What is the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS)?

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is the nation’s largest independent public agency for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and conflict management, providing mediation and conflict resolution services in the private, public, and federal sectors.

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Dealing With Difficult People At Work

Conflict is a normal and natural part of human interaction, in the workplace and everywhere else.  Generally, the short-term cost of resolving conflict is negligible compared to the cost of leaving conflicts unresolved. Learn how to deal with difficult people at work to effectively resolve conflict.

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Incorporation of Collective Bargaining Agreement on Routine Form Insufficient

There were two circuit court decisions finding no binding agreement to arbitrate in a single week. The first found that terms emailed to internet customer after purchase are insufficient to create binding agreement to arbitrate. The other is a decision where an employer’s submission of forms to a union fund along with fringe benefits is held insufficient to compel that employer to arbitration with the fund.

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