Effective Employee Discipline (LR101)

Your disciplinary decisions are subject to rigorous scrutiny. If you’re involved in formulating or implementing disciplinary decisions, you must have command of the principles of progressive discipline, and a solid understanding of the best practices for administering discipline. This workshop teaches you how to:

  • Analyze discipline problems
  • Conduct disciplinary interviews
  • Prepare a disciplinary memorandum
  • Respond effectively and appropriately to disciplinary problems
  • Define and determine just cause

Key Topics

  • Defining progressive discipline
  • An employee’s right to union representation
  • 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
  • Discipline for off-duty or off-premises misconduct

Special Features

During this two-day workshop, experienced arbitrators and labor relations professionals will provide you with practical knowledge and insight about the employee discipline process.

Who Will Benefit

Labor relations, human resource, operations supervisors, and managers involved in the administration of employee discipline.


Michael Wittenberg

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.

Martin F. Scheinman, Esq.

Martin F. Scheinman, Esq., Arbitrator, Martin F. Scheinman, Esq., has decided more than 10,000 cases in his 20 years as an arbitrator in the private sector in health care, broadcasting, retail, transportation, manufacturing, and wholesale industries. He also has extensive experience in the municipal and education sectors. He is author of Evidence and Proof in Arbitration.

Ellen Gallin Procida

Ellen Gallin Procida is the Director of the United Federation of Teacher's Grievance and Arbitration Department, representing approximately 200,000 members, where she has either advocated or supervised advocates in over a thousand arbitration cases. She also co-leads the UFT's legendary advocates training program; which teaches UFT members how to first-chair arbitration cases. Over the last 16 years she has trained hundreds of arbitration advocates. 


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