PSLR Certificate Program Course Offerings

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 Schedule

Fall 2020 | Spring 2021

Fall 2020 Semester - Online classes

Public Sector Labor Law

Thursday, October 1st, 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.

Public Sector Collective Bargaining
Friday, November 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Beth Hennessy-Shotter, Esq., J.D.
This course will cover the history of public sector unionism and an overview of the theory and practice of collective public sector representation and bargaining in the United States since the 1960's. Are public sector unions the same as or different from private sector unions? In what ways? With what consequences? Are they essential to our democracy or obstacles to it?
PERC Procedures & Rules
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Thursday, December 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructors: Mary Beth Hennessey-Shotter, Esq., J.D. and Jonathon L. Roth, Esq., J.D.
This 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 negotiation issues, notices of impasse requesting mediation, as well as petitions requesting interest and grievance arbitration.

Spring 2021 Semester

Public Sector Grievance Handling & Discipline
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Friday, January 22nd, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce Klein, Esq., J.D.
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.

Scope of Public Sector Negotiations
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Friday, February 26th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Christine Lucarelli-Carneiro, 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 affected the issues that can and must be the subjects of collective negotiations and grievance arbitration. Also, how PERC decides the scope in particular cases.

Public Sector Contract Interpretation
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Friday, March 19th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Steven Weissman, Esq., J.D.
How the meaning and enforceability of contract language negotiated under the N.J. Employer-Employee Relations Act has evolved 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.