Management Rights Policy for Collective Bargaining Agreement
Author: Jessica Sussman
When to Use
Employers should include a provision in a collective bargaining agreement that expressly reserves certain rights and responsibilities to management. Further, employers should notify employees that the exercise of these rights and responsibilities may not be the subject of negotiations, grievances, or arbitrations at any time during the course of their employment. Establishing management rights in a written and published policy will place employees on notice of what to expect from management in order to avoid potential conflict.
A management rights policy should be communicated to employees when provided with the collective bargaining agreement. The employer should require that employees sign and acknowledge that they have received and understand the policy. The policy should be referred to whenever there is a question regarding management's rights.