The Supervisor's Toolbox: Management Rights, Communication, Discipline and the Represented Workforce

Public sector employee supervision is complex and challenging.  Supervisors must exercise judgment and discretion, but must be aware of limitations on authority.  State and federal laws impose many of those limitations.  Rules, policies and ordinances adopted by the agency raise other limitations.  The duty to meet and confer – and the resulting agreed upon labor provisions – also limit supervisors' discretion. 

This workbook discusses supervisors' discretionary rights and legal obligations.  It is imperative that supervisors understand management rights – and the distinct limitations on that concept – as well as collective bargaining, effective communication techniques, the disciplinary process in public employment and how to respond to grievances.  In our experience representing public agencies, these issues present the greatest challenges faced by supervisors in carrying out their job responsibilities.

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