2014 NLC-RISC Staff Conference

  • Date: October 20, 2014 - October 22, 2014
  • Location: St. Paul, MN
  • Category: RISC Conference


The NLC-RISC Staff Conference provides staff of state municipal league-sponsored risk pools with the opportunity to learn about trends, programs, services and best practices in a variety of coverage lines and functional areas, and offers a great opportunity to network with pool staff from across the country ~ all in a non-competitive, collaborative environment!

A full schedule of conference events and session details will be available soon.

Cancellation Policy:
Before September 28, 2015: $50 processing fee
September 29-October 12, 2015: $100 cancellation fee
After October 12, 2015: Forfeiture of the entire fee




Sunday, October 19, 2014

  • 4:00 pm

Monday, October 20, 2014

  • 8:00 am

  • 9:00 am
    New Pool Staff Orientation (Show details)

    An introduction for newer staff to important concepts, functions, and focus in local government risk pooling. This session explores the origins of pooling, various coverages provided by pools, the benefits of pool membership compared to the commercial market, underwriting approaches, and other operational issues. A panel of experienced pool staff will discuss the different pool structures and approaches, including different delivery service models, managing competition, capital structures, decision-making considerations, and core functions within their pool.

  • 10:00 am
    Online Training: Enhancing Training Opportunities for Your Members (Show details)

    This session will explore the types of online training courses pools offer, how pools are marketing online training to their members to maximize success of the program, and what they are considering for the future. Learn about potential collaborative opportunities to develop online training courses for your members. Come prepared to share your online training successes, challenges, ideas and information with colleagues from across the country.

  • 10:00 am
    NetDiligence Interest & User Group Meeting (Show details)

    This session will provide an update on NLC-RISC’s partnership with NetDiligence for current and potential users. Learn about the tools and resources available, and how pools are using NetDiligence to help their members navigate cyber and data breach exposures.

  • 11:30 am
    Lunch On Your Own

  • 12:30 pm
    Meet & Greet (Show details)

    Join old and new friends for a light snack to start the conference.

  • 1:00 pm
    The Impact of Climate Change on Communities and Their Insurers (Show details)

    Join Michael Gerrard, a professor at Columbia Law School specializing in climate change law,
    and Cynthia McHale, director of the insurance program at CERES, a nonprofit organization
    that advocates for leadership in sustainability, for this opening general session. Hear about
    claims arising from climate change that may be made against cities and their insurers, and how
    the industry is responding to the challenge.

  • 2:30 pm
    Pool Approaches to Covering Special Exposures (Show details)

    Learn how the industry and other RISC member pools cover several challenging exposures, including unmanned aviation systems (drones), volunteers, fellow employee liability, and more. Representatives from four pools will share the policy reasons behind their varied approaches to these interesting exposures, and audience members will have an opportunity to share their approaches and concerns.

  • 2:30 pm
    Interactive Discussion: Deep Dive Into Work Comp Issues & Trends (Show details)

    There are several current and emerging issues affecting workers’ compensation programs. Join industry expert, Mark Walls, and your pooling colleagues for this highly interactive discussion to explore the key challenges and emerging issues facing work comp. Bring your questions and share strategies your pool is using to address the challenges in your state.

  • 2:30 pm
    Employment Liability Trends: ABC’s of the ADA and EEOC (Show details)

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) continues to challenge municipal employers from both a practical and legal standpoint.  Hear from an experienced pool labor attorney and league human resources manager on the key legal requirements and problem areas triggering claims and litigation for pool members. Learn the latest from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's enforcement and guidance regarding the ADA. What are best practices for holding "interactive discussions" that meet the requirements of the ADA, and what emerging trends impact reasonable accommodation and leave of absence? Leave with sample materials that you can take back and use with your members. 

  • 4:00 pm
    Breaking Down the Silos: Integrating Health Promotion and Work Comp to Maximize Member Health & Wellness (Show details)

    As the Affordable Care Act pushes employers to look closely at their total health care spending, an opportunity exits for pools and their members to take a more comprehensive approach to employee health and wellness. What are the benefits of integrating health promotion and occupational safety programs? What strategies might pools consider to help members break down the silos and look at the overall health and wellness of their employee population in a different way, regardless of whether illness or injuries are driven by occupational or non-occupational factors?

