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New Format for 2020 Annual Meeting

January 04, 2021

With only board members and a few staff in attendance, MCIT Board Chair Felix Schmeising called the 2020 Annual Meeting of MCIT membership to order in the board room of the MCIT building in St. Paul Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. Members attended the meeting from the safety and comfort of their homes and offices …

2020 MCIT Award Winners: Excellence in Risk Management Recognized

January 04, 2021

MCIT Board Chair Felix Schmiesing announced the recipients of MCIT’s annual awards during the 2020 Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust Annual Membership Meeting held virtually Dec. 11. Preventing and mitigating losses is important to the overall success and stability of MCIT, so every year MCIT recognizes three counties that excel at risk management and loss control. …

Hubbard County Coordinator Hired as Director of Claims

January 04, 2021

MCIT is pleased to announce that Eric Nerness, former Hubbard County coordinator and MCIT Board member, joined the Trust as the director of claims Jan. 4. He is a welcome addition, as the position has been vacant for several years. As the director of claims, Nerness oversees both the workers’ compensation and property/casualty claims divisions. …

Webinars Detail Important Changes to Coverage for 2021

January 04, 2021

MCIT will offer 2021 Coverage Review webinars in mid-January. These sessions are an excellent opportunity to learn about MCIT coverage, particularly changes for 2021, and how coverage applies to a member’s operations. Live Update Focuses on Changes The live “2021 MCIT Coverage Update” Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. focuses on changes in coverage for the …

Workplace Injury Hotline FAQs

January 04, 2021

The workplace injury hotline is a quick way for employees injured on the job to receive medical advice about how best to treat the injury by calling 1.833.523.0277. When the service is used, Medcor, the service administrator, notifies MCIT about the incident. This begins the workers’ compensation claims process. Although the hotline is simple to …

Safety Culture Corner: Safety Audits Offer More than Finding Hazards

January 04, 2021

Routine safety audits or walkthroughs are a common tool many MCIT members use to identify and correct workplace hazards. Audits can be effective at reducing employee injuries and demonstrating an organization’s commitment to safety. They can also be an effective tool for training, helping others get involved in safety and improving an organization’s overall safety …

CONFIDE Serves Commissioners

January 04, 2021

Commissioners’ service to the county and constituents can take a toll on their happiness, peace of mind or family life. Because of this, MCIT has established a professional consulting and counseling program specifically for commissioners/elected leaders and their families. Known as CONFIDE, this program is a confidential, professional consulting and counseling service to support the …

Employee Assistance Program Can Do That?

January 04, 2021

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help in several ways, so never dismiss the program as an avenue to resolve a problem. The EAP is a no-cost service that connects employees, officials and their dependents with qualified counselors to resolve personal concerns. The EAP is voluntary, confidential and simple to use. Ways the EAP can …

COVID-19 and Workers’ Compensation FAQs

December 22, 2020

Members have a number of questions about how workers’ compensation responds to various COVID-19 related circumstances with employees, along with questions about other leave benefits employees may have related to COVID-19. Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and workers’ compensation, as well as links to decision trees for COVID-related …

2021 Reinsurance: Light at End of Tunnel Is Not the Train Coming

December 01, 2020

Last year MCIT advised members that reinsurance companies were avoiding public sector risks. When coverage could be found, it was expensive and often included changes in structure and coverage that required increased retentions and exclusions for certain operations. Unfortunately, the landscape has not significantly improved. According to observers of the reinsurance market, rate increases will …