Work and family conflict. The evolution of worklife disputes in grievance arbitration: A commentary on Professor Joan Williams’ preceding article
Anita Christine Knowlton
March 16, 2005 Proceedings Database
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 lack of child care is treated as a legitimate excuse for absence, describes communication problems regarding work-family conflicts; assesses the assumption that employer responsiveness to …
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 plan components are reviewed. More guidance by the parties on absenteeism standards is suggested.