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Browse through a collection of more than 100 articles and model forms in the MCIT Resource Library. Use the search tools to the left to narrow in on the appropriate resource.
66 Articles found | Legal
May 2017 | PDF | Uploaded in:
The hiring process can be fraught with legal pitfalls at every stage. It is important for individuals involved in the hiring process to recognize and avoid these legal pitfalls when hiring where possible. Breaking down the hiring process into key areas can help in identifying the pitfalls and ways to avoid them.
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In recent years, Minnesota state legislators have enacted laws limiting or prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving, in particular banning texting while operating a vehicle. Whether prohibited by law or not, the use of mobile devices by employees while driving on the job poses several safety and legal risks for members. Members should consider policies and procedures to help reduce this risk to employees and the organization.
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Most challenges to county land use decisions involve on-the-record review. This means that it is critical that counties: 1) understand what the record is; and 2) assure that a solid, good record exists, so most likely the challenged decision is upheld.
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Drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), have the ability to aid government entities in many ways: mapping, surveillance, and search and rescue, to identify a few. However as with any new technology, there are risks of using drones for conducting government business. Members should take steps to manage those risks.
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Several warnings might be applicable when interviewing employees when investigating employee misconduct. These warnings are not required for criminal investigations.1 Warnings include Tennessen, Garrity, Weingarten and in the case of law enforcement a Peace Officer Discipline Procedures Act (PODPA) advisory.
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Joint powers entities occasionally include provisions in their formation or operational documents that conflict with the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13D. In this case, the Minnesota Open Meeting Law supersedes the joint powers agreement or bylaws.
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Sessions designed to build trust, communication, collaboration and the like among members of a governing board are like training for boards, according to an advisory opinion from the commissioner of the Department of Administration, when considering whether the sessions are subject to the Minnesota Open Meeting Law.
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A Tennessen warning is a notice public employers must give to people who supply private or public information about themselves to the governmental entity. This article explains the warning and when it must be given and when it is not needed, as well as consequences of neglecting to provide the warning.
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Before installing security cameras (or surveillance cameras) cameras for purposes other than law enforcement or workplace activities, members must weigh a number of issues that go beyond the system’s technical capabilities and cost. These include data practices concerns, such as data access, data retention and the public's right to privacy.
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Following a six -day trial this spring, a Carver County District Court judge determined four current Victoria City Council members committed a combined total of 38 intentional violations of the Minnesota Open Meeting Law and ordered $7,800 in personal fines. This case serves as a good reminder for all public officials of the scope of the Open Meeting Law and the responsibility it places upon them. It also highlights penalties that can result from violations of the Open Meeting Law and the high costs for defending these suits—more than $260,000 in legal defense costs.