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Promptly Report COVID-19 Incidents to MCIT

October 21, 2021

The recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Minnesota is affecting MCIT and its members. MCIT has seen several recent instances of members “holding” incident reports, pending internal review and/or information gathering. However, it is important that members promptly report these work-related incidents to MCIT to ensure compliance with Department of Labor and …

2021 Annual Meeting: Looking Forward to Seeing You There

October 08, 2021

After convening virtually last year, MCIT is excited to host the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting in person Dec. 6 at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 4 p.m. in Atrium 4 (second floor). The meeting is held in conjunction with the Association of Minnesota Counties …

Step Wisely 2021: Curb Slip, Fall Incidents This Winter

October 08, 2021

The winter slip and fall season is fast approaching, and MCIT will release a new set of no-cost Step Wisely slip and fall awareness materials in November to assist in members’ workplace safety efforts. Members can download all materials at MCIT.org/step-wisely/ once released. Step Wisely materials use humor and eye-catching designs to draw employees’ attention …

Extraterritorial Workers’ Compensation Coverage Concerns

October 08, 2021

As members sort through issues of having employees work remotely, questions have arisen regarding an employee’s eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits if he or she sustains a work-related injury while working from home when the employee’s home is not in Minnesota. During the period that the governor’s executive order required employees to work from home …

Law Expands Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women, Nursing Mothers

October 08, 2021

During its June special session, the Minnesota Legislature passed amendments to the existing state statutes governing workplace protections for nursing mothers and pregnancy. These amendments go into effect Jan. 1, 2022. Nursing Mothers Minnesota Statutes, Section 181.939 currently requires employers to provide reasonable unpaid break time to an employee to express breast milk in a …

Member Responsibilities for Successful Underwriting Cycle

October 08, 2021

Although a member’s fiscal year coincides with the calendar, the state sees its cycle begin July 1, and the federal government’s starts in October. There are a number of reasons for these differences, but each organization builds its annual work plan and activities around its unique deadlines. MCIT is no different. The work of MCIT’s …

2 Guides Updated with New Insights, Tips

October 08, 2021

Two updated guides are now available at no cost to assist members with their injury prevention and workplace safety efforts. The Law Enforcement Training Injury Prevention Program and Safety Committee Resource Handbook replace previous resources covering the same topics. The guides offer new insights, tools and tips, and are provided at no cost to members. …

Observe National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 07, 2021

Cyber-attacks are real and present threats for local governments. Recently, MCIT members have succumbed to misdirected funds attacks. Members can build awareness among their employees about prevention measures through observing National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October. No-cost Resources Several no-cost materials are available to assist members in getting the word out and strengthening the organization’s …

Cyber-security: Employee Morale Is Key to Combatting New Twist on Social Engineering Attacks

October 07, 2021

Provided by Hartford Steam Boiler In the past few years, you may have improved your cyber-security by hardening technical defenses and training employees to be on the lookout for threats. That said, your organization can never be too vigilant when it comes to cyber-risks, because hackers relentlessly explore and exploit new methods of attack. October …

Request for Proposal: Services to Support MCIT’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Operations

October 04, 2021

Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT) is seeking proposals for qualified vendor(s) to provide automated bill review/PPO network service(s) for MCIT’s self-insured workers’ compensation program. Responses to this Request for Proposal must be received by MCIT no later than Nov. 5, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. (CDT).  Download the full Request for Proposal and associated material(s) …