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Phishing Scam Lures Members to Transfer Funds

July 19, 2021

Cyber thieves are deploying a phishing scam to steal funds from public entities through schemes known as misdirected payment fraud. One version of this scam involves mimicking a legitimate vendor’s office e-mail address, then sending an e-mail request to the public entity and asking that an Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment be directed to the …

MCIT Board Announces Dividend

June 29, 2021

The MCIT Board of Directors weighed a number of financial factors during its June 11 meeting to determine that a $12 million dividend was appropriate this year. The discussion occurred following a comprehensive actuarial review of MCIT’s reserves and claims experience, completion of the annual audit and year-end report on the performance of MCIT’s investment …

OSHA Grants for Safety Equipment

June 29, 2021

Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) safety grants can help defray the cost of safety equipment. The program offers up to $10,000 in matching dollars to reimburse the cost of projects or equipment intended to improve safety and reduce employee injury or illness. Grants Cover Variety of Expenses The grant can be used to …

New Property/Casualty Claims Manager Hired

June 29, 2021

Zahir Siddiqui joined the MCIT staff May 17. He took over the property/casualty claims manager position after Jim Lass retired in June. Siddiqui has 27 years of claims management experience and oversight of property and liability claims. He spent 17 years with Best Buy, where he was responsible for the management of more than 12,000 …

Updates to Open Meeting Law Effective Now, July 1, Aug. 1

June 29, 2021

Chapter 14 of the 2021 session laws, signed into law May 6, made several changes to the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. Some of these changes were retroactively applied and effective through June 30.  Others were effective starting May 7 or take effect Aug. 1. Time-limited Expansion of Open, Accessible Location Exception Ends June 30 Minnesota …

MCIT Executive Director to Retire

May 17, 2021

Robyn Sykes, executive director of Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust, announced her intention to retire this fall during the May 14 MCIT Board of Directors meeting. The MCIT Board of Directors expresses its appreciation for her many years of service advancing the mission of MCIT. Sykes’ career spans more than 42 years working for and with …

Legal Considerations for Mandatory COVID-19 Workplace Vaccination Policies

April 30, 2021

By Alex D. Ivan, Attorney, Kennedy & Graven Given the impact of COVID-19 and the emergency use authorization (EUA) of vaccines, employers may be considering whether to impose mandatory vaccination policies or require proof of vaccination before permitting employees to return to the workplace. Vaccination mandates are not new, especially in health care and public …

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Under American Rescue Plan Act

April 30, 2021

By Grant S. Gibeau, Attorney, Felhaber Larson President Joe Biden signed a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law March 11. The ARPA contains several provisions covering an employer’s ability to seek tax credits for providing its employees with COVID-19-related paid sick and …

Bulletin Readership Survey Results

April 30, 2021

MCIT surveyed its newsletter readers from mid-February to mid-March to learn more about the Bulletin’s readership. Across the board, the results indicate that the Bulletin has high readership among members. Nearly 92 percent of respondents read the newsletter occasionally, frequently or always. The survey shows that members find the Bulletin’s mix of MCIT program news; …

Help Staff Make Transition Back to Workplace

April 30, 2021

By Carol Nagele-Vitalis, Director of Organizational Services, Sand Creek EAP As the world moves into another phase of the pandemic, the term “reboarding” is emerging as organizations work to bring people back to the office. Reboarding is the process of re-introducing staff to the work site after the disruption caused by COVID-19. The return to …