In This Issue


2017 Risk & Insurance Symposium

Abigail’s Plan

Excellence in Risk Management Award Nominations

Safety Partners Grant Applications

Safety Talks Now Available on Website

The EEOC and Public Entities


Tennessee Trivia

Q. How many professional sports teams call Tennessee their home?

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Message from the President

Dawn
Hello to all!

TML just concluded its 78th Annual Conference and Exhibition, held June 11th — 13th in Murfreesboro. It was great to see so many friends and partners at our booth in the exhibit hall and at Public Entity Partners party!

You may have noticed a booth in the exhibit hall for a company called TN HealthWorks. This is a PE Partner-sponsored program for entities who are, or would like to be, self-insured for their health and prescription program. TN HealthWorks, which is administered by The Jefferson Health Plan, takes the variable cost out of the traditional self-funded platform.

The plan allows each individual member organization's claims experience to be pooled with that of others in order to provide greater stability for all members. The consortium is dedicated to serving the financial needs of your benefit program, while responding to your employees' needs for access to high-quality care.

TN HealthWorks enables eligible employers to offer individually designed benefit programs to their employees, while being able to enjoy the cost-saving advantages of group purchasing through the consortium. Simply put, this health plan design provides a variety of benefits to participating member organizations.

Participating employers may choose to fund any of the following customizable benefit plans:

  • Medical Care Benefits
  • Vision Care Benefits
  • Dental Care Benefits
  • Prescription Drug Benefits
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Voluntary Life Insurance Benefits

Individual employers have the freedom to design the benefit plan (or plans) that best fit their unique needs, and they can alter those plan offerings from time to time as needs change.

Through The Jefferson Health Plan, members gain purchasing power on par with that of much larger organizations by combining with other like employers. Collectively, this purchasing coalition encompasses more than 55,000 lives. This collaborative effort affords member organizations the ability to deliver employer-specific benefit programs at the lowest possible cost.

Please let us know if you would like to talk with us regarding your self-funded health and benefit needs by emailing us at benefits@tnhealthworks.org or by calling me at 800-624-9698.

Finally, as mentioned before, Public Entity Partners will hold its Risk & Insurance Symposium in August. Be sure to read the article on nominations for our Excellence in Risk Management Award and registration for the conference. We hope to see you there!

Best Regards,
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Dawn R. Crawford
President/CEO

2017 Risk & Insurance Symposium

Hotel rooms are going quickly for the 2017 Risk & Insurance Symposium, to be held August 23rd – 25th at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. If you haven’t registered for the event, please visit https://thepool.xmi.events/ to register and obtain hotel information. A detailed agenda and session descriptions are available, including CMFO credits that will be offered for each session.

Don’t forget to sign up for the social event, scheduled for Wednesday evening at Arrington Vineyards. Along with the opportunity to network with their peers, attendees will enjoy dinner catered by Martin’s BBQ, be able to sample some of the award-winning wines produced by Arrington Vineyards, and tour the wine production facilities. You must register for the social event separately from the Symposium. The cost for the social event is $25 per person.

If you have questions about the Symposium or need assistance with your registration, please contact Lindsay Barber at lbarber@xmigrowth.com, or contact your member services representative.

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Abigail’s Plan

For individuals with disabilities, playing on outdoor sports fields and playgrounds can be a challenge. While public facilities and programs are required to be accessible to all individuals through the Americans with Disabilities Act, it continues to be a challenge for families trying to provide their loved ones with the same opportunities and experiences enjoyed by other children. One family in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, took on that challenge and changed the lives of those around them in the process.

Abigail Kidd is a precocious little girl with a can-do attitude. Her parents, Tommy Lee and Lesa, have worked hard to give her every opportunity. Abigail’s Plan was created to raise funds for building a Miracle League baseball field.

Tommy Lee Kidd shared,

“Abigail's Plan was created to raise an initial $350,000 to build a Miracle League baseball field for people of all ages with special needs to play in an organized baseball league. We have people with wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and other walking issues, which present them with mobility issues on the uneven grass and dirt surface of a regular baseball field. Some of our players are in their wheelchairs every waking hour of their lives. These chairs are very expensive, and the caregiver has to spend lots of time after a game cleaning up the chairs. Most of these wheelchairs have brake systems and other intricate parts that are very sensitive to dirt and debris. Regular baseball field dugouts are not wheelchair- or walker-accessible. Our players in wheelchairs or who use walkers have to sit outside the dugouts during the game, instead of enjoying the camaraderie of their teammates. While we can't take disabilities away, Abigail's Plan is striving to create an environment to make the baseball experience as enjoyable as possible for players with special needs. With a rubberized field, our players will have the freedom to play baseball without the obstacles of a regular baseball field.”

Abigail’s Plan is more than a dream. It is now a reality in Lawrenceburg. The city recently agreed to take on the ownership and maintenance of the facility to ensure that it continues to be an asset to the community for many years. To learn more about Abigail’s Plan and the future projects that are planned, please visit http://abigailsplan.org/.


