HR & Benefits

The people who provide city services are critical to community success. Human resources (HR) is one of the most important components of city management, and the benefits cities offer are increasingly expensive and difficult to navigate.

The League is here to help cities understand their HR-related responsibilities and opportunities. Our HR & Benefits staff responds to more than 2,000 inquiries each year, providing a variety of information resources and services to member cities.

Submit a question to HR & Benefits staff through
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Flexible benefit plan services for cities

In order to provide certain benefits on a tax favorable basis to employees, employers must first implement a flexible benefit plan (a.k.a., “cafeteria plan”). The flexible benefit plan is subject to many rules and regulations under the IRS, which can be confusing and complicated for cities to sort through and implement. The League of Minnesota Cities, in cooperation with Darcy Hitesman of Hitesman & Associates, has developed various tools and resources to assist cities with complying with these requirements.
—Read more about flexible benefit plan services

Model union contracts for cities

Negotiating the first union contract with a newly formed union of city employees is critically important to maintaining certain management rights. The League of Minnesota Cities, in cooperation with Scott Lepak of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, has developed two model union contracts for cities to use in negotiating either a first contract—or negotiating new provisions into an existing contract. The models include explanations of what language to avoid and why the model language is preferred.
—View Model Contract Language—Police Unit (pdf)
—View Model Contract Language—City Hall Unit (pdf)

Salary & Benefits Survey for Minnesota Local Governments

The League's annual Minnesota Local Government Salary & Benefits Survey features data collected from Minnesota cities, as well as some counties and other public sector organizations. The survey results include information on public sector services, salaries (union and non-union), and non-salary benefits.
—Access the Salary & Benefits Survey

E-learning: HR Basics for Managers

For convenient, affordable, and effective training, try the League's City Learning Point courses. These online courses are easy to navigate and designed specifically for the staff and elected officials of Minnesota cities. Registration is now open for the HR Basics for Managers series.
—Read more and register for HR courses

Other League HR & Benefits resources:

—Access the HR Reference Manual
—Access Information Memos - HR & Benefits
—Read more about Life & Disability Insurance