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Legal and Governance
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When public entities enter into agreements for sharing employees and/or contracting employment services with another government entity, including joint powers entities, several benefits and risks of sharing employees should be identified and decisions made to manage those risks.
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Although private employers may fire employees for certain speech, public employers cannot so easily. Public employers must ensure that their actions do not infringe on their employees’ First Amendment rights, including rights of association and free speech. Public employees have constitutional rights to engage in information sharing, questioning, providing answers and to associate with one candidate. That right, however, is not without limitations.
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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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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.