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2023 National Seminar on Human Resource Management in State Legislatures

  • Thursday, October 5, 2023
    • In-Person Event
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NCSL’s National Seminar on Human Resource Management in State Legislatures is designed for legislative HR professionals and for senior legislative staff who have responsibilities for creating, implementing and enforcing HR policies and practices. 

No other national training program offers this special focus on the legislature as an employer or brings together legislative staff who need to know more about this critical body of knowledge. 

The most powerful aspect of the HR Seminar—in addition to the formal training agenda—is the opportunity for you to network with your colleagues from other state legislatures and share stories, concerns, ideas and solutions about critical HR challenges.  

Wednesday, October 4

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.


5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Thursday, October 5

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

This interactive session will have you moving, meeting and competing for the most facts about your fellow state legislative staffers.

Speakers: Natalie Wood, Director, NCSL; Selena Saucedo, Senior Policy Specialist, NCSL

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Trends in Employment Law

Learn about what’s new, trending and perennially important in employment law.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Morning Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Hot Topics in Legislative HR Lightning Round

Three states will talk about three emerging issues facing their legislative HR teams, and how they’ve risen to related challenges, in this fast-paced hour.

11:45 a.m. – Noon


12:00 -- 1:00 p.m.

Table Talks and Lunch

NCSL is bringing its top-most personnel questions to you! Pick a seat and chat with a new colleague about one of several issues that are among the most frequently asked questions sent by you to NCSL.

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Debrief

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Integrating AI with HR

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Conflict Resolution Workshop

4:30 p.m.


Friday, October 6

8:00 — 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast - Joint with the NCSL Jobs Summit

8:30—9:15 a.m.

The Mental Health Crisis: Policies to Help Workers - Joint with the NCSL Jobs Summit

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Addressing Workforce Shortages in State Legislatures - Joint with the NCSL Jobs Summit

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.


10:15— 11:15 a.m.

HR Roundtable

11:15 a.m.—Noon

Reducing Barriers to Work (DOL/ODEP) - Joint with the NCSL Jobs Summit

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Professional Development - Brand Development - Joint with the NCSL Jobs Summit

Speaker: Curt Stedron, Director, Legislative Training Institute, NCSL

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Walk to Legislative Complex

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Welcome from North Carolina and Legislative Complex Tour

Attendees will get a rousing Raleigh welcome from their colleagues in the North Carolina Legislature and tour the Legislative Complex.

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.

You’re a New HR Office – Now What?

Working in human resources is a rewarding, fast-paced, never-a-dull-moment experience. Working in a legislature can make it doubly so. Experienced HR professionals will share their top tips and insights with those who are newer to the legislative HR scene.

4:00 p.m.

Social Event – Explore Raleigh

Just steps from the Legislative Complex, downtown Raleigh has tons to offer. Attendees can spend an hour or two at the North Carolina Museum of History or the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences – both free cultural attractions – or hit the First Friday celebration, showcasing the city’s creative community.

Saturday, October 7

8:00—9:00 a.m.


9:00—10:30 a.m.

Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Workshop: What’s in a Great Job Description?

11:30 a.m. - Noon

Wrap-up: What Did We Learn?

As a group, we’ll crowdsource the best ideas and takeaways from the seminar and talk about how they can be implemented back home.



The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel 

The 2023 Seminar will take place at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

Group Rate: A block of rooms has been reserved for seminar attendees at the discounted rate of $219/night plus tax. The deadline to book your room at the group rate has passed.

Deadline and Link: The deadline to book your room at the group rate is September 12. Once the block fills you will have to book outside of the block via the main hotel website.

Additional Nights: The NCSL block is Wednesday, Oct 4 – Saturday, October 7. If you would like to add on additional nights, please first book your room for the meeting dates at the link above. Once you receive your confirmation email, you will then need to call the hotel at 919.834.9900 to add on additional nights. The group rate will be available for pre and post nights based upon the hotel’s availability. 


Registration fees are: 

  • Legislative staff: $450 
  • Legislators: $450
  • Guests: $225 

Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to by September 21. Cancellations will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee.

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