In This Issue​​

OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Update

Member Workshops 2015: Guiding Your Municipal Risk Management Program

Risk Management for Public Entities Course (RMPE Certification)

Member Comments

Trivia  Did You Know?

What Knoxville boxer won the title of WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1979?

Click here for the answer.


Message from the President 
The Winter Storm of 2015 has touched all parts of Tennessee. From freezing rain to sleet to snow, we have experienced the worst weather our state has seen in several years. With sub-zero temperatures adding insult to injury, February has not been very much fun. Many public safety resources have been stretched to the max and, as of this writing, 30 Tennessee residents have lost their lives due primarily to accidents or hypothermia as a result of these extreme weather conditions.
Public works employees have been working overtime to keep the roads treated and cleared and repair water line breaks. Electric departments have been laboring around the clock to restore service for thousands of customers. Many other municipal employees have been working hard to keep other essential services going in these difficult conditions. I want to personally thank each of you for your hard work and dedication!
As temperatures return to normal and the snow and ice melt, we would like to invite you to two educational training opportunities. The first is our annual member workshops, which provide a wealth of valuable information on a variety of topics. The second is a seven-week course on Risk Management for Public Entities (RMPE). Successful exam scores will result in RMPE Certification. Information on both of these great opportunities is included below.
As we usually announce in this newsletter, Public Entity Partners Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting this month. During this meeting, the board unanimously voted for the following measures:
·         There will be no base rate changes for the upcoming 2015-2016 fund year policies.
·         A $2,500,000 dividend was declared for eligible 2015-2016 effective policies.
Distribution of the dividend will be as follows:
o   Workers’ Compensation  $    1,167,600
o   Liability                                $    1,129,200
o   Property                              $       203,200
Best Regards,

Dawn R. Crawford, President

OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Update 

Employers are required by law to report all workplace fatalities or catastrophes (three or more employees hospitalized from one incident) within eight hours of occurrence.

Effective Feb. 24, 2015, key changes to the recordkeeping rule will be implemented: The rule expands the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report to OSHA. The revised rule retains the current requirement to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours, and adds the requirement to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours to OSHA. The final rule will also improve access to information about workplace safety and health for employers, employees, researchers and the public, and will increase their ability to identify and abate serious hazards.

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Public Entity Partners is once again sponsoring regional workshops for its members in March, April and May 2015, entitled “Member Workshops 2015: Guiding Your Municipal Risk Management Program.”

Topics presented at the workshop will include:
·         Community Engagement & Dealing with the Public
·         Contracts
·         Coverage and Rates for 2015/2016
·         Critical Coverage Elements
·         Cyber Exposure
·         Financial Controls As They Relate to Employee Dishonesty and Financial Loss
·         Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act and Negligence
·         Workers’ Compensation Reform and Its Impact on Current Claims
Representatives from Loss Control, Underwriting and Member Services will be available to answer questions. Since risk management is everyone’s responsibility, your entity’s administrative staff, elected officials, department heads, supervisors and insurance agent are all encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided.
Workshop times and dates are as follows:
            March 10: Shelbyville                Shelbyville Recreation Center
220 Tuliptree Road
9:00 AM – 1:15 PM 
March 11: Goodlettsville         Goodlettsville Public Library
205 Rivergate Parkway
10:00 AM – 2:15 PM [Please note the different time]
March 12: Cookeville               Cookeville – Leslie Town Centre
1 West 1st Street
9:00 AM – 1:15 PM 
April 7: Martin                           First State Bank
106 University Street
9:00 AM – 1:15 PM 
April 8: Medina                         Medina City Hall
201 Highway 45 E. North
9:00 AM – 1:15 PM 
April 9: Bartlett                         Bartlett Station Municipal Center (Community Room A)
5868 Stage Road
9:00 AM – 1:15 PM 
May 19: Collegedale                Collegedale City Hall
4910 Swinyar Drive
9:00 AM – 1:15 PM 
May 20: Alcoa                           City of Alcoa, Service Center
725 Universal Street
                                                                  9:00 AM – 1:15 PM 

May 21: Kingsport                    Kingsport - V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex, Douglas Room
301 Louis Street
9:00 AM – 1:15 PM 
Register for the workshop online by visiting
Please register at least three days prior to the date of the respective workshop you wish to attend.




Risk Management for Public Entities Course (RMPE Certification)

Public Entity Partners’s training and education program is hosting a seven-week course for members interested in completing the Risk Management for Public Entities professional certification.  

Course topics include:
        What’s special about public entity risk management;
        Public sector risk management administration;
        Exposure identification and analysis for public entities;
        Distinctive liability exposures of public entities;
        Public entity risk control;
        Claim and litigation management for public entities;
        Planning risk financing sources for public entities;
        Pooling for public entity risk financing; and
        Establishing public entity risk management programs.
Hosted at Public Entity Partners’s central office in Brentwood, the program will consist of an online tutorial covering two chapters, every two weeks, as well as discussion facilitated by PE Partner staff members. Participants should expect each session to last between two and three hours.
The cost for study materials and textbooks will be covered through Public Entity Partners’s scholarship program. Individuals who register for the program will be responsible for the exam fee through The Institutes ($70). The Institutes is the industry leader in evolving professional development needs of the risk management and insurance community.
Course Schedule:
March 27 – Chapters 1, 2
April 10 – Chapters 3, 4
April 24 – Chapters 5, 6
May 8 – Chapter 7, 8
May 22 – Chapters 9, 10
May 29 – Review/Study Session
June 5 – RMPE Test
June 12 – RMPE Make-up Test
For questions or to register for the program, please contact:
Michael Fann                                      Halie Gallik          
800.624.9698                                      800.624.9698


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Member Comments 

"I was assigned to work with FEMA after the tornadoes came through here in 2011, and I can attest to the fact that if they had hit the downtown district instead of rural areas, we would have been — and continue to be — quite unprepared. Looking through Agility, there are numerous issues that we would assign to various employees who, in fact, would be in the middle of the emergency themselves. These would now fall to the care of Agility, and that, in my opinion, is priceless."
                — Kim Spence
                     City of Cleveland





Trivia — Did You Know?

What Knoxville boxer won the title of WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1979?
Answer: Big John Tate