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Emma Hartman, Author at Pollack Peacebuilding Systems

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We’ve previously written about mediation being offered for juvenile court cases, but this story takes childhood and adolescence mediation a step further. Students at a Massachusetts middle school have the option to resolve conflicts by participating in mediation led by other students at their middle school. This student-led mediation seems to be popular, with 20...

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The spending package for the 2020 U.S. budget included an exciting focus on worldwide peacebuilding: the Global Fragility Act. What Is It? The Global Fragility Act was introduced in hopes that it will provide an approach to preventing conflict that will include all aspects of the U.S. government. Areas in conflicts, especially violent ones, can...

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In Scotland, an electrical trade association called Select has signed a pledge stating they will focus their efforts on addressing conflicts before they escalate.  What’s the Pledge? The Conflict Avoidance Pledge (CAP) was brought into existence by various professional organizations in the United Kingdom. Over 100 companies and organizations in the construction and engineering sectors...

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Youth in Wayne County, Michigan who find themselves in trouble with the law now have a new option: mediation. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced a partnership with local mediation experts at the Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center. Who’s Eligible? This program is not open to everyone. Juveniles must be first time offenders and the...

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Titus-Will, a popular Pacific Northwest auto dealer, will pay over one hundred thousand dollars in a disability lawsuit brought on by the EEOC.  What Happened? The company allegedly allowed one of their employees to take a day off in order to undergo an MRI exam of his head. The man’s managers asked about the results...

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We pride ourselves on having an incredible team here at Pollack Peacebuilding Systems, and so we decided to do a spotlight blog series that will feature all of the cool things our team is up to. The first interview was with Henry Yampolsky, one of our consultants who leads a yoga and mindfulness-based peacebuilding training...

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Does employee satisfaction within a company play a part in customer satisfaction? This article by Glassdoor (a popular website where employees and customers can review and rate companies) highlights this question, and the results are interesting, to say the least. Researchers within Glassdoor decided to compare Glassdoor’s data with data from the American Customer Satisfaction...

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Air France is flying to new heights, thanks to alternative methods of dispute resolution. The company turned to mediation following the introduction of the Macron Law of 2015, which provided the company the opportunity to step away from their culture of lawsuits.  Lawsuit Culture  Before they adopted mediation as a company policy for settling conflict,...

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Diversified Maintenance Systems, LLC is being sued by the EEOC for racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.  On top of paying three-quarters of a million dollars in damages, they will appoint a monitor that ensures they do not violate their non-discrimination agreement that is a part of their settlement.  They will also create a hiring plan...

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