Workplace Mediation Articles
Rather than trying to micromanage and control when I got to use the weight machines or a bench, I wanted serenity and harmony instead of getting my way at others’ expense.
(1/20/17)F. Peter Phillips
As has been widely reported, the Supreme Court has granted certiorari to review three conflicting decisions among the circuits on the enforceability of an employer’s unilaterally promulgated waiver of employees’ right to participate in collective redress.
Millions of men and women of all ages, ethnic, and racial backgrounds all
across the U.S. hate going to work, gradually fall into despair and often
become gravely ill. Some flee from jobs they used to love, others endure
the situation unable to figure a way out.
(1/03/17)Dr. Lynne C. Halem
The question to be answered by all parents—separated or divorced parents, married or unmarried—is: How will the child’s college education be funded? In short, who will pay and how much?
Problems that arise in running a family business sometimes manifest themselves as legal claims.
As a business owner a lawsuit can be a stressful situation. Fortunately, you have options, even when a dispute appears headed for the courtroom. By working with an experienced mediator, you gain hope of steering a business disaster toward an agreeable — and even amicable — resolution.
This article discusses why revenge doesn’t solve workplace resentments.
Internal conflict resolution systems save huge amounts of money for their organizations.
This is a diagnosis for workplace mediators to include in their trainings.
Dealing with disputes effectively is indisputably a core skill for any manager.
(11/16/16)Christiane Rosenbaum, David Weiss
This is an editorial on real time updates on where we stand on significant policy initiatives affecting the cross border mediation process and what both the ADR and business community should be briefed on.
The new Department of Education rules include significant provisions restricting school arbitration agreements.
Training to be a mediator is very popular particularly for people who have been made redundant and are looking for alternative stimulating and rewarding employment. And quite right too because being a mediator is deeply satisfying work!
Are you sick of people discussing politics at work? Or are you one of those folks who can’t seem to stop talking about the candidates?
A recent article in Forbes (10/1/16) includes some really dismaying statistics about management communication and training. Here are three.
Imagine two parties locked in a bitter and acrimonious dispute that has gone through six years of hotly contested litigation. At issue are the ownership and control of at least a dozen commercial and residential properties valued in the tens of millions of dollars.
The author is hopeful that mediators, participants, and attorneys will re-examine the trend of late intervention, lawyer-centric mediation and bring pro-active, early mediation back as one of the important focuses of the mediation field.
When friction enters a working relationship, sometimes the best path through isn’t to talk it out. Sometimes the best path through is an indirect one — ask for a favor. Here’s how the Ben Franklin Effect works.
I recently had a chance to talk with Lainey Feingold, the author of a great new book on negotiation, which she describes below.
Think about the last time that someone asked us how things were going? We probably responded with, “pretty good, you know…keeping pretty busy!”
“That’s not my problem” are four of the most frustrating words to hear when you’re trying to talk through a conflict.
When disagreements at work are unresolved, one of the unfortunate outcomes can be long lasting workplace feuds.
Everybody seems to be angry lately, and a lot of people are writing about it.
(8/19/16)F. Peter Phillips
The ABA Business Law Section has about 50 substantive committees, many of which include subcommittees addressing dispute resolution in their field. In the past several months, many members of these various entities undertook a collaborative effort to “cut across the solos.”
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An article, from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation entitled “Salary Negotiations”, focuses on negotiating the best salary possible, some of its points are equally applicable to negotiations in general.