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New PTSD Law Reminds Us to Address Employees’ Mental Health

July 02, 2018

At the close of the 2018 legislative session, Governor Dayton signed a bill that provides a workers’ compensation presumption to first responders who develop a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their employment. This new PTSD law takes effect Jan. 1, 2019, and applies to: licensed police officers firefighters paramedics emergency medical technicians …

New Workers’ Compensation Representative Hired

July 02, 2018

MCIT is happy to announce that it has hired Daisy Gutierrez as a workers’ compensation claims representative. Gutierrez joined MCIT May 16. Gutierrez has six years of workers’ compensation claim handling experience. She last worked for Sedgwick CMS, where she was a workers’ compensation claims examiner and a senior disability claims representative. As an MCIT …

MCIT Announces $11.75 Million Dividend

July 02, 2018

The June meeting of the MCIT Board of Directors included a discussion of the merits for returning fund balance to the membership. Many factors are considered, but none is as important to the board as maintaining MCIT’s financially strong, fully funded status. In the end, the board voted to return an $11.75 million dividend. Each year …

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Apparel Rules at Polls

July 02, 2018

In Minnesota Voting Alliance et. al. v. Mansky, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Minnesota law that prohibits individuals, including voters, from wearing a “political badge, political button, or other political insignia” inside a polling place on election day.* The Court found that under the First Amendment free speech forum analysis, a voting …

Tick Season Is Here

May 15, 2018

Take Steps to Keep Employees Healthy Employees who work outside may be exposed to ticks that may carry disease, such as Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that if left untreated can spread to joints, the heart and nervous system. Since 2000, the number of cases reported in Minnesota has been increasing according …

Videos Explain Minnesota Data Practices Act, Open Meeting Law

April 27, 2018

Complying with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and the Minnesota Open Meeting Law can be confusing due to the laws’ complexities, especially for those new to the public sector in the state. The Minnesota Department of Administration Data Practices Office has two new videos to help clarify the laws. Both videos are available to …

New Underwriting Technician Joins MCIT

April 27, 2018

The MCIT underwriting team welcomed its newest member March 5 when Jennifer Jarvi joined the Trust as an underwriting technician. Jarvi has more than 15 years of experience in accounting and insurance, including experience working with underwriting and billing. As an MCIT underwriting technician, Jarvi helps members with maintaining the accuracy of their property and …

EAP Value Continues for Employees, Employers

April 27, 2018

Last year, the overall utilization of the program by MCIT member employees was 4.73 percent, exceeding the target rate of 4 percent and the 4.16 percent utilization for 2016. For the past three years, 35 employees reported that counseling provided through the EAP gave them an alternative to filing a grievance or lawsuit against their …

Quick Takes on Safety: No-cost Training Scripts for Injury Prevention

April 24, 2018

Short reminders about safety best practices can go along way in keeping  employees injury free on the job. To make it easy for members to do this, MCIT has developed a series of short training talks called Quick Takes on Safety. Supervisors can use these scripts during regularly scheduled or informal meetings. Materials are provided …

Loss Prevention Best Practices Guides Updated with Added and Expanded Chapters

April 24, 2018

Expanded editions of the Public Works Loss Prevention Best Practices Guide and Solid Waste Management Loss Prevention Best Practices Guide are now available. They include new and expanded chapters, and updated safety information throughout. The guides provide members information and recommendations to help recognize and reduce hazards common to public works departments and solid waste …