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.

As outside general counsel to colleges and universities, Beth advises on compliance, policy and liability matters affecting campuses including student unrest on campus, student discipline, governance, FERPA compliance, Title IX and sexual misconduct, investigations, campus police, international study programs, affiliation agreements, accreditation, tenure denial and faculty dismissals, and senior administrator contracts and separations. She regularly represents institutions in investigations with agencies such as the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.

Beth 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. When needed, Beth defends employers before state and federal agencies and in litigation.

    Experience

    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.

    • Advised a university board in removal of institution’s president for misconduct, negotiated the president’s departure while avoiding reputational risk, and prepared the new president’s contract.

    • Counseled employers in a wide variety of difficult employment terminations, hires, reassignments and leaves involving employees with medical issues, retaliation claims, poor performance, discrimination claims, FLSA issues, and tenure denial or removal processes.

    • Advised boards in addressing admission of transgender students at single sex institutions, student discipline, and employee requirements based on religious beliefs at religiously affiliated institutions, and prepared revisions of tenure policies.

    • Developed workforce restructuring programs including selection processes, voluntary and involuntary severance programs, and early retirement options. Prepared releases and advised on WARN and OWBPA issues in rollout of restructuring programs in multi-national workforces.

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    Contact information

    +1 919.755.8177
    beth.jones@wbd-us.com
    +1 919.755.6075

    Bar admissions

    1988, North Carolina

    Admitted to practice before:

    • All the state courts of North Carolina
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
    • United States Supreme Court

    Education

    • J.D.,1988, Campbell University School of Law
      • cum laude
      • Editor-in-Chief, Law Review
      • Moot Court
      • Omicron Delta Kappa Law Student of the Year
    • B.A., 1985, Campbell University
      • summa cum laude
      • President, Student Government Association
      • Phi Kappa Phi