The Grievance Committee provides the initial review of ethics complaints and arbitration requests. The Committee shall consider if the filing is in acceptable form, if the appropriate parties are named, if the filing is timely, and determine if the allegations, taken as true on their face, warrants a hearing before the Professional Standards Committee.
The Grievance Committee shall have at least 37 members and shall be split into three groups, Grievance Committee I, Grievance Committee II, and Grievance Committee III. The members of the committee shall be appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors, for staggered three (3) year terms. The President of the Association will designate annually the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of each group.
Grievance Committee I meets the first Wednesday of every month. Grievance Committee II meets the third Wednesday of every month. Grievance Committee III meets every other month on a date set by the Chairperson. Members are asked to arrive to the meeting at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to review dockets.
REQUIREMENTS TO SERVE:
To be eligible to serve on the Committee, members must complete annual professional standards training and must be an active board member for at least two (2) years prior to appointment. Any committee member missing two (2) meetings without excuse acceptable to the Chair shall be removed from the Committee and the vacancy filled by the President. In the event there are not enough candidates who satisfy the criteria established, the President shall appoint members most closely fit the criteria established.
Candidates will apply via application. Upon application, invitation will be sent to attend PROCESS:required training. Selections will occur by the February meeting of the Board of Directors and notification of appointment will be made no later than March 1st of every year. Committee years are March 1st through February 28th (29th for leap years).
While the Grievance Committee has meetings, it does not hold hearings, does not decide whether members have violated the Code of Ethics (except for citation complaints), and does not dismiss ethics complaints because of lack of evidence. Complainants are not required to prove their case upon submission of their ethics complaint or arbitration request.
**The Grievance Committee does not mediate or arbitrate business disputes.*The Grievance Committee is governed by the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual and MIBOR’s COEAM Supplemental Policies.