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No one likes to leave a perfectly good job, but, sometimes, conflict at work makes you feel there's no other option.

And if you've been subject to workplace conflict, it's easy to feel like you're the only one who has had to endure such terrible work conditions.

But, you're not alone.

A time to build up, a time to break down. A time to dance, a time to mourn. A time to cast away stones. A time to gather stones together. To everything - turn, turn, turn. There is a season - turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under heaven. (Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds)
Nationwide mediation and dispute resolution specialist, Fair Way Resolution Limited has launched a building and construction dispute resolution service. Fair Way’s new service will further extend its current provision of dispute resolution services between builders, other contractors involved in building houses and home owners. The service is a quick and inexpensive alternative to going to court.
The Family Dispute Resolution Act 2013 (“the Act”) provides for four possible outcomes when parties seek to have Family Dispute Resolution mediation. These outcomes are prescribed by section 12 of the Act.
Fair Way appeared before the Health Select Committee at Parliament on Wednesday 4th November and made an oral submission on why the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill could be further strengthened, and its goals supported, through the inclusion of a dispute resolution provision. Jennifer Dickinson Mahony represented Fair Way in making the submission.
The recipient of the inaugural $10,000 Fair Way Resolution Anne Scragg Scholarship for 2015 is Matthew Gale from Auckland. Currently a Master of Laws candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, Matthew’s entry for the award entitled “Mediation and the Civil Justice Gap” explored the interplay between courts, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and the challenges associated with a surging tide of people looking for justice.
By now everyone in the judicial branch in every state knows that we are experiencing an explosion of unrepresented persons appearing in the courts of general jurisdiction of this country. We know that they impose major burdens on judges, court staff, and on court processes.
In early 2014, the Ministry of Justice launched Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) as a new out-of-court service for families needing assistance in reaching care arrangements for children. FDR encourages parents - with the assistance of a specialist mediator - to resolve care arrangements themselves. The Family Dispute Resolution Act 2013 (“FDR Act”) provides for exemption from attending FDR in certain circumstances, and the Operational Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Justice categorises parents in prison as being exempt. If a party is exempt from FDR then the option for them is to make an application to the Family Court for a Parenting Order.
In short, mediation may be a helpful tool to assist the FMA in meeting its regulatory objectives in taking civil enforcement proceedings. Given the changing regulatory environment, the FMA’s risk and harm based approach to enforcement,20 and the FMA’s desire to continue to use the appropriate regulatory response to harm,21 mediation may play a useful role in facilitating settlements and its use should be encouraged in appropriate instances.