Employment Law Mediator Training (DR110)

This intensive five-day training program equips participants with knowledge and skills essential for successful employment mediation. A comprehensive blend of substantive law and training in mediation process skills prepares participants to become qualified mediators for employment disputes.

By the program’s completion, you will be well prepared to become a qualified employment law mediator. You will also be awarded CLE credits for completion of the training.

Key Topics

  • Employment Law Overview
    • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
    • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    • Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Family and Medical Leave Act
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Whistleblower discrimination
  • Employment Mediation Process
    • Pre-Mediation Intake
    • Opening Session
    • Caucuses
    • Exploring Interests
    • Working through Impasse
    • Framing the Settlement
  • Practice Development

Approach and Features

The Employment Law Mediator Training program focuses first on employment law that is applicable to employment mediation, then on in-depth role-playing to help you learn and practice the skills to facilitate the process. Instruction is available in New York City at the midtown offices of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.


Susan Grody Ruben, Esq.

Susan Grody Ruben has had an extensive national employment arbitration and mediation private practice since 1999. Before that, she was a labor and employment litigator from 1982 through 1998. In addition to her private neutral practice, she has heard and settled multiple cases for Cornell University ILR School Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution National Roster of Workplace Neutrals – Nuclear  Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Labor Panel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Panel, Ohio Department of Education Panel, American Arbitration Association Employment Arbitration and Mediation Panels, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Mediation Panel, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court Mediation Panel. Susan is greatly respected for her skills as a labor arbitrator, inducted to the National Academy of Arbitrators in 2008. She is listed with, and handled multiple cases for, the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board. She is also a permanent mediation and arbitration panelist for Service Employees International Union District 1199/State of Ohio, Ohio Civil Service Employees Association/State of Ohio, Ohio State Troopers Association/State of  Ohio, Fraternal Order of Police/State of Ohio, Fraternal Order of Police/City of Ashtabula, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/Northeast Ohio Contractors Association, CWA/AT&T, SEIU 1199/Forum Health, Utility Workers Union of America/Dominion Hope, Utility Workers Union of America/First Energy, Ohio Association of Public School Employees/Bath Local Schools, and Ohio Department of Education.


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