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The predominance of single-parent and dual-worker households has greatly increased the tension that employees feel between responsibilities to their jobs and responsibilities to their families. Labor arbitrators most commonly encounter…

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The article examines 78 arbitration decisions that weigh the employer’s right to discipline for absenteeism against the employee’s family care-giving responsibilities. It places such absences in demographic context; examines when…

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Arbitrator Knowlton posits that fairness requires the evolution of the concept of just cause to take into account the contemporary circumstances of workers, who increasingly lack a familial safety net.

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A critique of WORK/FAMILY CONFLICT, a paper by Professor Joan Williams that exams the changing demographics of working families and, specifically, the arbitration decisions pertaining to conflicting work-family obligations. Professor…

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Title: Alcoholism and the just cause for discharge

Discharge for alcoholism or alcohol-related misconduct poses one of the “greater dilemmas” for arbitrators. The authors discuss the growth of occupational programs, both employer-initiated and through collective bargaining. In many…

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Management’s perspective of arbitration decisions and judicial rulings affecting physical and mental disabilities, no smoking rules, AIDS, health insurance, and employee rights under federal statutes….

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A discussion of the relevance of the ADA to the arbitration of disciplines for poor attendance. The author observes that ADA employment protections are narrowing over time….

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A discussion of the differing measurements of absenteeism, and the conflicting views of arbitrators in cases involving corrective discipline in the context of absenteeism charges. No-fault attendance control policies and…

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Current Issues in attendance

An examination of fault and no-fault attendance policies; “excessive” absenteeism; the use of progressive discipline for absenteeism; disparate treatment; and factors in determining just cause….

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