Disciplinary decisions are subject to rigorous scrutiny. If you're involved in formulating, implementing, or challenging disciplinary decisions, you must have command of the principles of progressive discipline as well as a solid understanding of the best practices for administering discipline.
Throughout this course, you will have the opportunity to interact with experienced arbitrators and labor relations professionals who will provide you with practical knowledge and insight about the employee discipline process. In between sessions, you will engage in exercises and thought-provoking discussions.
This course meets at the following dates and times:
- Tue, April 6, 2021, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
- Fri, April 9, 2021, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
- Tue, April 13, 2021, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
- Thu, April 15, 2021, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm ET
- Analyze discipline problems
- Examine the connection between conflict and discipline
- Be mindful of unconscious bias in the disciplinary process
- Conduct disciplinary interviews
- Prepare a disciplinary memorandum
- Respond effectively to disciplinary problems, applying basic conflict resolution skills as appropriate
- Define and determine just cause
How It Works
Martin F. Scheinman (ILR ’75, ’76, JD ’79 New York University) has 40 years of experience as a full-time ad hoc and contract labor-management, employment, business, and consumer arbitrator and mediator in disputes throughout the United States. In New York, he is the industry arbitrator in many settings, including nursing homes, newspapers, trucking and warehousing, education, government services, manufacturing, and transportation. Named in over 200 collective bargaining agreements, Mr. Scheinman has arbitrated over 20,000 disputes, served as fact finder and interest arbitrator in hundreds of cases, and conducted thousands of mediations. Amongst the high-profile cases he has been involved in, Mr. Scheinman mediated the Fox discrimination cases, the dispute between the owners of AriZona Iced Tea, the discrimination disputes at NYC Ballet, the hospital dispute in 2019 which impacted the largest hospital systems in the country, and the 2006 transit strike which crippled the New York City region. He also served as Chair of the Arbitration Board which decided the largest interest arbitration case in New York State history involving all of the educators in New York City, and he is the Chairman of the Interest Arbitration Panel for the thousands of healthcare workers and nurses employed by the Health and Hospital Corporation which oversees healthcare reform covering 1.2 million people.
Lawrence E. Becker (Larry) attended Albany State University and Brooklyn Law school. He has worked for the New York City Department of Education since 1979 where he started as an attorney in the Department’s Office of Legal Services, handling numerous discipline arbitrations and other matters.
In his career at the Department, Mr. Becker served as the Counsel to the Chancellor/Director of the Office of Legal Services, Chief Executive Officer of the Division of Human Resources and most recently as the Chief Executive for Labor Policy.
In his role as Counsel to the Chancellor and Director of the Office of Legal Services Larry supervised a staff of 30 attorneys responsible for all legal issues of the Department including human rights, employee discipline, special education and commercial matters. As head of the Division of Human Resources, he oversaw a 400-person division responsible for a variety of tasks including recruitment and on-boarding of staff, background investigations and health and welfare benefits for Department employees.
During the past several years Larry was a key member of the Department negotiating team for collective bargaining agreements with the United Federation of Teachers and the Council of Supervisors and Administrators working closely with the City Office of Labor Relations.
Larry recently retired but has continued to work for the Department in a consultant capacity. In addition, Larry has been an adjunct professor at Baruch College and Brooklyn College, and is currently an adjunct at Hunter College School of Education.
Who Should Enroll
- Union leaders
- HR and labor relations professionals
- Managers and executives working in a union environment