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WCU to offer employment law workshop for outdoor business professionals

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment is offering a workshop “What Every Outdoor Business Must Know about Employment Law,” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the university’s site at Biltmore Park in Asheville.

“Western North Carolina is home to many for-profit and nonprofit outdoor businesses and startups, including companies that are dependent on tourism,” said Andy Coburn, associate director of WCU’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines and the university’s outdoor industry faculty liaison. “This workshop has been designed for outdoor business owners and managers looking to develop a better understanding of employment law as it relates to the size of a company and topics specific to the outdoor industry.”

Jon Yarbrough

Jon Yarbrough, a partner with the law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, will serve as workshop instructor and share human resource information, tips and strategies for implementing and communicating employment policies at a small to mid-size companies in the outdoor industry.

“Owners and managers need to be aware of laws related to full-time, part-time and seasonal wage and hours; and disability, harassment, and diversity in the workplace,” said Coburn. “There are also issues specific to the outdoor industry pertaining to safe working conditions and policies that relate to environmental stewardship.”

Participants are invited to stay for a networking lunch from 1-2 p.m. with Yarbrough available for questions.

WCU’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment, as part of the Division of Educational Outreach, provides opportunities for individuals to further their careers through education and training. Registration for the outdoor business professionals workshop is $89. SHRM credits are available upon completion.

For more information about recertification credits and to register, visit and click on “For-profit and Nonprofit Professional Development Workshops” or call 828-227-7397.

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