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Many question the authority of arbitrators to overturn discipline, handed down by a democratically elected or appointed police executive, citing the process lacks transparency and that the arbitrator is not accountable to the public. Others argue the only cases brought to arbitration are those with a lack of evidence or just cause for termination. Further suggested is that police officers are often reinstated because the department failed to build the proper case for discipline.

During this discussion, you will:

  • Gain foundational understanding of current law enforcement arbitration guidelines and recent legislative changes 
  • Discuss legal complexities pertaining to employment arbitration in “essential” public roles
  • Examine areas of challenge surrounding subjectivity of cases and Just Cause for termination
  • Exchange ideas on proposals for reform and system improvement
CLE Credits Applied for This Discussion

Sharon Sayles-Belton
Government Partnerships & Alliances Lead, Thomson Reuters
Joseph L. Daly
Emeritus Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Chief Mike Tusken
Chief of Police, Duluth MN
Isaac Kaufman
Manager and Lead Investigator, Red Cedar Consulting, LLC

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