NJ High Court Stresses Respect For Labor Arbitration Awards

Law360, New York (March 19, 2013, 5:29 PM EDT) -- Underscoring the deference given to arbitrator rulings in public employment contract disputes, the New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday backed an award forcing a town to reimburse police officers for increased copays for doctor visits under a state-run benefits program because the decision's correctness was “reasonably debatable.”

The justices waded into a battle between the East Rutherford Policemen’s Benevolent Association and the borough of East Rutherford, which in 2007 passed along an increased, $10 copay requirement under the State Health Benefits Plan to union members who...
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