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Excellence in Risk Management Award Nominations

Risk management is more than just a checklist or inspection — it’s everyone’s responsibility, and must come from every department within an entity.

The Excellence in Risk Management Award honors PE Partner members who exemplify excellence, innovation, creativity and commitment to providing quality safety and risk management programs within their entities. This award is designed to recognize entities of all sizes that make use of available resources to creatively implement safety programs. Examples of risk management are found in all operations, from utilizing technology to creating/updating proper documentation and repair orders, or jumpstarting a safety committee. The opportunities are endless.

Excellence in Risk Management Award nominations are due by July 12th. To submit your nomination form, please click here. If you have questions about the award, please reach out to your member services representative.

Wayne Anderson
wanderson@PEpartners.org

Callie Westerfield
cwesterfield@PEpartners.org

Celeste Taylor
ctaylor@PEpartners.org

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Safety Partners Grant Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for Public Entity Partners’s Safety Partners Matching Grant. This grant helps PE Partner members purchase employee safety devices, equipment, and safety education and training that might be cost prohibitive or burdensome, even when the city or agency recognizes the need. Public Entity Partners reimburses up to 50 percent of the cost of the approved item(s), within a maximum limit.

Visit https://www.PEpartners.org/safetygrant/ to view the application and learn more about what items qualify for this grant. Grants are awarded based on eligibility and the order in which applications are received. Submit your application early!

If you have questions about any of the grants that Public Entity Partners offers to members, please visit our grant and scholarship calendar at https://www.PEpartners.org/Pages/grantsandscholarships or contact your regional casualty loss control consultant.

Judy Housley
jhousley@PEpartners.org

Chester Darden
cdarden@PEpartners.org

Paul Chambliss
pchambliss@PEpartners.org

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Safety Talks Now Available on Website

If you haven’t logged into Public Entity Partners’s online portal lately, you should check it out. In addition to viewing claims filing and information, along with various loss control guidelines and resources, members can now access safety talks aimed at providing line employees valuable risk management training in a quick, easy-to-use format. From lockout/tagout training to bloodborne pathogens or confined spaces, check out the safety talk resources to give your employees a refresher on these vital topics.

If you do not have a username for our online portal, please contact your Member Services Representative.

Wayne Anderson
wanderson@PEpartners.org

Callie Westerfield
cwesterfield@PEpartners.org

Celeste Taylor
ctaylor@PEpartners.org

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The EEOC and Public Entities

Lauren Nevens
Midwest Regional Manager
Public Entity
Chicago, IL

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its Charge Statistics that break down the categories of approximately 91,000 charges filed with the EEOC in 2016. The total number of charges involving discrimination increased again. Some of the largest areas of discrimination include the following:1

EEOC Charges by Category (FY 2016):

In an effort to aid employers in preventing discrimination before it takes place, an EEOC Select Task Force released a report detailing recommendations for harassment prevention. A key feature of the study provides employers with a road map for identifying risk factors for harassment that may exist in their environment. The risk factors were identified by investigators, diversity leaders and human resource personnel as well as academic research.2

They include:

  • Homogenous workforces
  • Workplaces where some workers do not conform to workplace norms
  • Cultural and language differences in the workplace
  • Coarsened social discourse outside the workplace
  • Workforces with many young workers
  • Workplaces with “high value” employees
  • Workplaces with significant power disparities
  • Workplaces that rely on customer service or client satisfaction
  • Workplaces where work is monotonous or consists of low intensity tasks
  • Isolated workspaces
  • Workplace cultures that tolerate or encourage alcohol consumption
  • Decentralized workplaces

It is important to look at these risk factors as a starting point for a discussion on how to avoid other claims beyond EEOC Title VII charges. For example, a discussion about the risk factor of “workplaces where some workers do not conform to workplace norms” can lead to a discussion about an LGBTQ employee or a transgender student regarding access to a bathroom. The EEOC included detailed information in 2016 statistics that show that charges filed by LGBTQ individuals have steadily increased, as have the monetary benefits awarded.

A discussion about “cultural and language differences in the workplace” can lead to a discussion about tolerance of religion differences. Keeping these risk factors at the forefront of your thinking can help your zoning board or school board anticipate issues and avoid controversy — otherwise, your decisions could be influenced in part by a group seeking access to school facilities or a zoning change.

Endnote
1. eeoc.gov. Because individuals often file charges claiming multiple types of discrimination, the number of total charges for any given fiscal year will be less than the total of the 10 types of discrimination listed.
2. https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/task_force/harassment/report.cfm

The material contained in this publication has been prepared solely for informational purposes by Genesis Management and Insurance Services Corporation.


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Tennessee Trivia

Q: How many professional sports teams call Tennessee their home?

A. Three professional sports teams call Tennessee their home: the Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), Tennessee Titans (NFL) and Nashville Predators (NHL).