Got Questions About Affordable Care Act?
You might find the answers you’re looking for from the Healthcare Reform FAQs provided by League partner Gallagher Benefit Services. The FAQs have been updated to reflect recent new guidance on the transitional reinsurance fee, the health FSA maximum election limit for 2015, minimum value plans that don’t include hospitalization benefits, the expected indexed amount of the employer mandate penalties for 2015, and more.
Newly Elected Officials: 2015 Leadership Conference (various dates and locations)
Jan. 30-31—Brooklyn Center
Get off to a strong start in your new city leadership role by attending Minnesota’s most comprehensive training opportunity available for newly elected city officials!
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Experienced Officials: 2015 Leadership Conference (Jan. 30-31—Brooklyn Center)
During "Authentic Public Engagement: Working Together to Solve Problems and Achieve Community Goals", get tips on how to design community strategies that match your community's needs!
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City HR Actions Lookup Tool
Looking for bright ideas on HR-related matters? Use the City HR Actions Lookup tool to find examples and get ideas from cities across the state. The League’s newest lookup tool includes over 1,100 examples of what cities have done in the area of HR. Categories include combining positions, eliminating positions, changing policies that affect staff, early retirement, making changes to employee benefits, and more.
New E-Cig Requirement Starts Jan. 1
A new law requiring child-resistant packaging for the liquid consumed when using an electronic cigarette takes effect on New Year’s Day. Cities that license and regulate the sale of tobacco, tobacco-related devices, and electronic delivery devices must enforce compliance with this requirement.
Visiting the Capitol? Wear Your Hardhat
Not really, but be aware that the Capitol is under construction, and that’s affecting both the inside and outside of the building. Lots of changes have been made during the restoration project, and public space is very limited. The League has a few tips on what to do if you plan to visit the Capitol anytime soon as well as other ways to reach your legislators during this time.
The Four E's of Great Governance
How can you balance competing values to make sound decisions for your city?
New: City HR Action Lookup Tool
The latest lookup tool for Minnesota cities is a database of all things Human Resources-related. Find what other cities have done regarding personnel, policies, and more, then contact them for more information.
Training Designed Specifically for New City Leaders
Get off to a strong start in your new role by attending the 2015 Leadership Conference for Newly Elected Officials!
Bits & Briefs
Fleet eco-driving, new assistive hearing technology for council chambers, and a good read on innovation in government are just some of the city news and information items you'll find in the latest Bits & Briefs.
Get 2015 Off to a Great Start!
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Updated Guide to Ethics of Public Office Available
Conflict of interest, gift bans, campaign financing—rules addressing the ethical responsibilities of public office can have a big impact on an elected or appointed official's life. Unfortunately, these rules are also commonly misunderstood. Review these standards and more in the updated Conflict of Interest memo.