PSLR Certificate Program Course Offerings


Fall | Spring
 

Fall 2013 Semester

Introduction to Public Sector Labor Law
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Course Code: PSLR-LLFL-2013-LEC
September 13th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: James Mastriani, M.S.
This course will explore the fundamentals of public sector labor law, with a special focus on the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act. Participants will receive an overview of key public sector legal concepts, practices, and procedures, with topics including the role of administrative agencies, scope of negotiations, representation cases, unfair practices, and impasse procedures.

PERC Procedures and Rules
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Course Code: PSLR-PRSP-2014-LEC
October 3rd, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Don Horowitz, Esq.
This introductory course will review the basic procedures for the filing of petitions and charges with PERC. Topics include filing unfair practice charges; and filing petitions regarding representation issues, scope of negotiations issues, notices of impasse requesting mediation, as well as petitions requesting interest and grievance arbitration.

Discipline and Grievance Handling in the Public Sector
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Course Code: PSLR-DGFL-2013-LEC
October 17th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce M. Klein, Esq.
This course will examine the grievance procedure, employee and employer rights and responsibilities, standards of just cause and their application to real life cases, and the burden of proof. Participants will discuss how to resolve grievances at the lowest level and will be given a brief overview of the arbitration hearing process.

Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector
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Course Code: PSLR-CNFL-2013-LEC
November 15th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Joel M. Weisblatt, Esq.
This introductory course provides the basic knowledge necessary to prepare for and conduct collective negotiations in the public sector. It will examine the structure of public sector bargaining, with a focus on recent trends; scope of negotiations; basic “costing out”; preparations for negotiations; and impasse procedures. Participants will receive useful tactical hints.

Conflict Resolution
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Course Code: PSLR-CRFA-13-LEC
December 12th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Saul A. Rubenstein, Ph.D.
Although labor relationships are rooted in underlying, fundamental conflicts of interest, there exist many techniques for reducing dysfunctional conflict. This class will expose participants to interest-based and other problem-solving techniques that can be used in grievances, at the bargaining table, and every day in the workplace. It also will examine models of labor-management cooperation in the public sector, and participants will learn through role playing and hands-on exercises.
 

Spring 2014 Semester

Public Sector Grievance Arbitration
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Course Code: PSLR-GASP-2014-LEC
January 31st, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Joan Parker, Ph.D.

Advanced Public Sector Grievance Arbitration
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Course Code: PSLR-ADVGAFL-2014-LEC
February 28th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Joan Parker, Ph.D.
This sequence of two courses is designed to increase the practitioner’s skills in preparing for and presenting grievance arbitration cases. Major subjects discussed include preparing for arbitration, the hearing, presenting a case, standards for just cause, evidence, criteria for contract interpretation, remedies, the arbitration decision, and different arbitration systems. This interactive class also includes a film.

Scope of Negotiations
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Course Code: PSLR-SNSP-2014-LEC
March 13th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Don Horowitz, Esq.
This course will address all aspects of the scope of negotiations in New Jersey’s public sector. It will trace the legislative, judicial, and PERC developments that have impacted the issues that can and must be the subjects of collective negotiations and grievance arbitration. The class will also examine how PERC decides the scope of negotiations in particular cases.

Contract Interpretation
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Course Code: 
PSLR-CISP-2014-LEC
April 11th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Steven Weissman, Esq. & Philip Stern, Esq.
This class will examine how the meaning and enforceability of contract language negotiated under the N.J. Employer-Employee Relations Act has evolved notably over the last 40 years, and how court decisions, arbitrators’ opinions, and PERC rulings have served to establish a set of principles and guidelines for negotiating binding contract language in the public sector. Participants will learn the processes and procedures of enforcing and interpreting contract provisions, from both labor and management perspectives.