MCWCF issues $11,206 to county agencies for employee safety purchases

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) has issued grants totaling $11,206 to agencies providing services in five counties to help reduce employee accidents and injuries, the fund announced June 3 at a virtual meeting of its Board of Trustees.

These sums are part of the MCWCF’s Loss Prevention Grants Program, started in 2014. With this first round of grants in 2020, the fund has issued more than $230,000 over the course of the program so far.

RECIPIENTAmountProject
Arenac County$495.45Ergonomic work station
Isabella County Transportation$2,656.00Heated sidewalk mats
Huron-Clinton Metroparks$4,900.00Ergonomic work stations
Presque Isle County$3,155.00Ergonomic equipment
TOTAL GRANTS$11,206.45 

“The latest round of grants reflects the changing nature of the county workplace,” said Timothy K. McGuire, administrator, “as ergonomic chairs and desks become a prime way for our members to avoid employee injuries and higher medical bills.”

Also announced at the June session was the addition of two new members of the fund: the Ferndale Housing Commission and the Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police Department. The additions raise the fund’s membership list to 82 entities.

The fund was created in 1979 by the Michigan Association of Counties. Its members include counties, medical care facilities, housing commissions, transit agencies, villages, mental health authorities and other specialty county or multi-county endeavors.

In late 2019, the fund issued premium dividends of $3.1 million to members. These dividends reflect remitted premium payments in excess of the fund’s needs.

MAC Members and Returning to Work

As we come to the potential end of this COVID-19 Stay at Home Orders in the next couple of weeks (or at least lifting some of the current orders) here are a few things we can pass along to our Members if you all wish to do so:

Here is some information from the CDC for Returning to the workplace:

Workplace Assessment:

  • During this shelter-in-place time period, conducting workplace research will provide valuable perspective on your working from home employees that could inform future remote working policies.
  • Formulating the questions to investigate will drive the research methods, which could include surveys, virtual focus groups, interviews or ethnographic studies such as photography, video and journaling.
  • Gathering this information while employees are still “in situ” at home is essential for validity.

Communications & Training:

  • The level of organizational communications prevalent during the work from home period will be maintained after employees are allowed back into the office.
  • Openly advertising protocols for visitors, social distancing and housekeeping will establish a sense of trust that employees’ health and safety are top priorities.
  • Things will be different around the office and campus post COVID-19, and a robust training and change communications program will establish the “new normal.”
  • Examples of change management techniques include establishing back-to-the-office change champions, tours and instructions for using the office space, if it has been newly re-configured for social distancing, and a variety of change communications documents, such as “Frequently Asked Questions postings” and “Stay-Safe Etiquettes guides.” (area that all of our Members may want to think about writing procedures we can help)

Safety Protocols:

Safety protocols can be adapted in various ways. 

  • Screening procedures for employees, visitors and contractors may use the Infrared Fever Scan Systems (IFss) or other health assessment measures. (these run between $50.00 to $200.00 each)
  • Staggered work times/days, or 4-day work weeks can reduce the number of employees in the office at the same time.
  • Lunch and break times can be scheduled or lengthened to minimize occupant loads.
  • In addition to social distancing and capping group sizes, centralizing trash and recycling bins with frequent disposal can slow disease transmission.
  • A clean desk policy devoid of employee memorabilia will enable the night-time cleaning crew to thoroughly clean all desks.
  • In addition to the conventional hands-free faucets, and soap and paper towel dispensers, no touch options can be considered for doors, badge readers and garbage/recycling bins.
  • The increased use of virtual digital assistants for enterprise applications is another consideration.
  • Employees may choose to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when returning to the workplace to protect the transmission of germs through contact and droplet routes.
  • PPEs include face masks, gloves and potentially goggles.
  • Organizations may also make these available to employees for personal use outside the office as an additional level of protection.

NEWS (2/27/2020): Livingston County commissioner appointed to MCWCF Board of Trustees

LANSING, Mich. — Carol Griffith, chair of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF). Griffiths was selected for the post by her Livingston colleagues and replaces Donald Parker, who resigned from the MCWCF and Livingston boards.

Griffith represents District 7, which includes all of Genoa Township, and his held her seat since January 2009. Griffith is a full time Realtor in her community and has held numerous leadership positions with the local, state, and national associations of Realtors.

As an MCWCF trustee, Griffiths will be responsible for overseeing a fund more than $30 million in assets serving 81 public entities from Gogebic County to Monroe County.

“We are pleased to welcome Carol to the Board of Trustees and are confident that her extensive experience in county government and business will aid us in our work,” said Douglas Johnson, MCWCF Board president and a commissioner for Otsego County.

The MCWCF, a nonprofit, member-owned pool begun in 1979 by the Michigan Association of Counties, has 81 members that include county governments, medical care facilities, housing commissions, road commissions, transport authorities, community mental health agencies and villages.

The MCWCF’s Board includes 11 commissioners whose counties participate in the fund. For more information about the fund and its services, visit www.michigancountieswcf.org or contact Administrator Timothy K. McGuire at 517-712-4899 or mcguire@michigancountieswcf.org.

