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Employee Dispute Resolution Policy - 63.13

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Howard Community College (HCC) promotes relationships between the college and its employees that are based on common interest and mutual trust.  Nonetheless, dispute resolution procedures are necessary to govern disagreements and disputes that occur between employees and their supervisors or among employees.

Budgeted or temporary with benefits employees may file written grievances or complaints following the processes described in procedures 63.13.01 and 63.13.02, and the college will handle such grievances in accordance with those procedures.  Adjunct faculty or hourly/temporary employees may also file written grievances or complaints with their supervisor or the office of human resources; however, management is not bound to respond in accordance with 63.13.01 or 63.13.02.

Grievances may only be filed over job assignments, working conditions, or other management actions or decisions affecting workplace conditions.  Non-grievable issues include performance counseling, disciplinary actions, expiration of contracts, or general wage, benefit, and staffing issues affecting the college as a whole. Complaints that allege discrimination based on a protected status such as age, race, or gender should be filed in accordance with procedure 63.01.01.  Appeals of performance appraisals are handled under policy 63.05; suspensions and dismissals are handled under policy 63.12.

Persons filing grievances will be protected against reprisals by actions that are appropriate to the circumstances.

Effective Date:  11/11/16

President's Office Use:  VPAF

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