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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.
38 Articles found | Legal and Governance
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Historically, employers have agreed to indemnify, defend and and hold an employee or official harmless for claims arising from acts performed while carrying out duties within the scope or at the direction of his or her employer. Indemnification ensures that the employee or official can act in good faith to perform his or her duties without the risk of being personally responsible for costs associated with defending his or her actions.
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One of the most misunderstood topics facing county officials is conflicts of interest. Officials also often confuse public sector ethics and conflict of interset, a subset of public sector ethics in genera. Conflict of interest does not refer to all those situations where there may be relationships between parties. Instead it refers to a specific situation where a public official has a personal financial interest in a matter.
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The Internet makes it easy to download and copy photographs, illustrations and other images into articles, newsletters, websites and other such promotional or instructional materials. Many of these images are owned and copyrighted by private parties, which when used without permission, can expose the user to a claim of copyright infringement. Although copyright infringement claims are not new, they are a growing area of risk for everyone that accesses the Internet for photographs, illustrations, other image files and content to enhance marketing, training and education efforts.
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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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The guide "Essentials of Risk Management for Motor Vehicles" provides an overview of several key risks of motor vehicle use for local public entities and provides strategies members can use to manage and minimize them.
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Social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, have become a crucial component in a government entity’s communication strategy with the public. Social media can greatly facilitate the sharing of information directly to an interested audience. But it may also allow the public to comment on the public entity’s policies, services, officials and employees in a fairly public manner.

How the entity manages these comments and individuals’ access to the entity’s social media accounts has potential First Amendment implications.
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Public entities throughout the state of Minnesota may soon be facing operational and budget uncertainties due to COVID-19. As expected revenues for local public entities decreases, municipalities will be defending tough budget decisions. Here's tips on how to do that.
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Minnesota Statutes, Section 15.99 requires a local government unit to approve or deny a written application related to various land use issues within 60 days. As is, the law does not allow for a suspension of the deadlines under the current health emergency.Public hearings about land use issues can be modified to adhere to a health emergency.
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Drones (unmanned aerial systems) have the ability to aid government entities in many ways: bridge and ditch inspection, mapping, surveillance, and search and rescue, to identify a few. As with any technology, the use of drones does not come without risk.
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An overview of dog bites and liability risks surrounding use of law enforcement canines and potential immunities for public entities.