United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Pre-Investigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (NUREG/BR-0313, Revision 1)

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Date Published: August 2010

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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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Introduction

Following the congressional endorsement of the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) by Federal agencies, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) established the pre-investigation ADR program (commonly called the NRC's "Early ADR" program) in 2004. The NRC's Early ADR program provides an individual and his or her employer (or former employer) the opportunity to resolve the individual's allegation of discrimination through mediation rather than fully litigate the discrimination allegation or have the NRC initiate an investigation into the allegation of discrimination. Mediation is an informal and voluntary process between an individual and his or her employer (or former employer) in which a trained mediator works with the parties to help them settle their dispute. Early resolution of discrimination allegations tends to preserve relationships and generally promotes a safety conscious work environment by facilitating timely and amicable resolution of discrimination concerns without resorting to prolonged litigation and unnecessary expenses. The resolution of technical safety concerns or other allegations (e.g., "chilling effect" or wrongdoing type concerns) are not within the scope of the NRC's Early ADR program and cannot be the subject of any settlement agreement. If an individual has a concern other than an allegation of discrimination, such other allegation(s) may be filed with the NRC by calling (800) 695-7403 or visiting www.nrc.gov.

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