  • 4:00 pm
    Setting precedent – How one pool fought for its members all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court (Show details)

    This session will involve a discussion by Counsel of Record in the case of Plumhoff v. Rickard, USSC (2014), Michael Mosley, and the executive director of the pool, Don Zimmerman. Mosley and Zimmerman will discuss the Court’s ruling, the history of the litigation, how the decision was made to petition the U.S. Supreme Court, why the Arkansas Municipal Legal Defense Fund decided to prosecute the appeal to the Supreme Court in-house, and important take-aways from the experience. 

  • 4:00 pm
    Protecting City Interests in Construction Contracts (Show details)

    Review the standard construction contract forms.  Learn about changes that were made to the AIA A201 – General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, by the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Construction Contract Drafting Initiative, to protect the interest of construction project owners.  Gain a better understanding of liability and indemnification issues, as well as practical tips on developing insurance requirements.  Review the new ISO additional insured endorsements and how they can affect contracts.

  • 5:00 pm
    Welcome Reception (Show details)

    Join us immediately following the afternoon sessions for cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres.
    Registered guests are invited ~ badges required.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

  • 7:30 am
    Breakfast Buffet (Show details)

    Registered guests are invited ~ badges required. Tables will be set in the foyer for those not
    attending the think tank sessions.

  • 7:30 am

  • 8:00 am
    Think Tank Sessions

  • 10:30 am
    Messaging the Value of Pooling (Show details)

    This session will provide an overview of the PR toolkit on the value of pooling, developed in coordination with AGRiP and CAJPA. This session will include a primer on communication and public relations strategies and how pools can use the toolkit to develop their own messages. Follow-up sessions will dive into the toolkit in more detail and allow pools to work together to further develop and enhance these messages. 

  • 11:30 am
    NLC-RISC Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting (Show details)

    Registered guests are invited ~ badges required.

  • 1:15 pm
    Managing Public Entity Cyber Risk Exposures (Show details)

    Join an attorney who has served as a breach coach for members of the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust to explore the types of cyber events that commonly affect small entities, how they are being addressed, the level of associated losses, and how HIPAA and Payment Card Industry requirements affect cities and their pools. Hear from the Chief Information Officer for the North Carolina Interlocal Risk Management Agency about the pool’s programs to address cyber exposures, both for its members and within its own operations. 

  • 1:15 pm
    “RISCing” the PR Toolkit: Developing key messages for RISC member pools (Show details)

    Building on the PR toolkit, explore messaging and communications strategies pools have used to tell their story. Learn how one pool used the PR toolkit to develop key messages for their organization and how they plan to use it going forward.

  • 1:15 pm
    Labor Relations and the Affordable Care Act (Show details)

    The Excise Tax (a.k.a. Cadillac Tax) is the next significant requirement for employers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Despite a 2018 effective date, there are many considerations employers must start to think through now, especially if they have labor contracts. Join our expert labor-relations attorney to explore common contract provisions that may be problematic for public sector employers and discuss best practices that can help protect your members from unfair labor practices. This session is a must attend for any pool that is helping their members navigate the complexities of the ACA – whether you have a health pool or not.

  • 2:45 pm
    Estimating the Risk Costs of Police Fatigue (Show details)

    Fatigue resulting from shift work, long work hours and overtime is pervasive in policing. It also substantially degrades officer safety, performance and health in ways that increase the day-to-day probabilities of accidents, injuries and errors as well as the longer-term risks of mortality and morbidity. This session will introduce the nature of fatigue-related risks, their causes and prevalence, and what a comprehensive fatigue management program entails. We will then discuss what evidence is needed to both assess the risk costs of police fatigue and evaluate the impact of different approaches to fatigue management, as well as identify stakeholders willing to work on this problem.

  • 2:45 pm
    “RISCing” the PR Toolkit: Developing key messages for RISC member pools (continued) (Show details)

    Using the PR toolkit and strategies provided in the previous sessions, attendees will have a chance to further develop and hone key messages based on various scenarios facing pools. By the end of this session, attendees will leave with samples of key messages that can be further discussed and customized with colleagues back home.

  • 2:45 pm
    Financial Management Strategies for Pools (Show details)

    Join our panel for a discussion of some different approaches, tools and resources pools use to assess the overall financial health of their organization.  Hear from three pool managers about the tools and measures they focus on in monitoring and managing their pools’ finances.  This session will also explore the key findings of the latest NLC-RISC Financial Ratio Benchmarking project and how pools use this benchmarking data in their decision-making.  

  • 4:00 pm
    Evening On Your Own

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

  • 7:30 am
    Pool Administrator Breakfast (Show details)

    This session is for pool administrators only. A breakfast buffet will be served in the meeting room.

