Examples of Recent Grants, updated in 2019


An Empirical Comparison of the Handling of Statutory Human Rights Claims in Labour Arbitration in Ontario and Before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, by Professor Marty Malin of Chicago-Kent College of Law and Professor Sara Slinn. 

  • This research examined relevant arbitration awards and HRTO decisions for the years 2009-2013. The study was completed and published in the 2017 volume of the University of Chicago Legal Forum.


Arbitrationinfo.com, an informational website hosted by the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution (CSDR) at the University of Missouri School of Law.  

  • This important website provides the public, professionals, and the media with neutral, noncommercial and comprehensive information about arbitration. It includes a list of contacts who are available to talk to members of the media about arbitration.


Digest of Arbitration Decisions by the Arbitration Council of Cambodia. 

  • The Arbitration Council (AC) of Cambodia is considered the most effective labor arbitration center in Southeast Asia. This grant funded the editing and publication in English of the case digests of the AC. The project has been completed.


Lecture to NAA members on Aging, by Steven Price. 

  • This grant funded the limited expenses of inviting a national speaker on aging, for the Annual NAA Conference. The project has been completed.


The Effects of Compulsory Interest Arbitration on Reaching Impasse and on Wage Levels: Evidence from a Unique Change in Canadian Laws, by Professor Chris Riddell. 

  • This research has examined the effects of compulsory interest arbitration on the likelihood of reaching impasse and on wage levels. The project is ongoing.


Research on Procrastination by Arbitrators (Do Labor and Employment Arbitrators Procrastinate?), by Professor Allen Ponak, Daphne Taras, and Piers Steel.

  • The grant surveyed active NAA arbitrators using a slightly modified version of the questionnaire used in a prior Canadian arbitrator survey. This questionnaire, which was psychometrically validated, measures arbitration on five discrete sub-scales: self-efficacy; need for achievement; lack of energy; susceptibility to temptation; and attention distractibility. The project has been completed.


Creation of two videos on employment arbitration and employment mediation, hosted by Professor Marick Masters, Edward Hartfield, and Darcie Brault of Wayne State University. 

  • This grant will develop a set of educational products to inform multiple audiences about the practice of employment mediation and arbitration.  The end products are (1) two videos on employment mediation and arbitration, respectively, and (2) accompanying instructional manuals that provide a “how to” approach to both processes. The project is ongoing.


Research on Employment Arbitration (Employment Arbitrators: Professionalization and Repeat Player Effects), by Professor Mark Gough of Penn State University and Professor Kyle Albert of Harvard University. 

  • This research explores how arbitrators at different stages of their careers effectively build their practices and attract clients.  The project seeks to expand on the existing empirical literature by asking employment arbitrators directly to comment on the observed statistical differences between repeat and non-repeat players. The project is ongoing.


The Art and Science of Arbitration, by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

  • This documentary video explores the history and value of labor arbitration. The project has been completed.


The Case of Nurse Kevin, by Penn State University’s Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations (PSU LSER), in cooperation with several of its alumni and adjunct faculty.

  • This video demonstrates a labor arbitration concerning the discharge of a hospital nurse for alleged misconduct. The video includes a manual for instructors. The project has been completed.


Future proposals

By year-end 2019, the REF will be issuing several notices of funding opportunities (NOFO) for potential researchers and practitioners.