NEWS (1/08/20):Counties’ fund announces $3.2 million dividend for workers’ comp members

LANSING, Mich. — Members of the Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) will receive nearly $3.2 million in premium dividends for the 2018 plan year, adding to a dividend total of more than $28 million in the last 10 years alone.

These dividends result from “surplus” funds from policy premiums paid by members but not utilized due to the fund’s excellent claims management and innovative loss prevention strategies, explained Timothy K. McGuire, the fund’s administrator.

“Our consistent focus on employee safety is the story here,” McGuire said. “If employees avoid injuries, our members avoid health costs, thereby keeping costs down for the fund and allowing the fund to release more dollars back to the members.”

The fund, a nonprofit, member-owned pool, was started in 1979. Its 80 current members include county governments, medical care facilities, housing commissions, road commissions, transport authorities, community mental health agencies and villages. Dividend checks issued this year derive from the fund’s 2018 plan year.

“Another year and another excellent result for our members” said Doug Johnson, president of the fund’s board and a commissioner for Otsego County. “The partnerships we have with CompOne and Midwest Employers Casualty allow the fund to provide top-notch customer service and safety guidance.”

In addition to issuing record dividends, the fund continues its Loss Prevention Grants program, which, after two rounds of grants in calendar 2019, has now provided about $220,000 since 2014. These grants help members to make investments in equipment to protect employees on the job.

The MCWCF (www.micounties.org/index.php/mcwcf) is managed by an 11-member Board of Trustees whose counties participate in the fund. For more information about the fund and its services, contact Administrator Timothy K. McGuire at 517-712-4899 or tmmac24@gmail.com.

NEWS (6/09/19): MCWCF issues $7,247 to county agencies for employee safety purchases

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) has issued grants totaling $7,247 to agencies providing services in five counties to help reduce employee accidents and injuries, the fund announced Sept. 10.

These sums are part of the MCWCF’s Loss Prevention Grants Program, started in 2014. With this first round of grants in 2019, the fund has issued about $220,000 over the course of the program so far.

RECIPIENT Amount Project
Alger County Sheriff’s Office $2,039.50 Body armor
Alpena County $173.60 Safety vests
Chippewa County Central Dispatch $1,578 Ergonomic work stations
Livingston County $2,229 Ergonomic equipment
Otsego County Judicial System $1,277 Ergonomic chairs
TOTAL GRANTS $7,247.10  

“Though the program is not even a decade old, it has become a fundamental part of our service to our members,” said Timothy K. McGuire, administrator. “In our 40th anniversary year, the Loss Prevention Grants reflect our continuing commitment to innovation, employee safety and member services.”

The fund was created in 1979 by the Michigan Association of Counties. It now serves 80 members across Michigan, and includes counties, medical care facilities, housing commissions, transit agencies, villages, mental health authorities and other specialty county or multi-county endeavors.

In late 2018, the fund issued premium dividends of $3.3 million to members, the largest single amount in the fund’s history. These dividends reflect remitted premium payments in excess of the fund’s needs.

NEWS (4/30/19): MCWCF issues $21,408 to county agencies for employee safety purchases

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) has issued grants to agencies providing services in five counties to help reduce employee accidents and injuries, the fund announced April 25.

These sums are part of the MCWCF’s Loss Prevention Grants Program, started in 2014. With this first round of grants in 2019, the fund has issued nearly $210,000 over the course of the program so far.

RECIPIENT Amount Project
Arenac County Animal Control $1,409 Safety equipment
Branch County $5,000 Entrance safety upgrade
Huron-Clinton Metroparks Authority $2,044 Safety equipment
Otsego County $4,531 Ergonomic equipment
Presque Isle County $4,279 Safety equipment
Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office $4,144 Ergonomic chairs
TOTAL GRANTS $21,408  

“Though the program is not even a decade old, it has become a fundamental part of our service to our members,” said Timothy K. McGuire, administrator. “In our 40th anniversary year, the Loss Prevention Grants reflect our continuing commitment to innovation, employee safety and member services.”

The fund was created in 1979 by the Michigan Association of Counties. It now serves 80 members across Michigan, and includes counties, medical care facilities, housing commissions, transit agencies, villages, mental health authorities and other specialty county or multi-county endeavors.

In late 2018, the fund issued premium dividends of $3.3 million to members, the largest single amount in the fund’s history. These dividends reflect remitted premium payments in excess of the fund’s needs.

Clinton County commissioner named a vice president of MCWCF Board of Trustees

LANSING, Mich. — Robert Showers, chairman of the Clinton County Board of Commissioners, has been appointed a vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF). Showers was voted into the position by his fellow trustees during a meeting on March 25 in East Lansing.

Showers, who has served on the board since 2017, also serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) and the Board of Directors of the MAC Service Corp.

As an MCWCF trustee, Showers is responsible for overseeing a fund with $34 million in assets serving 80 public entities from Gogebic County to Monroe County.

“Bob’s long service in the workers’ comp field made him a natural choice for the Board in 2017 and a natural choice as a vice president now,” explained Douglas Johnson, Board president and a commissioner for Otsego County.

“I’m an old dog, but I keep looking for new tricks to learn,” quipped Showers. “I thank my fellow trustees for the trust they have placed in me with the vice president position.”

