HROM, EEO Office Frequently Asked Questions: Building 2004, Room 132 Q: Do I have to use the ADR process? Quantico, VA 22134 A: Mediation (ADR) is a voluntary process. POC: Paula Bedford Q: If I try ADR, do I lose my rights Email: email@example.com under the Negotiated Agreement or the EEO complaint process? Phone: (703) 784-2946 A: No. Parties may stop the ADR process at any time and return to the appropriate traditional method of dispute resolution. Q: How can I find out more about ADR? A: Contact your local Equal ADR Employment Opportunity Office. Q: Who can initiate an ADR process? A: Employees, managers, unions. Alternative Dispute Resolution Workplace issues slowing your productivity…try ADR for win/win results! AWARDED TO DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY “Positive Solutions Want to Learn More About The HRSC East Conflict ADR? for You” Resolution Center provides our mediators. They are a two time Visit the following web sites: winner of the Mediator of the Year Award and they have one www.adr.navy.mil of the highest success rates in www.opm.gov the Navy. Benefits of Using ADR What is ADR? (Alternative ADR is Appropriate For: Dispute Resolution) •Confidential •Workplace disputes It is an alternate method for •Maintains Work Relationships •Administrative Grievances resolving disputes and problems •It’s not about fault or blame, it’s outside of the traditional process of •EEO Complaints about results grievances, EEO complaints, and •Discipline issues litigation. Mediation is the ADR •Improves communications process most commonly used by Navy •Union Issues (IAW Collective •Provides “Real Time” response to the and Marine Corps. Bargaining Agreement) issues involved •Reaching consensus in a working •Promotes creative solutions group •Less expensive •Fast What is Mediation? ADR Program Guidelines A voluntary ADR process in which a trained, certified neutral person Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996 facilitates discussions between two or more parties to help them arrive at a ADR SECNAVINST 5800.13A mutually agreeable resolution of a “Alternative Dispute Resolution” dispute. DoD Directive 5145.5 “Alternative When to Use Mediation Dispute Resolution” 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1614 •When parties want to restore or Goal of ADR maintain an effective working Getting Started •Resolve disputes and conflicts at relationship. earliest stage feasible •When there is a desire to retain Contact Paula Bedford, Headquarters decision-making authority over the Marine Corps Dispute Resolution •Resolve disputes quickly outcome of the situation rather than Manager, to discuss using the ADR •Resolve disputes inexpensively give it to a third party. process. You may also go to •A commitment to move from a fixed www.adr.navy.mil to obtain additional position and generate solutions has information. been demonstrated by the parties.
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