Effective Discipline: Best Practices for a Unionized Environment LR101
Your disciplinary decisions are subject to rigorous scrutiny. As a result, anyone involved in formulating or implementing disciplinary decisions must have command of the principles of progressive discipline as well as a solid understanding of the best practices for administering discipline. At this workshop, experienced arbitrators and labor relations professionals will provide you with practical knowledge and insight about the discipline process. You will learn how to:
- Analyze discipline problems
- Conduct disciplinary interviews
- Prepare a disciplinary memorandum
- Respond effectively and appropriately to disciplinary problems
- Define and determine just cause
- What is progressive discipline?
- Key points in handling disciplinary interviews
- An employee's right to union representation
- Guidelines for preparing warning notices
- Identifying and establishing a "past practice"
- How past practices affect the disciplinary process
- Criteria used by arbitrators in deciding discipline cases
- Guidance for handling excessive absenteeism and alcohol and drug abuse cases
- When an employer can discipline for off-duty or off-premises misconduct
Who Will Benefit
Labor relations, human resource, operations supervisors and managers involved in the administration of discipline
Open enrollment workshops can be taken individually or as part of a certificate in Contract Administration Studies or Collective Bargaining Studies. They are also available as Labor Relations Customized Programs for your organization.
Dan McCray, Esq., Director of Labor Relations Programs and Deputy Director, Cornell University's Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, develops and administers Conflict Resolution, Labor Relations and Municipal Recovery programs at Cornell ILR School and the Scheinman Institute in New York City. Mr. McCray practiced Labor, Education and Municipal Law for 15 years in New York City, Nassau County and the District of Columbia, and served as Director of Labor Relations for DC Public Schools, Nassau County, and the New York City Department of Education.
Michael Wittenberg, Labor Relations Consultant, has 30 years of experience in all aspects of labor relations. He represents Westchester County (New York) and other municipalities in the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. Formerly, Mr. Wittenberg was the Director of Labor Relations for Westchester Country. Mr. Wittenberg is a member of the Board of Advisors at Cornell University's Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution.