HR & Benefits
The people who provide city services are critical to community success. Human resources (HR) is one of the most important components of city management, and the benefits cities offer are increasingly expensive and difficult to navigate.
The League is here to help cities understand their HR-related responsibilities and opportunities. Our HR & Benefits staff responds to more than 2,000 inquiries each year, providing a variety of information resources and services to member cities.
Submit a question to HR & Benefits staff through firstname.lastname@example.org
(please include your name, title, city name, and question)
Timely League Resources on HR & Benefits topics
- Flexible benefit plan services for cities
In order to provide certain benefits on a tax favorable basis to employees, employers must first implement a flexible benefit plan (a.k.a., “cafeteria plan”). The flexible benefit plan is subject to many rules and regulations under the IRS, which can be confusing and complicated for cities to sort through and implement. The League of Minnesota Cities, in cooperation with Darcy Hitesman of Hitesman & Associates, has developed various tools and resources to assist cities with complying with these requirements.
Read more about flexible benefit plan services
- Model union contracts for cities
Negotiating the first union contract with a newly formed union of city employees is critically important to maintaining certain management rights. The League of Minnesota Cities, in cooperation with Scott Lepak of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, has developed two model union contracts for cities to use in negotiating either a first contract—or negotiating new provisions into an existing contract. The models include explanations of what language to avoid and why the model language is preferred.
View Model Contract Language—Police Unit (pdf)
View Model Contract Language—City Hall Unit (pdf)
- Salary & Benefits Survey for Minnesota Local Governments
The League's annual Minnesota Local Government Salary & Benefits Survey features data collected from Minnesota cities, as well as some counties and other public sector organizations. The survey results include information on public sector services, salaries (union and non-union), and non-salary benefits.
Access the Salary & Benefits Survey
- GASB OPEB services
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) requires public-sector entities to begin accounting for the promise to provide other post-employment benefits (OPEB) over the working life of the employee. Even cities that do not contribute directly toward retiree benefits will likely have some GASB OPEB liability.
Read more about GASB OPEB services
- City workforce planning
If your city has a high number of employees nearing retirement, you’re not alone. Almost half of the cities in Minnesota have at least 25 percent of their employees over age 50, and in 150 cities, at least half of the employees are over age 50. Cities should begin preparing for workforce shortages and large-scale retirements by reviewing and possibly revising employment practices in order to be seen as “preferred employers.”
Read more about city workforce planning
- Dependent coverage
A 2007 change to Minnesota state law amended the definition of "dependent" under group health, dental, and vision plans. The state definition of dependent differs from the federal tax definition of dependent.
Read more about dependent coverage
- E-learning: HR Basics for Managers
For convenient, affordable, and effective training, try the League's City Learning Point courses. These online courses are easy to navigate and designed specifically for the staff and elected officials of Minnesota cities. Registration is now open for the HR Basics for Managers series.
Read more and register for HR courses
Other League HR & Benefits resources:
Your LMC Resource
Governing and managing a city means overseeing a workforce of city employees and complying with state and federal employment laws. The League provides the assistance you need to stay legally compliant while maintaining a motivated and productive workforce.
Contact Joyce Hottinger
Assistant HR Director
(651 ) 281-1216 or (800) 925-1122
Contact Donyelle Mikacevich
(651) 281-1202 or (800) 925-1122
Go In-Depth: More HR & Benefits Resources
HR Reference Manual
An extensive resource on human resources in the public sector.
It includes chapters on Hiring, Separation from Employment, Personnel Policies, and Compensation & Benefits.
Access the HR Reference Manual
In-depth explanation of and guidance on HR & Benefits topics. Many include sample documents.
Access Information Memos -
HR & Benefits
Join the Conversation
The League maintains a member forum (listserv) for Minnesota city officials with human resources responsibility. Learn tips, exchange ideas, and connect with your colleagues.
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