Tom A. Kosakowski's Blog – October 2011 Archive (5)

Court Approves Settlement Creating Ombuds Program for Pfizer Employees

In December 2010, the world's largest pharmaceutical company agreed to settle a shareholder lawsuit arising out of allegation of the illegal marketing of at least 13 of Pfizer's most important drugs. In addition to governance changes in financial considerations, the proposed settlement also provides for, "the establishment of an Ombudsman Program as an…

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on October 31, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Coalition of Federal Ombudsmen Sets Tenth Annual Conference

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will host the tenth annual CoFO meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. The all-day conference will feature a keynote address by John Palguta, Vice President of the Partnership for Public Service.

Conference topics will include: Workshop with the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation; Internal and External OmbudsFocus Groups; Development of the Federal Ombuds; and Solo Practitioners. Registration in advance is required and… Continue

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on October 21, 2011 at 1:56pm — No Comments

International Scholarships Available for 2012 Ombuds Conference

The International Ombudsman Association has announced the availability of financial support for members or prospective members living outside of North America to attend its annual conference on April 15-18, 2012, in Houston, Texas. The scholarship is targeted at Organizational Ombuds working outside the US or Canada who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference.

Priority will be given to applicants whose participation may be instrumental in the advancement of the… Continue

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on October 21, 2011 at 1:53pm — No Comments

IOA to Offer Training in Workplace Conflict Resolution at the Asia Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit

The International Ombudsman Association presents a specialized training course on December 1, 2011 in Bangkok: "Tsunamis at the Water Fountain, Navigating Workplace Disputes." The program will be held in conjunction with and preceding the Asia Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit.

This one-day specialized course will explore the nature of work in the 21st century and the dynamics of workplace interaction. It will introduce the participants to the effective use of the Organizational… Continue

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on October 21, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Training Opportunity for Real Estate Neutrals

With the encouragement of the National Association of Realtors, local Realtor associations are creating ombudsman programs. The Realtor ombuds assist agents and members of the public by answering questions and addressing ethical issues that frequently develop in the business. They work to resolve misunderstandings and disagreements through facilitation rather than adjudication. The goal is to save time and money for all of the participants… Continue

Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on October 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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