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Decode the complexities of workplace rules and regulations. Understand what the labor law requires and how to interpret collective bargaining agreements. You may not be a lawyer, but this course will outline common legal and contractual pitfalls while providing key strategies for reaching agreements.


Key Course Takeaways

  • Understand key differences between US labor laws, including the NLRA, RLA, and public sector statutes. Delve into the reasons for these discrepancies and their strategic impact on both employers and unions. 
  • Recognize and avoid unfair labor practices and bad-faith bargaining. Understand the “dos and don’ts” of each stage of employee unionization, from organizing to operating to negotiating. 
  • Identify the different ways impasse is handled under various labor laws (e.g. strikes, mediation, fact-finding). Explore their impact on bargaining power and strategy. 
  • Learn how to interpret collective bargaining agreements and anticipate arbitration results. Mitigate ambiguities in the contract interpretation and ensure clear enforcement.
  • Understand the role of past practices, and how they are used by arbitrators to interpret collective bargaining agreements. Provide strategic advice about future management practices.


Who Should Enroll

  • HR and labor relations professionals
  • Managers and executives working in a union environment
  • Attorneys involved in collective bargaining
  • Union officials involved in collective bargaining

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