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Truth or consequences: Arbitral rulings on discipline for alleged abuse in law enforcement, education, health care and customer service settings.

A panel discussion of three case studies of alleged abuse involving (1) a nursing home, (2) a police shooting, and (3) sexual assault on a student by a teacher.Following the panel discussion, Arbitrator Jaffe presents four hypothetical cases in the health care, police, education and trucking industries, followed by questions relevant to the imposition of …

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Major issues in arbitration in the U.S. education sector:Stateside and Puerto Rico

A panel discussion of the practical problems and issues arising under collective bargaining agreements in Puerto Rico and stateside.

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An examination of free speech workplace issues in the public and private sectors in Canada.

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Panel discussion – Education

A panel discussion of contemporary forces at work in education, including merit pay vs. seniority, affirmative action, conflict between faculty and administration, and power sharing. Examples of restructuring are given, including reductions in public services, shared decision-making, charter schools, and the breakup of District Schools in Los Angeles and the corresponding breakup of the teachers’ …

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The author examines discipline for professional misconduct. Professions examined include teachers, nurses, and news reporters . Professional standards as public policy and, therefore, a basis for judicial vacatur of awards is discussed.

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Victims in cases of abuse by employees are often the mentally ill, mentally retarded, or minor children. The author examines the admissibility and reliability of their testimony, and precautions that may be taken.

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The author examines the standards for determining “conduct unbecoming a teacher” and opines that the subjectivity of moral standards can be reduced by imposing a requirement for nexus.

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This report covers 1978 statutory, judicial and related developments at the federal, state and local levels, including federal legislation creating the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Office of Personnel Management and the Merit Systems Protection Board. The report also discusses the impact of California’s Proposition 13.

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Discussion of grievance arbitration, distinguishing federal sector from state and local government experience. Includes discussion of advisory arbitration, types of issues submitted, available forums; differences in extent of unionization within public employment; limits on adopting private-sector practices in the public sector; and possible directions of development.

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