Arbitrator for Iowa Public Employment Relations Board Suspended

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An arbitrator for the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board has been suspended.

The decision stems from the handling of a case involving the firing of an administrative law judge.

The board found Attorney John Sandy’s written ruling in the case was full of mistakes, something Sandy admitted to during  a hearing in May.

“There were numerous mistakes in terms of typos and grammatical errors that are simply unacceptable,” said Sandy in May.

One thing the board didn’t consider while issuing its suspension was that Sandy billed the board for hours he didn’t work.Sandy accidentally made the admission after failing to turn off a tape recording following a deposition.

The arbitrator has been suspended for six months and his ruling in the case is also being appealed.

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