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RJ Article McDonald, John M. Restorative justice in the workplace.
Workplaces experience all the highs and lows of any system of relationships. When problems emerge, our first response as staff is often to lodge a grievance. As managers we feel we need to know who has done what to whom and what we need to do to get things back on track. The Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures sets out principles for handling grievances but, grievance systems are designed to deal with disputes, not conflicts, and can escalate the differences rather than resolve them. (excerpt)
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Can bullying be mediated?
from Tom Sebok's article at Workplace Bullying Institute: This question has arisen recently because the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Alternative Dispute Resolution Consortium (ADRC) have recommended that colleges and universities provide mediation as an option for faculty who feel bullied by their colleagues. Workplace bullying as defined by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI – see below) seems to me to rarely be negotiable - or mediable – especially to those experiencing it. However, based in large part on my involvement in helping establish a restorative justice program at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the late 1990’s, I believe there are two specific practices from that tradition that could be used to facilitate meaningful and potentially even healing encounters in these situations. These practices differ from the more familiar forms of mediation and the conditions required for success are very specific. As a university ombuds I have found mediation is often an effective way to help staff and faculty to manage and/or resolve workplace disputes. Sometimes both people have the same concern(s) and sometimes their concerns differ. But in most disputes I have mediated, both parties seemed to contribute fairly equally to the creation of the dispute. As a result, they could usually participate fairly equally in developing solutions. And agreements they made to resolve their disputes – even when they included relationship issues such as respect, trust, or communication - usually seemed balanced, as well.
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Brady encourages Magdalene survivors in talks with church
from Genevieve Carbery and Patsy McGarry's entries in Irishtimes.com.: Primate of All-Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady has encouraged Magdalene survivors in their efforts to establish dialogue with religious congregations. The cardinal met representatives of advocacy group Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) for two hours at his residence in Armagh on Thursday evening. He said yesterday it was a welcome opportunity to listen to the perspective of the JFM on “the story of the involvement of church, State and society in the former Magdalene laundries”. “By today’s standards much of what happened at that time is difficult to comprehend,” he said.
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File Brookes, Derek. 2009. Restorative Justice and Work–Related Death: Consultation Transcripts. St. Kilda: Creative Ministries Network.
This document is the companion volume to Restorative Justice and Work-Related Death: Consultation Report (Creative Ministries Network, 2009). It contains the full transcripts of the interviews upon which the analysis in that Report was based. For an explanation of its contents and purpose, please see Section A. of the Report. (excerpt)
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File Brookes, Derek. 2008. Restorative Justice and Work‐Related Death: A Literature Review. St. Kilda: Creative Ministries Network.
This literature review is the first stage of a project funded by the Legal Services Board to consider “Can restorative justice better heal bereaved families and workplace grief after a work‐related death, and contribute to improve workplace safety?”
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File Brookes, Derek. 2009. Restorative Justice and Work–Related Death: Consultation Report. St. Kilda: Creative Ministries Network.
This Report is part of a wider project that aims to explore the feasibility of a restorative justice service in the context of work-related deaths in Victoria. This section provides an overview of the Report and the way in which it has developed. (excerpt)
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Restorative Justice and Work-Related Death
by Dr. Derek R. Brookes This research project was initiated by the Creative Ministries Network (CMN), which is based in Victoria, Australia. CMN have provided grief-support for family members bereaved by work-related death for more than ten years. Their extensive experience found that the grieving process was prolonged and intensified by how the legal system and other agencies dealt with work-related fatalities. In searching for solutions, the agency was inspired to examine restorative justice (RJ), mainly because they had witnessed the healing that resulted from several (self-arranged) meetings between families and company representatives. CMN subsequently applied for a grant from the Legal Services Board of Victoria to explore the feasibility of RJ in this context, and I was contracted as the principal researcher. The project consisted of two parts. The first involved a literature review, which sought to explore and clarify the kind of issues that might be faced in this context. This included addressing: (1) whether it would be fair and reasonable to invite a company director, manager or worker to take responsibility for their part in a work-related death – even where no personal criminal liability has been (or can be) established; (2) whether RJ can provide any distinctive benefits to those affected; and (3) how best to situate RJ vis-à-vis the legal process.
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Restorative justice in the workplace
from the entry on Mediation Services: Yet, studies show that the best places to work in North America have not attained that ranking by policies. In fact, some of them have one page of policy – and that page focuses on values and not on dos and don’ts. It starts with hiring the people, first and foremost, with the right values and attitudes, and then ensuring they have the skills necessary to complete their task. So, what does this have to do with restorative principles? Everything! If an organization wants to be a fabulous place to work, they have to figure out what their values are – and often the best places to work have values consistent with restorative principles – respect, honesty, willingness to hold others accountable and be held accountable, ability to take responsibility for one’s actions, the rare and necessary skill of thinking outside the box, curiosity, loyalty to a team, commitment to working with others …
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RJ Article Editor. Mediation and workplace conferencing: how the restorative justice unit can be involved in the resolution of departmental workplace conflict
Commissioner’s Memorandum 02/35 indicated the Board’s intention that the resources of the Restorative Justice Unit (RJU) should be utilised in putting policies for the handling of grievances and bullying into practice. In respect of the Grievance Management Policy and Guidelines, the Board determined that the Restorative Justice Unit is considered “especially skilled in dispute resolution” and should be available to assist grievance managers and to conduct dispute resolution sessions. (excerpt)
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The promise of restorative justice: New approaches for criminal justice and beyond
reviewed by Martin Wright It is becoming increasingly clear that the principles of restorative justice can be used, as the editors say, outside the formal criminal justice system, and this book bears witness to that. Half is about criminal justice, and half about other applications in schools and elsewhere. The contributors reflect the book’s origins among a group at Fresno Pacific University in California, but other chapters come from Bulgaria, Canada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
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