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27 Articles found | Legal and Governance
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Local officials are generally prohibited from receiving gifts. However questions arise regarding who is defined as a local official and what constitutes a gift. A review of Minnesota statutes provides guidance on this issue.
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The attorney-client privilege may be waived by sharing protected information or documents with an individual outside of the attorney-client relationship. If this privilege is waived either intentionally or unintentionally, the documents and conversations may have to be produced to a requesting party, which could be opposing counsel.
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Public entities must ensure website accessibility and social media accessibility to everyone, including individuals with disabilities, for their sites—both state and federal law require it.
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Government entities provide services for a wide array of individuals. Accessibility has been and continues to be a goal for all entities. This begins with parking lots. Accessibility Standards have been changing over the past several years. The Minnesota Council on Disability has prepared this quick reference guide to help you ensure that your parking is accessible to all [who visit your facilities] and employees.
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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