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, July 2021

Cover of MCIT Bulletin July 2021 edition

July 2021 Bulletin articles:

MCIT News

Close up of businessman's hands cupping illustration of shield with dollar sign indicating concept of protecting money MCIT Board Announces Dividend: The MCIT Board of Directors weighed a number of financial factors during its June 11 meeting to determine that a $12 million dividend was appropriate this year. Read more …

Robyn Sykes

MCIT Executive Director to Retire: Robyn Sykes, executive director of Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust, announced her intention to retire this fall during the May 14 MCIT Board of Directors meeting. The MCIT Board of Directors expresses its appreciation for her many years of service advancing the mission of MCIT. Read more …

Zahir Siddiqui

New Property/Casualty Claims Manager Hired: Zahir Siddiqui joined the MCIT staff May 17. He took over the property/casualty claims manager position after Jim Lass retired in June. Read more …

Risk Management, Loss Control News

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OSHA Grants for Safety Equipment: Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) safety grants can help defray the cost of safety equipment. The program offers up to $10,000 in matching dollars to reimburse the cost of projects or equipment intended to improve safety and reduce employee injury or illness. Read more …

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Updates to Open Meeting Law: Chapter 14 of the 2021 session laws, signed into law May 6, made several changes to the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. Some of these changes were retroactively applied and effective through June 30.  Others were effective starting May 7 or take effect Aug. 1. Read more …

Tips to Manage, Reduce Risks

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Check in on Property Protection Plans: Although financial reimbursement can help alleviate some of the costs resulting from severe property damage, many of the expenses are more difficult to identify. Lost time, disruption in services and employee stress often cannot be rectified with financial reimbursement. As a result, it is important to have a property protection plan that follows best practices for preventing or mitigating losses. Read more …

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Coverage Considerations for Law Enforcement Moonlighting: MCIT provides coverage for the authorized activities of law enforcement personnel when faced with situations where they must act in their official capacity as law enforcement officers. Whether coverage applies when officers are working another job outside of their full-time jobs (“moonlighting”) depends on the activities that created the basis for the claim. Read more …