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A Focused Statement Can Ease Employment Mediation

By Darren Rumack, Esq., January 19, 2024

On Jan. 9, the U.S. Department of Labor announced its final rule regarding whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Effective March 11, the new rule rescinds the Trump-era independent contractor rule with a six-factor test.

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The Gentle Art of Dispute Resolution – Mediation Lessons from a Jiu Jitsu Practitioner

By Darren Rumack, Esq., June 6, 2023

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which I have practiced for more than a decade, has taught me invaluable life lessons on and off the mats.  After a recent training session, I began to realize that many of the lessons of jiu jitsu apply to a different part of my life: mediation.

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Remote Mediations and Unwanted Guests

By Darren Rumack, Esq., May 4, 2023

The federal government has officially ended the COVID-19 emergency, but remote mediation remains. The practical benefits of remote mediation for both attorneys and their clients are obvious. On the other hand, the relaxed formality of remote mediations has created unexpected problems, including the appearance of uninvited guests, who can wreak havoc and endanger a productive mediation process. By working ahead, mediators and attorneys can prepare to keep these surprise attendees from ruining a mediation.

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