North Carolina Grievances laws & HR compliance analysis

North Carolina Grievances: What you need to know

Grievances are usually thought of as the way for recognized unions and employers to settle their disagreements. Virtually all collective bargaining agreements have some type of grievance procedure language. However, these types of agreements are not for the exclusive use of unions. Many states provide for the settling of disagreements between employer and nonunion employee through arbitration or mediation. Also, many states distinguish between public and private employees and provide a different method of settling grievances for each.
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For private employers, many states allow the written language of the grievance procedure agreement to be controlling, similar to a contract; for public employers, the statutory language of a proper grievance procedure is strictly followed. However, if the language in a private agreement is contradictory to an applicable law, the law controls. If the grievance procedure agreement is silent on an issue, the law controlling that issue in a grievance procedure will apply. Both employers and employees benefit from grievance procedure agreements, as they are a fair and objective way to settle agreements without getting the courts involved. The general methods of settling grievances are mediation and arbitration.
North Carolina utilizes an Employment Mediation Bureau. The Bureau is designed to resolve conflicts between employers and their employees. Upon application by both parties, the Commissioner of Labor will assign a mediator to assist the parties in their collective bargaining process. When the parties are involved in a labor dispute, the Commissioner may assign a conciliator to help the parties settle the dispute. These efforts are voluntary and do not bind the ...

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North Carolina Grievances Resources

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