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Following introductions by his children and also by his wife (Academy member Glady Serhsenfeld), Walter Gershenfeld examines the future composition and role of the Academy in view of the trend of a reducing national union membership and arbitration caseload.

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Recent developments in professional ethics: Implications for arbitrators and advocates.

An examination of the ethics of arbitrators advertising their services, including employment arbitration and mediation; of furnishing training to solely one party; and of serving as an expert witness. Amendment of the Code of Professional Responsibility in 1996, to permit the providing of accurate and objective information about an arbitrator, is also discussed.

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The author discusses the likely growth of employment arbitration, and the matters yet to be resolved for the labor arbitrator as a practitioner of employment arbitration.

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Professional responsibilities of arbitrators

Richard Block discusses whether and under what conditions arbitrators should agree to serve as expert witnesses.Walter Gershenfeld discusses when disclosure is required of an arbitrator, and when recusement is appropriate.And Alexander Porter addresses the issues arising when concerns about payment of the arbitrator arise.

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A review of the growth of interest arbitration in various state and local jurisdictions, and the types of and legal challenges made to such arbitration. The author examines concerns about whether interest arbitration will have a chilling or narcotic effect on bargaining. No serious adverse effects are found, but improvements are recommended: including legislative listing …

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A review of statutory, judicial, and related activity in public-employment dispute settlement at the federal, state, and local levels in 1979, including a state-by-state summary of legislation enacted, a summary of experience under new legislation for federal labor relations, and a digest of significant appellate and high-court decisions, as well as relevant lower-court and board …

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This report covers 1978 statutory, judicial and related developments at the federal, state and local levels, including federal legislation creating the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Office of Personnel Management and the Merit Systems Protection Board. The report also discusses the impact of California’s Proposition 13.

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A survey of the statutory, judicial, and related public employment dispute-settlement developments at the federal, state, and local levels in 1977. It contains a state-by-state analysis of legislation enacted, developments in the federal sector under the Executive Orders, and a digest of selected appellate and high-court decisions. A brief section is included on research and …

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Professor Gershenfeld’s observations about interest arbitration. He examines the criteria for making monetary decisions, scope problems in the non-monetary areas, the “coercive comparison,” and the role of “public interest” factors (e.g., the effect of a settlement in one part of an organization on other upcoming bargains in the same organization). The “arb-med tool” is discussed.

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