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An analysis and comparison of three arbitration opinions regarding personal grooming requirements and, in particular, hair-and-beard regulations promulgated by employers. Such regulations are not a matter of managerial discretion, but must meet the test of reasonableness. Valtin notes that arbitrators tend to apply old-fashioned analyses to workplace controversies involving the new morality and changed lifestyles.

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Noting that, given their average age, arbitrators constitute a community of ‘establishment neutrals,’ Cohen observes that decisions rendered in the arbitration of life style disputes nevertheless reflect both establishment and, arguably, anti-establishment outcomes. Drawing from a number of arbitration decisions involving life style disputes, including those cited by Valtin, Cohen concludes that arbitral commitment to …

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