Human Resources Issues in Local government: Yesterday’s Headlines Remain Today’s “Hot Topics”

Source: Amy M. McDowell and William M. Leavitt, Public Personnel Management, Vol. 40 no. 3, Fall 2011
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The authors of this article suggest that one of the most informative methods to identify the human resources issues that occupy an organization’s time and efforts is to ask the experts directly. In many local governments, there are at least three groups or organizational units that share responsibility for human resources functions and that must work together as a team to solve human resources issues: managers and supervisors, human resources professionals, and attorneys. This article specifically addresses some of the legal concerns and issues, i.e. the “hot topics,” that constitute the primary workload of attorneys practicing local government employment law, explores these issues, and identify these ongoing concerns.

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