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York County Promotes Distracted Driving




York County Promotes Distracted Driving

The York County Safety Committee is recognizing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month using a wrecked vehicle and a "One Text or Call Could Wreck It All" banner to remind employees about the dangers of distracted driving. This display will be located at their vehicle maintenance/operations fuel pumps throughout April, an area frequently visited by many employees.


See more photos and let us know what your entity is doing to promote distracted driving awareness on our Facebook page.


Financial strength and rate stability

It’s renewal season at VML Insurance Programs (VMLIP) – and also budget season for members. While many line items on a budget may fluctuate from year to year, VMLIP’s rates have remained stable over the past five years. Learn more about how financial strength, members' equity, and more are used to keep rates stable despite loss volatility and changes in the reinsurance markets on the VMLIP blog. While there, sign up to receive the blog via e-mail, or through an RSS feed.


Promoting the culture of ethics in the workplace

Every day we make thousands of decisions. As government employees, the decisions made may seem simple – but in fact they may pose an ethical dilemma. A keen understanding of ethical principles, ongoing training, and a code of ethics are key tools for VML Insurance Programs’ member entities to consider in establishing a culture of ethics in the workplace. Read more about VMLIP's resources for members in this blog post.



Where the Rubber Meets the Road









VML Insurance Programs recognizes
44 members for success in WTRMTR campaign

Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of occupational fatalities and the leading cause of death for those aged two to 39 and 50 to 72. Defensive driving courses are key toward providing strategies to reduce collision-related injuries, fatalities and costs.VML Insurance Programs (VMLIP), the first and largest group self-insurance pool in the Commonwealth of Virginia, recognized 44 local governmental entities for their efforts at promoting defensive driving at a banquet on February 27. Read more.

Having trouble reaching 100 percent on the RMG?








Having trouble reaching 100 percent on the RMG?

Changes instituted last year require updates to your RMG assessment annually in order to receive a 100 percent score. Additionally, many older responses to questions will reset at the end of each policy year, and several questions require dates to be entered in order for them to remain valid. If your entity is having trouble reaching the 100 percent goal, remember that VML Insurance Programs (VMLIP) safety consultants are available to provide personalized assistance and guidance. Contact them at: 1 800-963-6800 (Toll Free). Remember that scoring 100 percent could earn your entity a 5 percent credit on your annual premium. Don’t delay - make sure your RMG is up to date today.


Save the date for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held this year on Friday, May 16 at The Place at Innsbrook. Look out for more information including agenda items in the future.

ICMA Manager Evaluations Handbook

A new ICMA handbook is available to assist local elected officials in formally evaluating managers. The complimentary handbook is intended to highlight the value of a formal manager evaluation process and to assist local elected officials in the design of an effective evaluation tool. Local government managers and administrators are encouraged to reference and review the handbook with an eye toward working with their elected bodies to develop formal, mutually-agreed upon processes for their own evaluations. Find the handbook here.


Law enforcement seminars bring expert to discuss officer-citizen contacts, pretext and profiling issues, and more

Randy Means, director of curriculum development and quality assurance for The Response Network, will be providing five seminars addressing law enforcement liability from November through March. The sessions will be held:

  • March 11, 2014-Bristol, Virginia
  • March 12, 2014-Radford, Virginia
  • March 13, 2014-Salem, Virginia


To learn more and register, visit the VMLIP training calendar.


NLRA covers nonunion employers, too

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) has the primary purpose of regulating union-management relations. However, nonunion employers must be aware that the NLRA’s provisions apply to all employees. Read the article.













Certificate program to increase safety and health training for public sector employees

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a new certificate program providing employees with safety and health training. The program, Public Sector Safety and Health Fundamentals, will be administered by authorized OSHA Training Institute Centers. The certificate programs will be available in construction and general industry.

Learn more about the program's course descriptions, prerequisites, information and instructions on how to apply here.