- Denials of sick leave, annual leave, and LWOP;
-AWOL charges; and
-Any other matter mutually agreed upon.

A.  The parties agree that the primary purpose of this supplemental arbitration procedure is to provide a swift and economical method for the resolution of identified disputes.  The parties agree to take positive action to see that this purpose is fulfilled; and, in addition the arbitrator shall have the authority to take steps necessary to see that the purpose is fulfilled.

The hearing shall be informal.

No briefs shall be filed or transcripts made.

There shall be no formal evidence rules.

Normally, at least two (2) cases a day will be scheduled and heard.

The hearing shall be scheduled not more than ten (10) days after notification to the arbitrator. If the designated arbitrator is not available to conduct a hearing within ten (10) days, the next panel member in rotation shall be notified until an available arbitrator is obtained.

B.  A single case should normally not require more than four (4) hours to be heard with each party being allowed up to two (2) hours to examine witnesses and make opening and closing statements.  The arbitrator shall ensure that the length of the hearing is not unnecessarily extended because of irrelevant or repetitious testimony. The arbitrator may also waive the time limits for good and sufficient reasons.

C.  The arbitrator may issue a bench decision at the hearing but, in any event, the arbitrator shall render the decision within forty-eight (48) hours after conclusion of the hearing. This decision shall be based on the record developed by the parties before and at the hearing and shall include a brief written explanation of the decision.

D. The arbitrator's decision shall be final and binding on both parties.  However, either party may file an exception to the arbitrator's award in accordance with applicable law and regulations.