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Tue, May 19th, 2020 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Tue, May 19th, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT
Tue, May 19th, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MT
Tue, May 19th, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT


In this modern era, the largest unions in the United States represent public sector employees. In this session, we will discuss basic legal and common law long-standing contract principles and how they are uniquely applied to collective bargaining agreements. We will address the myths and reality of commonly used and often misused terms like “past practices” and see how they provide a basis to understand and resolved labor contract disputes.

** This webinar has been certified by the National Sheriffs’ Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units through your POST. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Paid subscribers that attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Sheriffs’ Association logo.


Richard Hodsdon has been an attorney for more than 40 years and for his entire career has been involved in civil and criminal matters concerning corrections, criminal prosecution and law enforcement operations. He has over 30 years of experience dealing with management and personnel issues including employment law. Rick currently is an assistant county attorney in Stillwater, MN where his duties include representation of the county and criminal justice agencies. He has trained thousands of government staff on civil litigation, criminal law and personnel issues. Rick has also served as counsel to the Minnesota Sheriffs Association for over 30 years.

Rick’s career includes 8 years with the MN attorney general’s office and a year in private practice defending government officials in civil litigation. Rick and has served as an instructor for NIC, the AELE and School of Police Staff and Command on a variety of topics. He is the author of several books and in addition to his law degree has a Masters in public administration.