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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.
71 Articles found | Legal
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Public entities have limited authority to give away public funds as donations or gifts. To spend public funds, a public entity must have both the authority to do so and the expenditure must be for a public purpose.1 This is often referred to as the public purpose doctrine.
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Manage contracts to ensure entities comply with Minnesota Government Data Practices Act when private entities perform government functions.
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How the FMLA applies to public employers and their employees is surprisingly complex.
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Beyond routine board meetings, elected boards conduct work sessions where the board takes no official action as part of their activities. As a quorum or more of the board is typically present at these sessions, the question arises as to whether the Minnesota Open Meeting Law applies to work sessions.
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Many public employees have talents and skills beyond those required to perform their job duties. A public employer may want to take advantage of those talents and skills by offering volunteer opportunities to employees. But the question arises: Can employees volunteer for their public employer?
There are a few risk management issues public employers should consider, specifically related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and workers’ compensation coverage.
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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.