Alternative Dispute Resolution Voluntary Program
Invitation to Participate in Settlement Facilitation of Disciplinary Actions
SPO has a voluntary ADR program that provides an effective, confidential alternative to potentially disruptive, time-consuming and expensive litigation of disciplinary actions! It can work for you!
- Free to parties
- Administrative proceedings are placed “on-hold” during the time the appeal is in ADR
- Early and complete resolution relatively quickly
- Experienced facilitators who are truly neutral and not involved in any other aspect of processing the administrative appeal
- Completely confidential – all ADR records are destroyed after the process, except for any agreement by the parties
ADR is an alternative approach to resolving employment disputes in a more cost and time-effective manner. It can reduce or eliminate litigation expenses and is consistent with good business practices. ADR is a process in which a neutral third party, the facilitator, helps the parties to explore options and reach a mutually acceptable resolution which serves their unique interests.
ADR sessions are conducted at no cost to you by skilled, experienced facilitators. The process is informal and confidential. The proceedings are non-adversarial and the sessions are not recorded. ADR does not involve litigation, and no attorney is required, although the parties may have their attorneys present if they wish. Participants speak informally, on their own behalf. Participation in ADR (and any agreement) does not constitute an admission. Settlements are recognized by SPO as fully resolving the administrative appeal.
During the ADR session each party explains their view of the problem and what they believe is necessary to resolve the dispute. The facilitator will then assist the participants in reaching a resolution which is satisfactory to all those involved. Your agreement to participate in ADR does not mean that you have agreed to settle the dispute or to pay any monies. ADR allows the parties to forge solutions that work for them. Sometimes ADR is the best way to preserve or build a better working or parting relationship. To participate, you need only an open mind to the possibility of resolution.
If you would like to participate in ADR, simply complete the attached forms and return them via FAX to (505) 476-7727 or via mail to the above address, ATTN: Annette Lopez. We are always available to answer questions about the ADR process.