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Introduction to Public Employment Law

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Whether you are new to human resources, an experienced HR professional new to the public sector or looking to update your skills, or an attorney newly assigned employment issues for your agency, Introduction to Public Employment Law is the course for you! This five-day course provides a thorough grounding in the major legal topics relevant to human resources management. Topics include:

  • Employment at will and its exceptions
  • Antidiscrimination law
  • Hiring
  • 1st Amendment and Employee Free Speech
  • 4th Amendment and Employee Drug Testing
  • Property Rights in Employment
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Workers Compensation
  • NC’s Personnel Privacy Laws
  • Discipline and Discharge

The course material is presented by a variety of experts in the field of public employment law, including School of Government faculty and attorneys specializing in public employment. The lead instructor is Diane Juffras of the School of Government. All sessions will be conducted at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Introduction to Public Employment Law is open to employees of North Carolina state and local governments and affiliated organizations who have responsibilities for human resource functions, and to attorneys in private practice who represent public sector clients in employment matters. The course is designed for those who are new to public employment law and human resource management but is also appropriate for those who are new to public-sector employment issues or are brushing up on recent changes to the law.

In previous years, enrollment in this course has been as diverse as the public sector itself. Participants have come from city and county government, state agencies, the staff of the General Assembly, Office of State Personnel and Administrative Office of the Courts, as well as from the community college system and the UNC system. Attorney participants have included city and county attorneys, police attorneys, social services attorneys, and attorneys representing area mental health authorities.

This course should be taken before the School of Government’s advanced offerings in employment law, including the Public Employment Law Update, Advanced FLSA Workshop, Advanced FMLA Workshop and Advanced ADA Workshop and Employee Benefits Law.

Who should attend

  • Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles
  • Attorneys
  • City and County Clerks
  • HR Professionals
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Tax and Finance Officials


Diane Juffras joined the School of Government in 2001. Prior to that, she was an attorney in private practice in Connecticut, where she specialized in the areas of employment, health care, and business law and litigation. Juffras received an AB from Dartmouth College and a JD from New York Univer...


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