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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.
20 Articles found | Legal and Governance
April 2018 | Article | Uploaded in:
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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Understanding the basics of service animal laws can help public entities manage their liability risk in the public service and employment arenas.
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Spoliation of evidence can have a dramatic impact on the defense of a lawsuit or claim against a member. Spoliation does not have to be intentional to occur. Simple negligent or accidental spoliation of any evidence can cause significant issues in defending a claim and protecting the reputation of the member.
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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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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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Overview of law enforcement K-9 immunity, including information about dog bites, and liability risks surrounding use of law enforcement K-9s.
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To encourage local government units to consider in a timely manner written requests relating to zoning, septic systems and other specific issues, Minnesota Statutes, Section 15.99 requires a county to approve or deny requests within 60 days. Failure to approve or deny within 60 days results in automatic approval. This is known as the 60-day rule. Article provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about the 60-day rule.
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A litigation hold is a written notice to employees and individuals under an entity’s direction and control, instructing them to retain any documents, videos, property, etc. related to a certain issue that is or may be subject to a lawsuit. A litigation hold is a formal means or a process by which routine document retention and destruction is suspended and relevant documents, data and other evidence are identified and preserved for potential use in a lawsuit. The notice is issued to prevent the spoliation of evidence. “Spoliation” is “the destruction or significant alteration of evidence, or the failure to preserve property for another’s use as evidence in pending or reasonably foreseeable litigation.” This Resource provides a general understanding of what a litigation hold is, reasons they are important, reasons information should be preserved, how to identify data that falls under a litigation hold, to whom a litigation hold applies and when a litigation hold should be implemented. The Resource provides practical instructions on how to implement a litigation hold, including accounting for electronically stored information and data saved on employees' personally owned devices or those of an outside party, such as a contractor or consultant.
May 2016 | Article | Uploaded in:
The basics of litigation holds is examined, including the importance and use of litigation holds, how and when to implement litigation holds, and how to manage electronically stored information under litigation holds.