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She leads Womble Carlyle's Education and School Law team and the Firm’s Labor and Employment team using her background in human resources and experience as an in-house lawyer and college faculty to help employers and educational institutions solve problems, accomplish goals, and mitigate risk.
Beth is a leader of the Firm’s Education and School Law Team, leader of its Labor and Employment Team and a member of the Firm Management Committee. Beth loves helping clients solve their problems, accomplish their strategies, and manage their most challenging risks. She builds upon her experience as an HR professional, an in-house employment lawyer, and a college faculty member to defend employers and serve as a trusted advisor to educational institutions. Her clients appreciate her understanding of their businesses thus enabling her to help them effectively anticipate and manage their risks.
Beth deftly advises clients in how best to handle difficult employment matters from terminations, RIFS, restructurings, FLSA compliance, return to work FMLA and ADA issues, and I-9 compliance. She knows upfront planning and advice permits the execution of a well-planned strategy that accomplishes the client’s goals with minimized risk. To that end, she has assisted employers in addressing difficult employee matters without resorting to litigation, trained managers on all aspects of employment law compliance, and prepared policies. And, when needed, Beth defends employers before state and federal agencies and in litigation. Beth also serves as the leader of the Labor and Employment Team.
Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.
“What Do You Mean That’s Sex Discrimination? Expanding Federal Protection for Transgender Employees,” Beth Tyner Jones, National Association of Independent Schools (2012).
“Handshakes or Hand Grenades? Achieving Amicable Departures of Administrators and Faculty Members,” Beth Jones, NACUA Handbook for Lawyers New to Higher Education, Second Edition (2007)
"Hiring Right: Effective Faculty Searches," and "The Science (and Art) of Faculty Evaluations, The Council of Independent Colleges, Workshop for Department Chairs, Baltimore, MD, May 19, 2017; Savannah, GA, March 30, 2017; Louisville, KY, April 8, 2016; Greenville, SC, April 10, 2015; Charlotte, NC, April 3-5, 2014
“Current Higher Education Legal Issues related to Risk Management,” North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Meeting of Chief Financial Officers, O’Henry Hotel, Greensboro, NC, November 9, 2016
“Minors on Campus - Roundtable,” North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Meeting of Chief Financial Officers, O’Henry Hotel, Greensboro, NC, November 9, 2016
“Legal Updates: Focus on Title IX and FLSA,” North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Meeting of Student Affairs Officers and Human Resources Directors, High Point University, High Point, NC, October 20, 2016
“Legal Updates,” North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Meeting on Chief Financial Officers, 2015 -2013, 2010
“Legal Update," North Carolina College & University Professional Association - Human Resources (NCCUPA-HR) Fall Conference, 2015 -2014, 2010
“Legal Update,” North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Meeting of Student Affairs, Public Information, and Chief Academic Officers, 2014 – 2013
“HR Focus: FLSA Traps for the Independent Schools,” The North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) Business Officers’ Meeting, Raleigh, NC, April 7-8, 2014
“Antitrust Laws & Higher Ed: You Gotta Be Kidding Me,” The Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO) 2013 Fall Workshop, Charlotte, NC, November 11, 2013, co-presenter with Press Millen
“The Latest in Cases, Administrative Enforcement and Legislation Hitting the Campus HR Professional's Desk,” North Carolina College & University Professional Association for Human Resources (NCCUPA) 2013 Fall Conference, Asheville, NC, September 13, 2013
“Documentation and Investigation: Two Keys to Handling the Difficult Employee on Your Campus,” North Carolina College & University Professional Association for Human Resources (NCCUPA) 2013 Fall Conference, Asheville, NC, September 13, 2013
“Title IX Investigations Training,” North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Elon University, Elon, NC, May 30, 2013
“Difficult Workplace Communications,” North Carolina College & University Professional Association for Human Resources (NCCUPA) 2012 Spring Workshop, Winston-Salem, NC April 27, 2012
“Dealing with the Dangerous, Stressed and Otherwise Difficult Employee: Avoiding Discrimination Claims while Addressing the Issues”, NC College and University Personnel Association, Winston Salem, NC, April 23, 2010
“Tightening Our Belts 'til It Hurts,” NC College and University Personnel Association, Hickory, NC, October 30, 2009; Raleigh, October 30, 2009
“Shifting Gears in HR”, NC College and University Personnel Association, Charlotte, NC, October 24, 2008
“Tried and True Approaches to Settlement and Severance Agreements”, National Association of College and University Attorneys, 48th Annual Conference, New York, NY, June 25, 2008
“Selected Legal Developments in Recruiting”, a part of the Public Employment Law Update, sponsored by the School of Government, Chapel Hill, NC, May 9, 2008
“Handshakes or Hand Grenades: Achieving Amicable Departures of Administrators and Faculty Members,” National Association of College and University Attorneys, Atlanta, GA, March 2004
Labor and Employment
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Education and School Law
Cyber and Privacy Law
Prior Legal Experience
Prior Business Experience