MCIT Bulletin

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The MCIT Bulletin is published seven 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, October/November 2021

Cover of MCIT Bulletin October/November 2021 edition

October/November 2021 Bulletin articles:

MCIT News

MCIT logo: State of Minnesota with blue chevron stripes inside and "MCIT" below image 2021 Annual Meeting: Looking Forward to Seeing You There: After convening virtually last year, MCIT is excited to host the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting in person Dec. 6 at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington. The meeting is held in conjunction with the Association of Minnesota Counties Annual Conference. Highlights of this year’s annual meeting include financial report for the year ending Dec. 31, 2020; election of officers; announcement of 2021 MCIT Award winners; and past accomplishments and future goals. Read more …

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Extraterritorial Workers’ Compensation Coverage Concerns: Workers’ compensation operates under a set of laws unique to the specific state where the employee works, not where the employer is located. MCIT is formed under Minnesota law and is, therefore, unable to provide workers’ compensation coverage for members whose employees’ permanent work locations are outside of Minnesota. MCIT recommends that members that have employees permanently working out of state secure workers’ compensation coverage through an insurance agent for these employees. Read more …

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Member Responsibilities for Successful Underwriting Cycle: All members are required to provide specific data on a prescribed schedule so that MCIT can determine appropriate renewal contribution amounts in time to meet the member’s Truth in Taxation, preliminary levy and budget deadlines. Read more …

Manage, Reduce Risks

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Law Expands Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women, Nursing Mothers: During its June special session, the Minnesota Legislature passed amendments to the existing state statutes governing workplace protections for pregnant women and nursing mothers. These amendments go into effect Jan. 1, 2022. Read more …

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2 Guides Updated with New Insights, Tips: Two updated guides are now available at no cost to assist members with their injury prevention and workplace safety efforts. The “Law Enforcement Training Injury Prevention Program” and “Safety Committee Resource Handbook” replace previous resources covering the same topics. The guides offer new insights, tools and tips, and are provided at no cost to members. Read more …

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Cyber-security: Employee Morale Is Key to Combatting New Twist on Social Engineering Attacks: Your organization can never be too vigilant when it comes to cyber-risks, because hackers relentlessly explore and exploit new methods of attack. October is the perfect time to reinvigorate your efforts, as it is Cyber-security Awareness Month. Recently phishing attack has targeted employees at the target organization, offering them a percentage of the ransom in return for installing malware on their employer’s system. Read more …

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Observe National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Cyber-attacks are real and present threats for local governments. Recently, MCIT members have succumbed to misdirected funds attacks. Members can build awareness among their employees about prevention measures through observing National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October. Read more …

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Step Wisely 2021: Curb Slip, Fall Incidents This Winter:The winter slip and fall season is fast approaching, and MCIT will release a new set of no-cost Step Wisely slip and fall awareness materials in November to assist in members’ workplace safety efforts. Members can download all materials at MCIT.org/step-wisely/ once released. Read more …

Training Opportunities

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Attend Virtual Workers’ Compensation Workshops Oct. 28 at No Cost: The workers’ compensation system and related workplace safety requirements can sometimes feel overwhelming or confusing, especially for those who do not encounter it frequently. The no-cost MCIT virtual Workers’ Compensation Workshops are here to help demystify it. Read more and register … 

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