MCIT Bulletin

Newsletter Keeps Members Up to Date

The MCIT Bulletin is published nine times a year. It covers issues important to MCIT members, such as program developments, legislative and case law changes, risk management and loss control advice, training opportunities and more.

Bulletin, January/February 2021

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January/February 2021 Bulletin articles:

MCIT News

 MCIT Board gathers socially distanced and wearing masks to conduct 2020 annual meeting virtually for members

New Format for Annual Meeting: The 2020 annual meeting of MCIT was conducted virtually for members while the board of directors gathered in person. The meeting reviewed MCIT 2019 and 2020 finances, the current and future state of MCIT and announced the results of the board elections. Read more …

 Awards plaques for 2020 MCIT award winners

2020 MCIT Award Winners: Excellence in Risk Management Recognized: 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. Read more …

Eric Nerness

 

Hubbard County Coordinator Hired as Director of Claims: 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. Read more …

Computer monitor shows welcome slide for 2021 MCIT Coverage Update

Webinars Detail Important Coverage Changes for 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. Read more …

Services and Products News

One thought bubble shows a businessman on the phone while a co-worker grasps an injured hand. Another thought bubble shows a nurse talking on the phone.

FAQs: Workplace Injury Hotline: 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 use, members may have questions about it and how to incorporate it into their workplace injury procedures. Read more …

A mature man talks to a therapist

CONFIDE Serves Commissioners: 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 known as CONFIDE specifically for commissioners/elected leaders and their families. Read more …

 

Crossword with words associated with employee assistance program: guidance, advice, help, tips Employee Assistance Program Can Do That? 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. Read more …

Tips to Manage, Reduce Risks

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Risks of Using Personal E-mail for Government Business: In Minnesota, many elected local officials have a choice between using a government entity-provided e-mail account or using a personal e-mail account for conducting government business. Whether officials should use government-entity or personal e-mail accounts for conducting official business is ultimately a policy decision for the governing body and the elected official. When making this decision, there are a few issues to keep in mind, such as security of the account and preservation of the government data in a personal account. (These considerations also apply to employees using personal e-mail accounts for government business.) Read more …

 

Maze with "copyright" in the middle Copyright Infringement and Images Found on the Internet: The Internet makes it easy to download and copy photographs, illustrations and other images into articles, newsletters, websites and other such promotional or instructional materials. Many of these images are owned and copyrighted by private parties, which when used without permission, can expose the user to a claim of copyright infringement. Although copyright infringement claims are not new, they are a growing area of risk for everyone that accesses the Internet for photographs, illustrations, other image files and content to enhance marketing, training and education efforts. Read more …
A blocked fire exit door in an industrial building in violation of safety regulations Safety Culture Corner: Safety Audits Offer More Than Finding Hazards: 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 culture. Read more …
gavel sits atop pile of $100 bills Public Employees Liability Coverage for Elected Officials: General explanation of MCIT’s public employees liability coverage and workers’ compensation for elected officials. Read more …