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Winter Elections Conference
The Winter Elections Conference is sponsored by the School of Government and NC State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. The conference focuses on law and practical skills for elections directors and elections office employees. The conference will be held January 29-30, 2018 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park.
Webinar On-Demand: Public Records Law: Records Retention
Do you know which records you can destroy and which ones you are required to keep? How transparent would government be if there were no rules about records retention? Public agencies in North Carolina are required to keep certain records and may destroy others. The State Office of Archives and History (within the Department of Cultural Resources) makes the records retention rules and provides resources and training on how to comply with them. Representatives from the State Government Records Branch will join School of Government faculty members for this webinar focused specifically on the records retention requirements for local governments in North Carolina. This webinar will be of particular interest to city and county clerks, and information technology professionals.
Webinar On-Demand: Public Records Law: Personnel Records
Most of the information in the personnel file of a city, county, state or other governmental employee is confidential and the records are not available for public inspection. But that short statement masks a web of complexity. The personnel records statutes do make some information public and it has always been tricky to figure out what information is public and what is not. It has been hard even to distinguish just exactly what information is really part of the personnel file and what is not. And it has been challenging to determine who has the right of access to otherwise confidential information. The difficulties multiplied beginning in 2010, moreover, when the General Assembly amended the statutes to open much more information to public view and imposed obligations to create new public information related to public employees. In this webinar, we will look at the current law, the questions it raises, and the best ways to address those questions.
Webinar On-Demand: Public Records Law: General Topics & Overview
This introductory webinar provides an overview of public records laws and a review of key exceptions to the right of access. We will also include a special focus on electronic records and the issues regarding “metadata,” and present a framework for responding to public records requests. Local government elected officials, attorneys, managers, clerks, human resources directors, finance officers, department heads, and information technology professionals will all benefit from viewing this webinar.
Webinar On-Demand: Public Records Law: Finance, Tax, Economic Development & Contracting
This webinar provides something for just about everyone in local government – how our state’s public records laws apply to local government finance, tax, economic development, and public contracting. When are bids open to public inspection? Can the public see documents related to a major economic development project or incentive agreement? Are utility bills (and utility billing information) subject to public access? What taxpayer information is available to the public? These and other questions will be answered during this information-packed webinar. A “must-see” for local government officials and staff involved in finance, tax, economic development, and purchasing.
Webinar On-Demand: Public Records Law: Attorney-Client Communications & Work Product
Does the public records law apply to attorney-client communications? When is a local government permitted to close its meetings to discuss matters with its attorney? Do closed session minutes involving attorney-client issues ever become public? What kinds of records are included in the “work product” exception to the public records law? This webinar will cover the many public records law issues relating to local governments and their attorneys. It will be helpful to attorneys, elected officials, managers, and clerks.
Webinar On-Demand: Public Records Law Series
Public records laws affect all local government officials and employees regardless of their job duties. Obligations under the laws include not only providing access to records, but also maintaining and retaining records, redacting records, and protecting confidential information. These obligations vary greatly based on the type of public records involved. To help local governments satisfy their public records obligations, the School of Government is offering a series of five interactive webinars focusing on different aspects of this complicated and confusing area of law.
Once your local government has its performance measures, then what? How can measures be used to help improve the quality and efficiency of services? What tactics have proven successful? This one-day workshop, which is designed for city and county managers, department heads, and other local government officials who have previously completed an introductory performance measurement class, focuses on the use of performance data to influence more positive results.
Basic School for Registers of Deeds
This course covers the basic operations of the office of register of deeds. The class provides instruction on the following topics: overview of county government and its revenues and expenditures; sources of law and rules governing registers of deeds; organization and responsibilities of the office; introduction to real estate instruments; recording and indexing real property instruments; vital records; public records management; and marriage licenses.
2018 Clerks Certification Course
2018 Clerks Certification Course
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2014 Local Government Legislative Review Part II (Webinar On-Demand)
The North Carolina General Assembly considered hundreds of bills in the 2014 short session. Quite a few of the bills that were enacted will affect local governments across the state. Please join faculty and staff from the School of Government for two legislative update webinars designed to highlight the most significant pieces of legislation that will affect local governments.
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