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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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The article addresses discharge or reassignment for physical or mental inability to perform the work (including being overweight and underweight); temporary and permanent disability distinguished; and the failure of the…

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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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