CORE PLUS (Coming in FY08)
The BLM is committed to providing its employees with a work environment that enables them to deliver quality service for the lands we sustain. To do this, employees must have access to effective and efficient mechanisms for resolving EEO and workplace disputes. In addition to the traditional administrative adjudication processes, every BLM employee must have the opportunity to utilize an ADR process to resolve the EEO or workplace dispute.
The COnflict REsolution PLUS (CORE PLUS) program is an early intervention dispute resolution program. The purpose of CORE PLUS is to provide a fair, equitable and effective means for constructively resolving workplace conflicts or disputes at the earliest opportunity, at the lowest organizational level, and to the mutual satisfaction of all parties. The CORE PLUS system focuses on maximizing the use of early conflict management tools and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods, improving interpersonal communications between the specific parties, and on preserving relationships between employees and supervisors rather than advancing adversarial positions. It is the policy of this Department that all employees (non-supervisory, supervisory, managerial, and senior executives) are free to participate in this program without restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal of any kind.
The CORE PLUS program does not replace the formal avenues of redress available to employees and does not provide any extension of time frames in which to seek redress under any formal administrative processes (e.g. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint process).
The CORE PLUS program does not delay any pending disciplinary action unless management decides or concurs that the action can be held in abeyance based on the particular circumstances of the case.