With tragedies striking almost daily, it is important to think about how your community would respond. Who would help you manage a major disaster? How could something of that magnitude affect your entity’s bottom line? What insurance policies, protocols, and plans will you need to respond effectively? For risk management professionals, these are pertinent questions on how their public entity would react in the event of a crisis.
Local governments often benefit from private and public partnerships formed around special projects and routine services. For example, public entities often work with national organizations such as the Nature Conservancy or a local conservation trust to obtain land for parks or nature preserves. Additionally, many local governments entrust the operations of wastewater treatment and refuse collection to private sector service providers.
Marijuana is one of the hottest topics being discussed today. Currently, 24 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in some form and four states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. However, due to these changes in legislation in many states, employers are left feeling hazy. Often, employers are unclear about whether they can still enforce a drug-free environment. That answer depends on where you live.