The MCWCF, a nonprofit, member-owned pool, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Its 80 members include county governments, medical care facilities, housing commissions, road commissions, transport authorities, community mental health agencies and villages.

The MCWCF’s Board includes 11 commissioners whose counties participate in the fund. For more information about the fund and its services, contact Administrator Timothy K. McGuire at 517-712-4899 or mcguire@michigancountieswcf.org.

Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund Celebrates 40 Years

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 1, having grown from 10 Michigan counties to serving 80 Michigan counties, municipalities and organizations. The fund, designed to save members money amid rising health care costs, returns an average 35 percent in dividends to its members annually. In 2018 alone, the dividend was $3.3 million, the largest in the fund’s history.

“As a long-time board member, it’s so gratifying to see the cycle of innovation and investment leading to better and better results for our members,” said Doug Johnson, president of the fund’s board and a commissioner for Otsego County.

The fund was founded in March of 1979 by a group lead by then Michigan Association of Counties Executive Director, A. Barry McGuire, and ten charter counties. Lack of safety programs and rising claims were making workers’ compensation insurance prohibitively expensive, so the Michigan Legislature enacted laws permitting employers to band together and organize self-funded plans.

From the start, the MCWCF’s Board of Trustees emphasized safety, savings and service. Safety programs were and are the fund’s top goal. Not only is it in the best interests of all members to be as safe as possible, but safety measures reduce claims, which reduces premium costs to members. Those savings are then shared with all members — giving everyone an incentive to take workplace safety seriously. Throughout the process, the fund provides incredible customer service and personal attention to each of its 80 members.

The fund also runs an innovative Loss Prevention Grants Program, where members can apply for grant funds to invest in safety equipment. The grant program, started in 2014, has issued nearly $190,000 in grants for items like security equipment, ergonomic office furniture and employee wellness programs.

“Our Loss Prevention Grants Program continues to make a difference for our members and their employees,” said Timothy K. McGuire, the fund’s executive director. “Of course, the ultimate winners here are taxpayers, who know their public servants are working to reduce injuries and health costs.”

Those values are still the cornerstone of the fund, which retains eight original member counties: Livingston, Delta, Ionia, Otsego, Newaygo, Gogebic, Benzie and Cheboygan. The fund is administrated by CompOne.

“The MCWCF Board of Trustees does an outstanding job with oversight,” says McGuire. “The trustees are committed to making sure the members are given the best service and best return on their dollars.”

NEWS (9/19/18): MCWCF issues $18,378 to county agencies for employee safety purchases

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Counties Workers’ Compensation Fund (MCWCF) has issued grants to agencies providing services in five counties to help reduce employee accidents and injuries, the fund announced Sept. 19.

These sums are part of the MCWCF’s Loss Prevention Grants Program, started in 2014. With this second round of grants in 2018, the fund has issued nearly $190,000 over the course of the program so far.

 RECIPIENT  Amount Project
Otsego County Judicial System $4,747 Security equipment
Newaygo County $5,000 Ergonomic chairs
Dickenson County $2,400  Metal detector
Chippewa County Jail $1,850 Security equipment
Alpena County $4,381 Ergonomic workstations
TOTAL GRANTS  $18,378

During my regular visits to review coverage with members, this program always is a point of conversation – the members simply love it,” said Timothy K. McGuire, administrator. “We are helping them invest in their people by keeping them safe. The benefits only multiply from there.”

The fund was created in 1979 by the Michigan Association of Counties. It now serves 80 members across Michigan, and includes counties, medical care facilities, housing commissions, transit agencies, villages, mental health authorities and other specialty county or multi-county endeavors.

At the end of 2017, the fund issued premium dividends of $3.2 million to members, the largest single amount in the fund’s history. These dividends reflect remitted premium payments in excess of the fund’s needs.

Fall is the Perfect Time to Visit Members in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Fall in Michigan is a magical time – beautiful trees, crisp air and radiant sunshine (we hope!) before winter arrives. Recently, we celebrated Michigan’s fall by taking a trip up north to celebrate some of our members in the Upper Peninsula. We may be on call 24/7, but our one-on-one, face-to-face time is still our favorite way to say hello and check in on our members. Thanks so much to the following members for allowing us to drop by and say hello!

  • Sherry DuPont, Memominee County Board of Commissioners
  • Cherie Gagnon, Delta Area Transit Authority
  • Dotty LaJoye, Central Upper Peninsula Planning & Development
  • Lynn Woelffer, Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties
  • Christy Paul, Dickinson County
  • Dave Rivard, Kathy Blixt And Philip Strom, Delta County

Menominee County Courthouse

The beautiful and historic Memominee County Courthouse.

Administrator Tim McGuire with MCWCF Board Member Dave Rivard of Delta County.

Dotty LaJoye with Tim McGuire, Administrator of MCWCF

Administrator Tim McGuire with Dotty LaJoye of Central Upper Peninsula Planning & Development.

Kathy Blixt of Delta County, with MCWCF Administrator Tim McGuire

Administrator Tim McGuire with Kathy Blixt of Delta County.

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