If it seems likely the concern will become a Council
case, the employee is asked to provide a briefing and copies of
relevant materials to a balanced subcommittee of the Council in
an extensive intake interview. Based on the information from that
interview, the Council representatives brief the entire Council
and a plan for assessment of the case is determined.
Once the case is accepted, the Council members
learn the employee’s
identity as it cannot investigate and engage in meaningful mediation
without that information. However, every precaution is taken to
disclose the employee’s name only when necessary to gain
relevant information. Discussions and correspondence with the Council
are confidential. Documents that are provided to the Council during
the case but are also available from other sources are not considered
confidential, but the Council will not provide them to anyone,
unless compelled by a judge under extraordinary circumstances.