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic along with regular challenges of life, it is important to remind them that the Employee Assistance Program is still operating and providing support for personal concerns. The EAP phones continue to be answered 24 hours a day, every day to assist individuals in need, …

Safety Culture Corner: Strong Safety Committee Makes Joint Effort to Improve

May 11, 2020

Rice County re-energized its safety committee two and a half years ago and is reaping the benefits of its efforts. Ellie James, Rice County safety committee chair, reflects on the changes she sees: “Employees are asking questions, which tells me that the door to building a more culturally safe work environment is beginning to open.” …

Ready-to-send E-mails Help Build Positive Safety Culture

May 11, 2020

A regular e-mail sent by the safety coordinator or safety committee to employees can help create safety awareness and remind employees that a safe work place is important to everyone in the organization. MCIT has made this easy by providing a series of ready-to-send safety messages as jpeg images that are viewable in most HTML- …

Workers’ Compensation: New Temporary COVID-19 Presumption

April 16, 2020

The Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA) excludes some illnesses or exposures, including “ordinary diseases of life.”  For most employers and employees, COVID-19 is not compensable under the WCA because it is considered an ordinary disease of life such as the flu. However, for certain first responders and health care providers who contract a communicable disease, …

EDP Inventory Is Due May 14

April 02, 2020

Your electronic processing (EDP) equipment coverage is provided on a blanket basis. Each April you must submit to MCIT an updated EDP inventory that includes all EDP equipment you want covered and the replacement cost values of the equipment. While we recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted your operations, it is important that we …

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 …