State Employee Mediation Program (SEMP)

Background/Purpose
 
The Colorado State Employee Mediation Program (SEMP) was established in 1986, and is administered by Department of Personnel/State Employee Assistance Program (DPA/C-SEAP).  Mediation is a collaborative, non-adversarial opportunity to create better working relationships by discussing issues in dispute, identifying mutual concerns and interests, and negotiating agreements with the help of a trained, neutral facilitator. Mediators are impartial facilitators who help the parties arrive at mutually acceptable solutions. Mediators are advocates for successful problem solving, but they do not impose any outcome or advocate for or against any individual. There is no charge to individuals or agencies for mediation services. Mediation does not limit any other rights within the State Personnel System.  Mediators are formally trained and are guided by detailed Program procedures and formal ethical standards; most mediations are provided by staff members of the State Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP). 
 
Program Details
 
Mediation can be requested by any employee directly involved in a workplace dispute, or by supervisors, managers, or human resources offices concerned with a workplace dispute.  Mediation is sometimes a one-session process, and sometimes requires several meetings over a period of a few weeks. The parties and the mediator will make decisions together regarding the number of sessions needed, as well as scheduling, location, and other logistics. All mediations are provided at state offices/facilities during standard business hours. Mediation is voluntary except in some situations in which a formal grievance has been filed. If a formal grievance is active and either party requests mediation, both are expected to participate, and the ordinary time-frame of the grievance process is suspended pending the outcome of mediation.  (State Personnel Board Rules, Chapter 8).  Mediators keep confidential all information obtained in a mediation process, and mediators cannot be party to any formal, adversarial process that might occur subsequent to the mediation.
 
 
To request mediation, or for more information, contact: 
 
Karen Schaefer
Phone: 303-866-4314 or 800-821-8154