Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund:
Since 1985, the MEL system has become one of the most successful shared services programs in the state's history - saving New Jersey taxpayers over $1 billion to date. The MEL is a governmental entity that provides excess insurance and services to 19 local Joint Insurance Funds (JIFs) representing over 60% of local governments in New Jersey including 383 municipalities, 74 utility authorities, and 90 housing authorities. With an annual budget of $200 million and a statutory surplus of over $100 million, New Jersey's MEL system is the largest municipal property/casualty risk pool in the country.
  
NEWS and Recent Additions: 
 

Michael Trotta : With great sadness we must report that Michael Trotta passed away on Monday, April 20.  Mike served on the MEL Board of Fund Commissioners from January 1993 to January 2007 and as the MEL Chairman in 1996 & 1997.  He also served on the Monmouth Executive Committee from January of 1991 through January of 2007 and as Chairman of the Monmouth JIF in 1991.  Mike’s leadership played a significant role in creation of both the MEL and the Monmouth JIF.  He was also a real friend to all of us who had the honor to work with him.    He will be missed. 

 
Online Elected Officials Training:
The MEL has made this training available online for elected officials, municipal manager/administrator, authority commissioners and/or authority executive directors to earn the  $250 credit. To receive credit, the program must be completed by June 1, 2015. (Click here) for instructions on how to access the online training.
 
Joint Insurance Fund and Health Insurance Fund Educational Seminar:
The MEL (Municipal Excess Liability Fund) and MRHIF (Municipal Reinsurance Health Fund) held the 5th annual educational seminar for commissioners, municipal personnel, risk managers and vendor personnel on April 17th at the National Conference Center. (Click here) to access the material presented at the seminar.

Emergency Restoration Services:
(Click here) to access a white paper, drafted by the Morris JIF, on the legal requirements to contract for emergency restoration services along with a list of vendors that have been pre-qualified.
 
Legal Decision Library:
(Click here) to access the MEL's expanded legal decision library covering important court decisions concerning employment practices, ethics, tort claims, workers' compensation and the open public meetings act.  
 
Management Webinars:
(Click here) to view eight new recorded management webinars including a risk management orientation for local officials, an orientation for new JIF Commissioners, a webinar on Workers' Compensation, a webinar on Title 59 Liability, a program on public officials and employment practices liability, a training program on environmental liability, a model Local Officials Ethics course, and a program on preventing pedestrian accidents.
 
2015 MEL Safety Institute:
(Click here) to access the 2015 MEL Safety Institute course listing.
 


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