  • 7:30 am

  • 7:30 am
    Networking Breakfast (Show details)

    Registered guests invited ~ badges required.

  • 9:15 am
    Blue Zones: 9 Key Principles for Leading Healthy and Productive Lives (Show details)

    Join Dave Tsang of Blue Zones as he explores the shared traits of the world's longest-lived people. The Power 9 principles derived from studying these communities can help us promote change in our own personal and work environments and in the communities we serve. Mr. Tsang is a leading expert in effecting corporate change and a passionate advocate for the Power 9 principles. Attendees will learn the benefits of adopting the Power 9 principles and leave with practical ideas for changes that will make healthy choices the easiest choices.

  • 10:45 am
    Process Improvement in Pooling (Show details)

    As pools have matured, many have become engrained in their processes. Is the way we've always done it, the best way? This session will explore how you think about the work you do and how to look at your process differently. What questions should you consider and how can you avoid the system drag that can blow up your processes as you consider changes in your organization.

  • 10:45 am
    Emerging Legal Trend: Wrongful Incarceration and Police Liability (Show details)

    This session will explore two emerging police liability issues: wrongful incarceration and the militarization of police. What happens when a court vacates a criminal conviction and releases a prisoner who has been incarcerated for years, or even decades? What are the implications of preparing police to combat well-armed and ruthless criminals and terrorists? How does this preparation, and the resulting mindset, affect police response when dealing with citizen unrest, as recently highlighted in Ferguson, Missouri? What types of liability, damage and coverage issues come into play when there are allegations of police error, malfeasance or abuse? This session will explore issues including immunity, evidence, statute of limitations, coverage, as well as loss control strategies to minimize these exposures in the future.

  • 12:00 pm
    Lunch Buffet (Show details)

    Registered guests invited ~ badges required.

  • 1:15 pm
    Data Analytics and Other Work Comp Claim Resolution Strategies (Show details)

    This session will explore special strategies, including data analytics, commercial carriers are using to better identify, manage and resolve problematic claims. Discuss the challenges inherent in workers' compensation claims and considerations pools should think about as they evaluate similar strategies within their own programs.

  • 1:15 pm
    Strategic Planning for Your Pool (Show details)

    This session will explore the importance of strategic planning in your organization. Learn one pool’s approach using scenario-based exercises to help inform possible strategic planning outcomes. Come prepared to share your pool’s experiences. 

  • 2:45 pm
    Leadership Development for Emerging Pool Leaders (Show details)

    A session geared toward mid and upper level managers in pools, and others who may see an executive leadership role in their future.  Learn how pooling has changed and the essential skill sets, education, experience and tools needed to be a successful pool manager in today’s environment. Hear from both experienced and relatively new pool administrators with varying backgrounds and how they moved into their positions. What have they learned from their experience and what would they do differently?

  • 2:45 pm
    Technology Round Robin (Show details)

    Learn how pools are using technology to enhance their services and/or business processes. Some of the technologies to be explored include:

    • Online policy renewal
    • Mobile applications
    • Custom developed claim systems
    • Customer Relationship Management systems
    • Member portals
    Attendees will receive an overview of each new technology and then an opportunity to engage with the pools directly in more detailed small group discussions.

  • 5:00 pm
    Closing Reception ~ Riverboat Cruise on the Mississippi (Show details)

    Join us for a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River. Pre-boarding starts at 4:30 pm. While the landing is only about a one-mile walk, we will have buses available to transport attendees and guests both to the boat and back to the hotel after the cruise. Heavy appetizers, cocktails and entertainment will be provided.


The Saint Paul Hotel
St Paul, MN

The Saint Paul Hotel is known for its old-world charm and European inspired elegance, and accommodates the most discerning business and leisure travelers every day. Their superb location, premier services, style and sophistication make The Saint Paul Hotel one of the Midwest’s finest lodging experiences.

Room Rates: $169 per night (plus applicable taxes and fees)

Group rates honored three (3) days before Group arrival and three (3) days after Group departure based on availability.

Deadline for hotel reservations: On or before Friday, September 26, 2014

Note: Cancellations must be made by 4:00 pm 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid no-show charges.

Check-in: 4:00 pm; Check-out: 12:00 pm

Make your reservations:
Online:  Book your room  and (select Group/Block under Special Rates and enter 141018NATI to receive the group rate)
Call: 800-292-9292 and reference the National League of Cities

Book your room


The presenter list for this event is not yet available.