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Just cause and the troubled employee

A discussion of whether, in assessing the appropriateness of discipline or discharge, arbitrators should take into account “distractions” (such as the employee’s marital, family, financial or legal problems) that cause…

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Conflicts arising out of work force diversity

A review of the anti-discrimination laws and their application by the Courts. Arbitrators are advised to educate themselves with the requirements of the statutes, and not rely on the parties…

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Alcoholism and the world of work

A specialist in the field of “problem drinking, alcohol abuse and alcoholism” supports the concept of treating alcohol-related problems of employees as a disease. The author, writing at an early…

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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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Professor Rentfro proffers that evolving societal values are reflected in the workplace: sexual harassment cases; drug and alcohol cases (and employee assistance programs); and a breakdown in the social contract…

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The author, former International President of the UAW, proposes that the unions that are on the right course are those with leadership and membership that recognize the necessity and inevitability…

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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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The author describes the dilemmas posed by potentially dangerous employees, and proposes measures that can be taken to address and remedy the dangers. Recommendations are given for the approach arbitrators…

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Violence in the workplace: Prevention strategies

A three-part approach is recommended as the best strategy to prevent violence: 1) pre-incident training, 2) stress-management interventions, and 3) employee victim debriefing. Warning signs of potential violent behavior, and…

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Drug-testing disputes

A review of litigation over random and “reasonable suspicion” drug testing. The scientific and technical issues in drug-testing arbitration disputes are explored….

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