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ICMA Manager Evaluations Handbook
A new ICMA handbook is available to assist local elected officials in formally evaluating managers. The complimentary handbook is intended to highlight the value of a formal manager evaluation process and to assist local elected officials in the design of an effective evaluation tool. Local government managers and administrators are encouraged to reference and review the handbook with an eye toward working with their elected bodies to develop formal, mutually-agreed upon processes for their own evaluations. Find the handbook here.
How cold is too cold? Tips to protect outdoor workers in the winter
The National Weather Service is warning much of the country about the polar vortex, an arctic air mass that is pushing much of the eastern and central U.S. down to record cold temperatures. During this wave, workers are at increased risk of cold stress. Increased wind speeds can cause the air temperature to feel even colder, further increasing the risk of cold stress of those working outdoors, such as snow cleanup crews, construction workers, postal workers, police officers and firefighters, and more. Learn more about protecting workers here.
They learned – they won!
Through the VMLIP Online University!!
Last November VML Insurance Programs (VMLIP) launched a contest to promote the VMLIP Online University and it’s terrific course offerings! Any member who completed a class with a score of 80 percent or better between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31 they would be entered to win a $20 gift card.
More than 413 qualifying entries were received – increasing the usage of the online university by 195 percent over the same time period in 2012.
“We are extremely pleased with the results of this contest,” said VMLIP Director of Safety Services Beth Rosenthal. “It has provided a chance for many new members to experience the FREE online learning available through this resource, and we hope they will continue to utilize it in the future.”
Find out who won and learn more here.
Law enforcement seminars bring expert to discuss officer-citizen contacts, pretext and profiling issues, and more
Randy Means, director of curriculum development and quality assurance for The Response Network, will be providing five seminars addressing law enforcement liability from November through March. The sessions will be held:
- March 11, 2014-Bristol, Virginia
- March 12, 2014-Radford, Virginia
- March 13, 2014-Salem, Virginia
To learn more and register, visit the VMLIP training calendar.
NLRA covers nonunion employers, too
The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) has the primary purpose of regulating union-management relations. However, nonunion employers must be aware that the NLRA’s provisions apply to all employees. Read the article.
Certificate program to increase safety and health training for public sector employees
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a new certificate program providing employees with safety and health training. The program, Public Sector Safety and Health Fundamentals, will be administered by authorized OSHA Training Institute Centers. The certificate programs will be available in construction and general industry.
Learn more about the program's course descriptions, prerequisites, information and instructions on how to apply here.
Prepare your entity to ensure telecommunications
in the event of an emergency
While the 2013 hurricane season has been milder than most, threats to business continuity don't always come from the Atlantic. As Virginia has seen over the past few years, earthquakes, flooding, derechos, tornadoes, and other localized disasters like fires can also impact a members ability to operate. Learn more about ensuring telecommunications continuity in this blog entry, and check out a video promoting our business continuity services below.