Course Summary
Credit Type:
9 weeks
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Business Administration


The course objective is to equip participants with knowledge and skills essential to serve as employment mediators. A comprehensive blend of substantive employment law and training in mediation process and skills prepares participants to become qualified mediators for employment disputes. The program has three parts. The first four out of nine modules focus on substantive employment and labor laws. The remaining modules focus on meditation practices and related rules and policies. The course ends with practical exercises.

Learning Outcomes:

  • understand the roles and different characteristics of federal and state employment laws
  • understand the sources and evolution of employment law (including discrimination and labor laws)
  • be aware of employer responsibilities in complying with statutory law and regulations relating to their relationship with their employees (e.g. compliance with wage and hour laws, employee benefit laws, etc.);
  • recognize the scope of employment law, and how principles of employment law intersect with and impact other areas of the law
  • understand the role of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution venue
  • understand the role of the mediator in a mediation conference
  • conduct a mediation in accordance with applicable laws and rules (Uniformed Standard Mediation Act)
  • draft an agreement according to the terms agreed by the parties

General Topics:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Whistleblower Discrimination
  • The Employment Mediation Process: Pre-Mediation (Intake & Screening)
  • Opening Sessions
  • Caucuses
  • Exploring Interests
  • Working Through Impasse
  • Framing The Settlement
  • Practice Development, Approach, And Features
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Case Studies
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials