CASE PROCESSING PROCEDURES; LIMITATION PERIOD FOR FILING CHARGE – Statutory and Equitable Tolling
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1101.06000 – Statutory and Equitable Tolling
The statute of limitations is tolled during the period of time the parties are utilizing a non-binding dispute resolution procedure if: (1) the procedure is contained in a written agreement negotiated by the parties; (2) the procedure is being used to resolve the same dispute that is the subject of the unfair practice charge; (3) the charging party reasonably and in good faith pursues the procedure; and (4) tolling does not frustrate the purpose of the statutory limitation period by causing surprise or prejudice to the respondent. Six-month limitations period was not equitably tolled because the dispute was different. The dispute in the grievance concerned the termination of an employee whereas the Union’s unfair practice charge alleged a unilateral change of the memorandum of understanding.