Grievance Process

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Employment Law Letter - Spring 2016

Will Smoking Pot on the Job Get You Fired? You’d think that would be a slam dunk question, but if you’re a state employee whose union is willing to take your case to an arbitrator, apparently it isn’t. Back in 2012,...more

Open Discussion of Pending Grievances Permitted At School Board Meetings

Abington Heights School District (Case No. PERA-C-11-221-E) (Pa. LRB 2015) (Decided December 15, 2015). A Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board hearing examiner determined that the District was permitted to openly discuss...more

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Educational Employers Are Not Required to Arbitrate “Do Not Hire” Designation

When the Chicago Board of Education refused to arbitrate grievances concerning its “do not hire” policy, it did not violate the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act according to the Illinois Supreme Court. This case...more

Don't Be a Punchline in a B-Horror Movie: When Entering into Settlement Agreements, Make Sure the Claims are Really Dead and...

(Spoiler alert) The 1958 cult classic “The Blob”, starring a 28-year-old Steve McQueen, ends with the villainous mass incapacitated, frozen, and dropped into the Arctic Ocean. It seems that humanity is saved. However, just...more

A Non-Material Threat

In Brandon v. Sage Corp., No. 14-51320 (5th Cir. Dec. 10, 2015), the Fifth Circuit addressed whether a threat to cut a supervisor’s pay in half was, by itself, a “materially adverse employment action.” The plaintiff was a...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – December 4, 2015

Dear Legal Mailbag: I was surprised the other day to receive a grievance from one of my teachers. This fellow is constantly complaining about this and that, and so I was not surprised that he would file a grievance....more

How to Deal with Grievances During Disciplinary Procedures

Could UK Employers Risk an Unfair Dismissal Claim if They Do Not Pause the Process? One issue which can trouble HR professionals is how to deal with a grievance lodged by an employee during the course of a disciplinary...more

HHS’S New Anti-Discrimination Regulation Proposal Explained – Part 2

This is the second part in a two-part series about the HHS’s proposed anti-discrimination regulations - Gender Identity. Another area addressed in the regulations is “gender identity,” which refers to an...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 5, Number 4: HHS’s New Anti-Discrimination Regulation Proposal, Explained

In September, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed anti-discrimination regulations that, if adopted, change the playing field in which physicians and other healthcare providers practice. These...more

The Appropriate Punishment for Actual and Perceived Threats in the Workplace-Take Two; the Appellate Court (Sensibly) Speaks

Last year, I wrote about an unsuccessful attempt to vacate a puzzling arbitration award that overturned the termination of a school custodian who made threats of violence. In a decision that was officially issued on October...more

California Court of Appeal Rules in Favor of Public Entity Employer: No Forum Shopping for California Public Entity Employees

In a recent unpublished case, the California Court of Appeal ruled a public civil service commission decision on a worker’s employment claims precluded him from relitigating his claims in a civil action. According to the...more

Neutral arbitrators in sports: What makes it fair?

"Neutrality has been defined as a state of mind, a certain distance that the arbitrator establishes vis-a-vis his or her legal, political and religious background.” It is not a concept that it necessarily grounded in...more

NLRB Removes Blanket Exemption on Mandatory Disclosure for Witness Statements. What’s an Employer To Do?

The NLRB recently reversed 37 years of precedent in deciding to adopt a new standard for a union’s access to witness statements taken in pre-grievance arbitration employer investigations. For years, under the blanket...more

Another lesson about clarity in settlements: employer may file WSIB appeal after mediated settlement, despite union’s objection

An employer’s appeal challenging a departed employee’s workers’ compensation entitlements may proceed, despite being filed after the employer, union and employee reached a settlement at mediation. The union had filed...more

CMS Proposes Overhaul of Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Rules

On May 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to overhaul the regulations governing Medicaid managed care and make conforming changes to the rules that...more

Federal Case Update| Mail and Carrier

Court Dashes Postmaster General’s Hopes That New Argument to Avoid Administrative Arbitration, Not Raised Below, Is Unwaivable Because It Goes to Subject-Matter Jurisdiction - Ruiz v. Donahoe - 2015 WL 1811810...more

HR Letter Had Contractual Effect

In Hershaw v Sheffield City Council UKEAT/0033/14/BA, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether a grievance outcome letter from an HR consultant setting out better terms of pay for the aggrieved employees was...more

NLRB ALJ Rules That An Interim Grievance Procedure Does Not Require An Arbitration Option

In a decision issued last week, an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) ruled that an interim grievance procedure between an employer and a newly-certified union did not have to...more

Grievance Process Killed Retaliation Claim

A recent decision on a Workers Compensation retaliation claim shows a hidden value for employer-union grievance processes. In Macon v. UPS, No. 12-3080 (10th Cir. February 19, 2014), the plaintiff claimed that when he...more

UK Employment Law Update: Be Careful With Your Employment Procedures

This OnPoint reports on two recent UK employment law decisions which remind employers of the perils of failing to comply with appropriate procedures in relation to the conduct of disciplinary, grievance and other matters....more

Recent Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Decision Finds that Grievance Process Communications are Privileged

A grievance process is designed to promptly resolve workplace disputes by encouraging a frank and open dialogue between the parties. Accordingly, Arbitrators have long held that communications exchanged in the grievance...more

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