How to Keep Your Organization's Information Safe and Secure

How to Keep Your Organization's Information Safe and Secure() Over the past several years, entities have transitioned more and more of their operations to online environments and migrated their documents into cloud storage, allowing greater mobility and accessibility for employees. These benefits have proved critical during the pandemic because they enable employees to work remotely with little to no interruption, but they also present new security challenges.

Posted 4/15/21 (Thu)read more...

Preparing Your Amenities or Facilities for Spring

Preparing Your Amenities or Facilities for Spring() As we prepare for warmer spring and summer temperatures, and the likelihood that even more people will be heading outside, it’s important your local government entity ensures the continued safety of your employees and the public who use your amenities or facilities.

Posted 3/25/21 (Thu)read more...

Electrical Fire Safety

() Every day, when we plug in our phones to their chargers or turn on our computers at the office, we rarely, if ever, think about the path electricity took to provide power to our devices and electronics, let alone if every juncture along the way is safe. 

Posted 3/16/21 (Tue)read more...

Progress Update: The NDIRF’s Administration of the NDFT

Progress Update: The NDIRF’s Administration of the NDFT() The NDIRF has administered the North Dakota Fire & Tornado Fund (NDFT) since June 2019. This Fund provides property coverage for state and local government entities, allowing the NDIRF to further serve you.

Posted 3/10/21 (Wed)read more...

Member Feature: Williams County

Member Feature: Williams County() In 2010, Williams County employed 140 full-time workers. Then the oil boom struck. Over the next six years, the county nearly doubled its full-time workforce to meet the needs of its community’s swelling population, a task that required it to recruit, hire, and train new employees at an unprecedented rate as well as retain existing employees.

Posted 3/02/21 (Tue)read more...

January 2021 Edition: Top Five Most Popular LocalGovU Courses

() Our first 2021 edition of this LocalGovU update includes SIX of the most popular courses taken in January because there was a three-way tie for the last spot in our top-five list. What this news means for you is that there is an additional course you get to learn about and maybe even put on your list as one to take in the future.

Posted 2/23/21 (Tue)read more...

Simple Ways to Reduce Slips, Trips, and Falls

Simple Ways to Reduce Slips, Trips, and Falls() Each year thousands of people are injured, some seriously, due to slips, trips, or falls. To help reduce these types of injuries at your organization, here are some precautions you can take.

Posted 2/17/21 (Wed)read more...

What is New Employee Onboarding?

() Employee onboarding is the process of integrating and helping new employees learn about the organization, its structure, and its vision, mission and values, as well as providing them the information, tools, and training needed to become a productive member of the team.

Posted 2/02/21 (Tue)read more...

Online Resources: How to Submit a Claim

() As we’ve expanded our coverage administration to further serve our membership, including the administration of the North Dakota Fire & Tornado Fund (NDFT), which provides property coverage, and the State Bonding Fund, which provides employee fidelity risk coverage, we understand the importance of providing you with clear instruction regarding how to submit a claim.

Posted 1/14/21 (Thu)read more...

The "Right to Work" for a Political Subdivision in an "At-Will" State

() You have probably heard that North Dakota is a “right to work” state. You have probably also heard that North Dakota is an “at-will employment” state. Both of these terms are commonly used, but also commonly misunderstood.

Posted 1/12/21 (Tue)read more...

DDC Courses Now Offered Online

() We’re excited to announce Defensive Driving Courses (DDC) are now available online through our partnership with the National Safety Council.

Posted 1/06/21 (Wed)read more...

Keep Your Inbox Safe with these Email Security Tips

() As the frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks grow, it’s important your employees understand some simple things they can do to help protect your entity from an email cyber attack.

Posted 1/04/21 (Mon)read more...

NDPHIT Update and FAQ

NDPHIT Update and FAQ() We shared the following North Dakota Public Health Insurance Trust (NDPHIT) update in our Summer Participator to inform members who expressed interest in participating in NDPHIT about when they can expect to receive pricing information. Additionally, this update informed members who may be interested in participating in NDPHIT in the future about how they can contact Hays Companies directly or the NDIRF at NDPHIT@ndirf.com.

Posted 7/21/20 (Tue)read more...

LocalGovU features Computer Security Basics

() Whether your organization is preparing to resume its operations in the office while following ND Response and CDC guidelines or continue remote working conditions, it's important your employees understand how to protect their personal and professional information as well as your organization's information while they're connected to your organization's network.

Posted 6/15/20 (Mon)read more...

April 2020 Edition: Top five most popular LocalGovU courses

() We recently tabulated the results from the number of LocalGovU courses taken by NDIRF members in April 2020, discovering the following to be the top five most popular courses taken. The course names and descriptions are written as provided in LocalGovU.

Posted 5/27/20 (Wed)read more...

NDIRF recommendations for continuing or reopening operations, programs, and/or facilities during COVID-19

() To reduce the possible liability ramifications of continuing or reopening your operations, programs, and facilities, the NDIRF recommends you follow the guidelines provided by ND Response and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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NDPHIT Program Overview presentation slides

() In collaboration with Hays Companies, the NDIRF hosted NDPHIT Program Overview webinars April 22-23. Check out this post to view slides from the webinar presentation!

Posted 4/28/20 (Tue)read more...

Common items found in sewers that shouldn't be

() As the use of sanitary wipes and disposable gloves continues to rise amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, so have stories about these products being introduced (i.e. put down the drain, flushed down the toilet, etc.) into sewer systems and causing backups and clogs. In our Spring Participator, NDIRF Director of Member Services Corey Olson shared some of the most common culprits of sewer backups - in addition to sanitary wipes and disposable gloves - that you should keep out of your pipes to reduce the chance a sewer backup occurs on your property.

Posted 4/21/20 (Tue)read more...

The impact of COVID-19 on health insurance, Part II

() Leveraging its health insurance industry expertise, Hays Companies shared information about its upcoming webinars in which its employees help explain COVID-19’s financial impact on health insurance. Hays Companies will host a second webinar (Part II) this Thursday, April 16, to go into further detail on this discussion.

Posted 4/14/20 (Tue)read more...

The impact of COVID-19 on health insurance

() The NDIRF has recently partnered with the Southeast Education Cooperative (SEEC) to create the North Dakota Public Health Insurance Trust (NDPHIT). The primary function of NDPHIT is to provide local governments with group health insurance and other benefit programs and services within the scope of a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) trust.

Posted 4/09/20 (Thu)read more...