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Safety Culture Corner: Create a Safety Campaign to Target Injuries

September 02, 2020

Several years ago, the Steele County Safety Committee realized the number of slip, trip and fall incidents were climbing, most notably, slips on ice. The committee sprang into action and committed to a campaign of employee awareness. At each monthly meeting, the members brainstormed and discussed ideas they could put into operation. Going Beyond Posters …

Build Positive Safety Culture to Increase Safety, Reduce Costs

September 02, 2020

A safety culture can have a significant impact on the operations of an organization, either positive or negative, depending on the shared values, practices and attitudes about safety. A positive safety culture places a high level of importance on safety. Putting initiatives in place that encourage everyone in the organization to become a safety advocate …

New Guide Helps Reduce Risks of Vehicle Operations

September 02, 2020

Ensuring the safe and effective operation of vehicles is essential to a member’s ability to continue to serve the public and protect employees. It is incumbent upon MCIT members to focus on strategies to reduce the risks related to the operation of their vehicles. To assist members with this, MCIT has created the guide “Essentials …

EAP Supports Law Enforcement’s Unique Circumstances

September 02, 2020

Working in law enforcement often results in having to deal with personal and emotionally challenging situations. These can also have an equally significant effect on an employee’s family. The Law Enforcement Employee Assistance Program (EAP) network includes counselors with law enforcement service backgrounds who understand the unique circumstances of working in public safety, jails and …

Week of Virtual Risk Management Workshops Coming in October

September 02, 2020

This year MCIT has deemed the week of Oct. 19 as Risk Management Week, and staff will present six virtual workshops at no cost for members that cover key areas of concern. The virtual sessions are informative and engaging while providing practical tips members can apply to the workplace immediately.  Attendees have the opportunity to …

Minnesota Supreme Court: Decision Signals Change in Way Courts May View Harassment Claims

September 02, 2020

By Dyan Ebert and Melinda Gau, Attorneys, Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A. In early June 2020 the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Kennah v. Homeword Bound, affirming “the severe-or-pervasive standard” for analyzing a claim for sexual harassment under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, but also ruling that the employee presented sufficient evidence for …

Members Must Report Severe Workplace Injuries to MNOSHA, DLI, Not Just MCIT

September 02, 2020

When an employee sustains a work-related injury, the employer (MCIT member) must submit a workers’ compensation claim to MCIT as soon as possible. In addition, the member must notify the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) and/or the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) for severe injuries and fatalities. MNOSHA Severe Injury and …

Labor Department Answers 3 Lingering FFCRA Back-to-School Questions

August 28, 2020

Provided by Dennis J. Merley, Attorney and Director, Internal Media, Felhaber Larson As so many of our children are returning to schools employing distance learning or hybrid schedules, questions have lingered as to when a school is actually “closed” for purposes of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA’s) Expanded Family and Medical Leave Act …

2021 Coverage Rates Reflect Past Loss Experience

August 03, 2020

The future cost of claims and reinsurance remains unknown, but past experience guided decisions of the MCIT Board of Directors regarding 2021 coverage rates. Scott Anderson, president of Actuarial Advisors, reported that factors influencing rates in 2021 include increases in the cost of claims, adjustments in reserves and significant changes in the cost and terms …

2020 Risk Management Workshops to Be Virtual

August 03, 2020

Due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, MCIT is presenting the 2020 Risk Management Workshops virtually rather than in person this fall. More details and registration for the events will be provided in September. The MCIT staff is busy planning the virtual sessions to be engaging and offer practical strategies for attendees. Topics include: Creating …