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Laurel Eriksen, APEI Deputy Director, visit with Bonita Williams former (retired) Finance Director

 

Laurel Eriksen, APEI Deputy Director, had a chance to visit with Bonita Williams in February 2012. Bonita is the former (retired) Finance Director of APEI as well as former Executive Director of ASIC. Bonita has a long history with ASIC and was closely involved as the company transitioned to APEI. Bonita retired five years ago and now lives in Seattle.

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How to Save Premium Dollars

Loss Control Premium Credit Program

APEI's loss control premium credit program allows members to save a lot of money on their premiums. A member reaching the maximum amounts will receive 15% off the APEI portion of their workers' comp and general liability premiums as well as 4% off the APEI portion of their property premium. This program is surprisingly underutilized. You can find out more information about it in your loss control manual. Contact Abe Levy, your loss control manager, at alevy@akpei.com for more information.
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Staying Safe in the Cloud

Welcome to the Cloud. Cloud Storage. Cloud Computing. These are the buzz words for today’s new technology. Every day more organizations are deciding to switch to the cloud. We regularly interact with the cloud in different ways, but many of us don’t really know what the cloud is. In the simplest sense cloud computing refers to storing data or information on a virtual server over the internet.

Many organizations are moving towards cloud computing for their own storage and eliminating the traditional on site servers. There are many things that need to be considered when looking into this change. In Alaska, especially remote areas, internet connectivity may be a big concern. It would not be effective to use cloud computing without a stable, reliable internet connection.

Another large concern with cloud computing centers around the ownership of the data stored in the cloud. We are faced with multitudes of legal fine print when using computers. The standard is to scroll down and click ok or agree without reading. When looking into cloud computing it is very important to read the terms of services (ToS) and read them completely.

Google uses a single ToS to cover most of its products. The ToS clearly state “You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.” That sounds good. If your organization is going to switch to cloud computing, the information needs to continue to be the property of the organization.

However, upon further reading of the ToS you will find the following: “When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”

Woah! So the information stays the property of the organization, but the information can be used by Google for just about any purpose they choose. While it is unlikely that Google would actually do anything with your data, this is a risk you may not be willing or able to take.

An example of more ideal language is found in the DropBox ToS. “You retain full ownership to your stuff. We don’t claim any ownership to any of it. These Terms do not grant us any rights to your stuff or intellectual property except for the limited rights that are needed to run the Services.”

There are other considerations to be made, but make sure you read the ToS completely. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you don’t have the privacy you were expecting.

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Members Doing the Right Thing


Have you ever had trouble keeping the areas in front of your electrical boxes clear? OSHA regulations require 30 to 36 inches of clearance in front of electrical shutoff panels depending on voltage. The Petersburg City School District has clearly marked off such areas with yellow paint to remind students and employees to not store items in these areas.

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Cyber Bullying

Bullying is a problem schools have faced for a long time. However, recently with the rise of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices, cyber bullying is becoming a major issue.
One of the difficulties school districts face is how to address cyber bullying without infringing upon students' First Amendment rights to free speech. Cases across the country continue to be litigated and the answers are not clear. However, even when electronic devices are used off-site, schools may have some authority over student cyber bullying if it is detrimental to the educational environment.

School administrations should take proactive steps to prevent cyber bullying from occurring. Some of the actions that should be taken are:
  • Develop clear rules and policies to prohibit the use of schoool technologies to bully others.
  • Educate students and staff members about what types of behavior constitute cyber bullying and how the school district's policies apply to them.
  • Provide adequate supervision and monitoring of student use of technology.
  • Establish systems for reporting cyber bullying or misuse of technology.
  • Establish effective responses to reports of cyber bullying.
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