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A breach of confidentiality can lead to loss of settlement

February 16, 2017

Ed Sikorski Mediated settlement agreements are governed by contract law. When a material feature of such an agreement is a confidentiality provision and a party breaches that provision, the breaching party can lose its benefits under the settlement agreement.  ...

When a pink slip turns a bizarre shade of gray

February 16, 2017

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief A year ago, an article in a Sunday edition of The New York Times caught my eye. It was titled, “Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired.” For those workers who have been on — or perilously close to ...

'Empathy' at the mediation table

February 16, 2017

William J Caprathe “Empathy,” when used appropriately is truly amazing. It strengthens and enriches our understanding of others, and enhances our ability to motivate them. Though there is no scientific way to measure the power of empathy, you can ...

What mediators can learn from the Boy Scouts

February 16, 2017

Ed Sikorski   Most problems encountered in any endeavor come from lack of preparation. In the context of mediated case resolution, there are two separate but inter-related and inter-dependent preparation activities simultaneously in play. The first is ...

Be mindful of your personal brand reputation . . . it's critical for career success

February 16, 2017

Ellen Keiley BridgeTower Media Newswires Know that everything you do affects your brand, good or bad, and has a lasting impact on others. Acting with integrity, exercising common courtesy, being a team player, helping others, and showcasing your unique strengths ...

Baked Fish 'n' Chips

February 16, 2017

Nick Roumel Fish ’n’ chips is one of those foods I think I will like more than I actually do. First, there’s that cutesy little ’n’ in the title. Second, there’s that heavenly aroma and beautiful golden brown coating on ...