Posts on HR Law

Running for Office: The Hatch Act is Nearly Dead

Monday, December 8th, 2014

When an employee of a city or county wants to run for elective office, three legal considerations have traditionally leapt to mind—North Carolina’s criminal conflicts of interest statute, the state’s common law principle of incompatibility of office, and the federal Hatch Act.

Paying Employees Who Are Absent in Inclement Weather

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

It’s that time of year. Winter storms may make it impossible for local government employees to make it to work. Sometimes absences are for only a day or two and once the roads are clear and it is safe to drive, employees return to work. At other times, storms cause power outages that may last […]

Confidentiality of Applicant Names

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Here’s an idea that many people in local government in North Carolina cling to:  the names of applicants for governmental jobs are confidential.  It’s a very handy idea.  It allows a manager in a small county to apply for the manager’s job in a large county without letting the cat out of the bag too […]