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Ask LMC: Handling Complaints About a Neighbor’s Property January 2017

LMC staff answer questions about conditional use permits, library boards, employment posters, and property classification.

Ask LMC: How Will the New Body Cam Law Affect Our City? November 2016

LMC staff answer your questions about body cameras, selling land, city types, and part-time exempt employees.

Ask LMC: New Guidance for Use of Housing Applicants’ Criminal Records September 2016

LMC staff answer your questions about housing background checks, credit unions, absentee voting, and confidential employees.

Ask LMC: Fund Balance Recommendations from the OSA July 2016

LMC staff answer your questions about fund balance size, allowing employees to view their employment files, when to provide notice of ballot questions, and designating city hall as a storm shelter.

Ask LMC: Can the City Use a ‘Per Diem’ Policy for Expense Reimbursement? May 2016

LMC staff answer your questions about per diems, hiring a councilmember, new police officers, and the 2020 Census.

Ask LMC: What Safety Measures Are Required for Employees Working in Traffic? March 2016

LMC staff answer questions about public works safety, tax rates, PERA contributions, and deceased pets.

Ask LMC: Do Volunteer Firefighters Qualify for Workers’ Compensation Benefits? January 2016

LMC staff answer questions about workers' compensation coverage, the JOBZ program, and the 'Cadillac tax.'

Ask LMC: Police Moonlighting—What Are the Risks to the City? November 2015

LMC staff answer questions about moonlighting, establishing an HRA, OSHA changes, and reassessments.

Ask LMC: Do Hard Hats Have an Expiration Date? September 2015

LMC staff answer questions about hard hat expiration, Skype, city levies, and employment applications.

Ask LMC: Pet License Data—Is That Public Information? July 2015

LMC staff answer questions about requests for pet license data, leave for anxiety, and insurance for daredevil stunts.

Ask LMC: What Is the New ‘Responsible Contractor’ Law? May 2015

LMC staff answer questions about the 'responsible contractor' law, Super Tuesday meetings, population estimates, and the ACA.

Ask LMC: What Is the Meaning of Pay Equity? March 2015

LMC staff answer questions about pay equity, the aging workforce, and regulating firearms.

Ask LMC: Protect & Serve Police with Annual Hearing Tests January 2015

LMC staff answer questions about OSHA hearing tests, military leave, and library boards.

Ask LMC: When the Winning City Council Candidate Doesn’t Want to Serve November 2014

LMC staff answer questions about a post-election vacancy, fiscal disparities, and sick leave inquiries.