2017 Aspire Awards from NACo & Nationwide – Submissions Due May 26

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and Nationwide Retirement Solutions are excited to launch the 2017 Aspire Awards which honors and recognizes counties for innovative solutions and promoting employee retirement savings. Submissions are due May 26, 2017.

Are you aware that over 350,000 county employees from more than 3,000 county agencies are saving for retirement with the NACo Deferred Compensation program? That’s 350,000 citizens who were given the opportunity to take an active role in planning for their future – 350,000 community members who, in the face of numerous and competing financial demands, took that opportunity, and decided to utilize a trusted program to save. In a day and age when individuals and organizations alike are pushed to do more with less, NACo is eager to recognize the monumental contribution from NACo’s county plan sponsors in marketing this cornerstone program successfully and helping that number of participants reach new heights.

Please review the guidelines here for further information. Please address questions to Carlos Greene at NACo at cgreene@naco.org or 404-263-3656.

Register to Attend CEIWC’s 2017 Free Workers’ Comp Seminars

Register to attend one of Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company’s Workers’ Compensation Seminars. Specialists in safety services, premium audit, claims management along with legal professionals will provide a valuable half-day best practices overview.

Upcoming Seminar Dates:

  • Thursday, April 20 at the Pikesville Double Tree Hotel: Register here
  • Thursday, May 4 at the Easton Tidewater Inn: Register here
  • Thursday, October 5 at the Bowie Comfort Inn Hotel: Register here
  • Thursday, October 12 at the Frederick Holiday Inn and Conference Center: Register here

Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the seminar will go from 9:00 am until 1 pm. Admission is free but online reservations are required. Executive continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

Watch the YouTube video below to see why you should attend a policyholders seminar.

Key Presenters:

  • Elizabeth Torphy-Donzella, Esq., Shawe Rosenthal, LLP
  • Dr. Stephen Fisher, Director of Medical Services, Chesapeake Employers

Topics of the seminars’ informative presentations:

  • Employment Law – Best Practices to Avoid Wage and Hour Claims
  • Top 3 Most Common and Costly Injuries and Steps to Prevent Them
  • Understanding the Premium Audit Process
  • Chesapeake Employers’ Claims & Medical Health Services Team Approach for Better Claims Outcomes & an Improved E-Mod.
  • Chesapeake Employers’ Legal Defense Services Overview
  • Mock Workers’ Compensation Hearing with a Maryland Workers’ Comp. Commissioner

For more information please contact Carolyn Gutermuth at 410-494-2170. CEIWC is a MACo Gold Corporate Partner.

Shop, Reuse, and Reimagine with MACo’s New Bronze Corporate Partner: Savers

MACo is proud to welcome Savers as a new Bronze Corporate Partner!

PrintFor over 60 years, the Savers family of thrift stores has been committed to supporting nonprofit partners in the communities where they operate by purchasing used goods from them to sell in their stores. With their partners, they have learned that donors expect an easy, convenient drop off with personal contact. Savers now has staffed Donation Drop Spot pods throughout Maryland. Just like at their stores, their nonprofit partners are paid for every donation made. In Maryland, their Donation Drop Spot locations support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area, the Lupus Foundation of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake. Because of their partners’ donation programs and their reuse efforts, Savers keeps over 650,000,000 pounds of textiles out of landfills every year.

Learn more at www.savers.com or by calling 425.786.5153.

St. Mary’s County Receives LGIT Training Grant Award

St. Mary’s County government has been awarded a training grant from the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT). The grant of $5,860 will provide Americans with Disabilities (ADA) training to county employees.

LGIT Executive Director Timothy Ailsworth (left) presents LGIT Training Grant $5,860 Award check to Commissioner President Randy Guy, Courtesy of St. Mary's County Public Information Office
LGIT Executive Director Timothy Ailsworth (left) presents LGIT Training Grant $5,860 Award check to Commissioner President Randy Guy, Courtesy of St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

According to the press release,

The grant will cover two 4-hour live training for new hires. Recorded and online presentations will also be available for individuals unable to attend the live training sessions.

Timothy Ailsworth, LGIT Executive Director, presented a check representing the full grant amount to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County at its February 14 business meeting.

ADA One, LLC has been selected to conduct the training based upon the firm’s expertise. Irene Bowen, ADA One President and training presenter, is a noted expert in the field, having served as the Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights Section at the U. S. Department of Justice and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Access Board.

LGIT is a MACo Gold Corporate Partner.

Fun Fact: Did You Know that the First Gas Streetlamp in the Country was Lit in the City of Baltimore?

Question: Did you know that the first gas streetlamp in the country was lit in the City of Baltimore?

Courtesy of Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh
Courtesy of Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh

It’s true! The gas streetlamp was first lit 200 years ago by BGE’s predecessor, the Gas Light Company of Baltimore. Artist Rembrandt Peale first lit up a room in his museum on Holliday Street using a ring of burning gas on June 11, 1816. Eight days later, the mayor signed an ordinance allowing the Gas Light Company of Baltimore to begin lighting the streets. That became a reality on Feb. 7, 1817, when the first gas street lamp was lit at a ceremony on Holliday Street.

Baltimore CitySource: BGE, an Exelon Company

Do you have a fun fact to share about your county? If so, please send it to Kaley Schultze to be featured in MACo’s weekly Fun Fact on Conduit Street.

McGrath Named Maryland Environmental Service Director

Deputy Chief of Staff Roy McGrath has been appointed to serve as Director of the Maryland Environmental Service (MES), a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner.

