Cornell University

Contract Language and Interpretation LR404

Not currently offered

This program currently has no scheduled dates.

Whether they are administering contract language or proposing language at the bargaining table, this workshop is designed to provide labour relations practitioners with a solid, practical understanding of what contract language means and how it will likely be interpreted by an arbitrator in the event of a contract language dispute. This one-day workshop covers:

  • A methodology for analyzing contract language disputes
  • Standards used by arbitrators in contract interpretation cases
  • Key and required contract clauses in collective bargaining agreements
  • Principles of contract interpretation
    • Determining how language is construed
    • Arbitrators' views on contract language
  • The role and impact of past practice
    • Standards for defining/proving a binding past practice
    • The impact of past practice on the meaning of contract language
    • Estoppel and the Termination of a past practice
  • Preserving management's rights
    • Understanding the source of management's rights
    • Understanding residual rights
    • How management's rights can be affected by contract language or past practices
  • Drafting contract language
    • How to write contract language that means what you intended
    • Common drafting mistakes

Special Features

Case study practice in contract interpretation and drafting and the opportunity to hear an arbitrator's view

Who Will Benefit

Labour relations/human resource professionals involved in the administration or negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.

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 Labour Relations Customized Programs for your organization.