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Open Meeting Law Interpretation Upheld

August 31, 2018

Minnesota Supreme Court The Minnesota Open Meeting Law provides that “if a person has been found to have intentionally violated this chapter [the Open Meeting Law] in three or more actions brought under this chapter involving the same governing body, such person shall forfeit any further right to serve on such governing body or in …

Plan for How to Address Citizen ‘First Amendment Audits’

August 23, 2018

Around the country and in a handful of public entities in Minnesota, citizens have been conducting First Amendment “audits.” Typically these “audits” involve an individual recording a public area of a government building or law enforcement conduct. The apparent motive behind these citizen audits is to ascertain whether the government entity’s response and subsequent conduct …

Time Is Running Out for No-cost ‘Resilience II’ Training

July 30, 2018

Tips, Techniques for Tough Situations Sand Creek, MCIT’s Employee Assistance Program provider, under the direction of MCIT has developed the new two-part educational program “Resilience II” for county members of MCIT. The training strengthens both personal and professional resilience—the ability to respond positively to and recover from difficult situations. The sessions build on information from …

2019 Aggregate Rates: Steady and Predictable

July 30, 2018

During the MCIT Board of Directors meeting July 13, board members voted on aggregate rates for 2019. The board approved no adjustment in property/casualty aggregate rates for 2019 and a reduction of 6.4 percent for aggregate workers’ compensation rates. The rate decisions were based on analysis from Actuarial Advisors, MCIT’s long-time actuary. Factors Balance Out …

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 …