Roy McGrath, Courtesy of Maryland Manual On-line

From the press release,

The director is appointed by the governor, and serves as the chief executive officer and chairman of a nine member Board of Directors. MES is a self-supporting, non-profit public corporation that provides services to government and private sector clients, including dredged material management, water and wastewater treatment, recycling, hazardous materials cleanup, storm water services, and renewable energy.

“I can think of no one better suited to lead an innovative organization like Maryland Environmental Service than Roy McGrath,” said Governor Hogan. “Roy’s business acumen, deep policy knowledge, and extensive experience in the public and private sectors will deliver tremendous results for Maryland and our great companies and governmental organizations that utilize MES’ services.”

McGrath has served in the Hogan administration since the governor’s inauguration in January 2015, first as the governor’s senior advisor and liaison to the Board of Public Works, and subsequently as deputy chief of staff focusing on state business matters and public safety. As Board of Public Works advisor, among responsibilities, he reviewed hundreds of millions of dollars in environmental projects statewide.

“I am honored and grateful to Governor Hogan for the opportunity to serve in this exciting new role, and I look forward to leading and further strengthening MES at both the governmental and private sector levels,” said McGrath. “It has been a privilege to be part of this administration and the governor’s senior leadership team, and I am committed to continuing to serve the great State of Maryland.”

McGrath takes over for Deputy Director John O’Neill, Jr. who has been serving as Acting Director of MES since the retirement of Jim Harkins in March of 2016.

LGIT Helps After St. Mary’s “Ransomware” Attack

Following a recent cyber attack on St. Mary’s County government, county professionals were aided by the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) in the reaction. LGIT offers its members a no-cost Cyber Insurance Program, reacting to a demand from governments who are all too often targets of cyber threats.

stm-it-quoteCoverage of the cyber attack ran earlier this month in the St. Mary’s County Times, indicating “ten employees… were involved throughout the weekend (after Thanksgiving) and into the following week trying to restore the system.” The county reported that while the cyber attack managed to encrypt certain government computers, systems were successfully restored from backups and “no data was accessed from any of our servers.”

Read the full St. Mary’s County County Times article online.

In correspondence with LGIT, St. Mary’s County representatives noted “In this recent ransomware event, the Adjuster and Privacy Counsel was involved immediately to advise and prepare the appropriate notification required for County Employees and the citizens of St. Mary’s County, whether a regulatory requirement or voluntary notice.”

The County, by virtue of belonging to LGIT for its primary liability coverage, received numerous coverages:

  • A 24-hour data breach hotline
  • Immediate access to engage a privacy attorney to determine legal actions and response
  • Computer forensics
  • Public Relations or crisis communications professionals, if needed
  • Establishing a call center, if needed
  • credit or identity theft monitoring, if needed
  • Enrollment in the coverage also includes many pre-event services including resources, regulatory information, and articles on Cyber Risk.

    LGIT-logo-CLGIT is a member-owned association authorized by state law, wholly owned and managed by its local government members. The Trust’s main purpose is to provide joint self-insurance programs or pools for towns, cities and counties in the State of Maryland. The concept is simple – rather than paying premiums to buy insurance from an insurance company, local governments contribute those premiums into a jointly owned fund. The money in that fund is used to pay for the members’ claims, losses and expenses.

    MACo co-founded LGIT in 1987, and LGIT continues to support MACo as a Gold Corporate Partner.

    CEIWC: Help Stop Opioid Addiction in the Workplace

    MACo Gold Corporate Partner, Chesapeake Employers Insurance, has created a STOPioid Drug Addiction Prevention Message Kit
    for employers.Stop Opioid Addiction

    Overdose deaths caused by prescription opioids continues to grow in Maryland. From January through June 2016, 210 prescription opioid deaths were recorded in Maryland – a 10-percent increase over the first six months of 2015, according to the Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene.

    As Maryland’s largest writer for workers’ compensation insurance, Chesapeake Employers Insurance believes tackling the issue of opioid drug-abuse and addiction is important on all fronts, which includes helping to promote the prevention message in your workplace. We encourage you to start the conversation, educate and make your employees aware of the life-threatening dangers associated with taking prescription opioids.

    CEIWC: Stop Opioid Drug Addiction Prevention Message Kit for the workplace.The kit includes:

    • Prevention awareness posters and flyers
    • Safety articles and tip sheets on The Dangers of Prescription Opioid Medication Abuse
    • Digital graphics for websites and social media.

    The kit can be ordered for free by emailing: publications@ceiwc.com

    For more information visit Chesapeake Employers Insurance Opioid Drug Addiction webpage.

    Get to Know Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company at #MACoCon

    Representatives from Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company (CEIC) will be available to meet with attendees at MACo’s Winter Conference, December 7-9, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

    ceiwcChesapeake Employers has been providing workers’ compensation insurance in Maryland since 1914. Their local presence and unwavering dedication to Maryland counties, municipalities, business owners and their employees have made them what they are today – Maryland’s largest workers’ compensation insurance company.

    CEIWC is a MACo Gold Corporate Partner and an exhibitor at this year’s Winter Conference. Please visit CEIWC at table #6 or on the web at https://ceiwc.com.

    Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

    Learn How the Internet is Essential with Comcast at #MACoCon

    Representatives from Comcast will be available to meet with attendees at MACo’s Winter Conference, December 7-9, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland.

    comcastComcast is the nation’s largest video, high-speed internet and phone provider to residential and business customers under the XFINITY brand.

    Comcast is a MACo Gold Corporate Partner and an exhibitor at this year’s Winter Conference. Please visit Comcast at table #15 or on the web at www.comcast.com.

    Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference: