Posts on HR Policies and Procedures

Pulling Off Pay for Performance: Lessons from MPA Research

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Pay-for-performance (P4P) has been a hot topic among public and private managers for years. The concept is popular because it embraces the ethos of rewarding hard work. Furthermore, the “new normal” for the public sector is to do more with less and P4P seems like one strategy to accomplish that. For private sector firms, pay-for-performance […]

Lawyers and Public Sector Employee Relations: Chocolate and Peanut Butter vs. Ice Cream and Pickles

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The involvement of lawyers in some public employment relations situations is like adding chocolate to peanut butter: the elements mix well together. In other situations, incorporating lawyers is like adding ice cream to pickles: the combination does not work. How is one to know when legal involvement is more chocolate and peanut butter versus ice […]

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.