Week of Virtual Risk Management Workshops Coming in October

September 02, 2020

The mature, 50-years-old Caucasian long-haired man working in the office attending a webinar.This year MCIT has deemed the week of Oct. 19 as Risk Management Week, and staff will present six virtual workshops at no cost for members that cover key areas of concern.

The virtual sessions are informative and engaging while providing practical tips members can apply to the workplace
immediately.  Attendees have the opportunity to ask questions electronically during each workshop.

Sessions are presented over three days, and members can attend as many workshops as they want. This makes it easy to fit them into member’s schedules.

2020 Workshops and Schedule

Below is the 2020 schedule of virtual workshops for Risk Management Week.

2020 and the Basics of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act
Presented by MCIT staff counsel for risk control
Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m.
What is government data? Have there been changes to the law since the last time you learned about the MGDPA? Are there still elements of the law you do not understand? This session provides basic information that public employees need to understand about government data and it’s availability to the public. Attendees learn valuable information to allow them to win at trivia! (See next session information for more about MGDPA trivia.)

The Devil Is in the Details of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act
Presented by MCIT staff counsel for risk control
Oct. 21, 1 p.m.
How well do you really know the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act? This workshop goes beyond the basics of the MGDPA in a fun trivia quiz format. With the MGDPA, the devil really is in the details. This session focuses on the nuances of the law’s applications. Attendees leave with a greater understanding of the MGDPA’s most litigated and/or challenged provisions.

Essentials of Risk Management for Motor Vehicles
Presented by MCIT risk management consultant
Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.
MCIT members rely on vehicles as an integral part of operations. The impact of vehicle exposures goes beyond bodily injury and property damage. This presentation explains auto laws and how they apply to operations to ensure compliance, MCIT coverage and how to maximize it, maintaining safe fleet operations, and steps to take after a vehicle incident. This session examines many of the issues covered in the forthcoming MCIT publication of the same title (see related article in this Bulletin).

Benefits and Tips for Creating a Positive Safety Culture
Presented by MCIT Loss Control Consultants
Oct. 22, 1 p.m.
Building a positive safety culture may be the single most effective strategy to reduce employee injuries while increasing productivity and morale. This session examines the benefits of maintaining a positive workplace safety culture and provides practical tools to help build it. The presentation includes key ideas from the forthcoming “Safety Culture: Techniques for Building Positive Organizational Change” handbook from MCIT (see related article in this Bulletin).

Hot Topics in Risk Management
Presented by MCIT risk management and loss control consultants
Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m.
The presentation covers several risk areas that are relevant to members, which include contracts, drone usage, social media and the First Amendment for public entities, and stepping up safety committees.

Trending Topics in Employment Law
Presented by MCIT staff counsel for risk control
Oct. 23, 1 p.m.
This fast-paced discussion covers several employment-related topics that have emerged or re-emerged in 2020 and what is on the horizon for 2021 and beyond. Particular focus is given to how attendees can manage the unique risks that give rise to common employment claims. 

Who Should Attend Risk Management Workshops?

The MCIT Risk Management Workshops are intended for the following roles:

  • MCIT primary contacts
  • Risk managers
  • Administrators/coordinators
  • Executive directors
  • SWCD district managers
  • Department heads
  • Auditors/auditor-treasurers
  • County attorneys
  • Sheriffs
  • Human resources professionals

Register for Workshops

Workshops are presented through the GoToTraining platform at no cost. Visit the training calendar to register. Members must register separately for each virtual workshop they want to attend, and a link to log in to each session is e-mailed to registrants.

Questions about the workshops or how to register should be directed to MCIT Communications Manager Heather Larson-Blakestad at 1.866.547.6516 or

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