What Are The

Benefits of ADR

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program is a game-changer for unionized workers. Simply put, it's a quicker, smoother way to get the support you need after a work-related injury. Imagine getting top-tier medical treatment and compensation without the usual wait or hassle. Plus, there's always someone called an Ombudsperson to help. And if things get tricky? Mediators and arbitrators step in to ensure everything's fair, without the stress of lengthy legal battles. Here are the top benefits of the ADR Program:

Quick access to high-quality medical care

Fast payouts to employees with work-related injury claims

Immediate help from an ombudsperson

Free access to aid and professional counsel

A superior approach to settling disputes regarding work-related claims

6 Key Advantages of ADR

Speedy Resolution

ADR methods offer quicker outcomes than traditional court proceedings, saving valuable time for all parties involved.


Processes involves fewer expenses, such as legal fees and court costs, making them a more economical choice for resolving disputes.


Allows parties to tailor proceedings to their unique needs, enabling a customized approach that can lead to more satisfactory outcomes.


Ensures privacy and confidentiality. Disputes are resolved outside the public eye, safeguarding sensitive information from exposure.


ADR provides neutral mediators or arbitrators, fostering a fair environment where both sides have an equal chance to be heard.

Reduced Conflict

ADR leads to a less confrontational process that helps maintain relationships and minimize hostility.

Long-Term Achievement of These Goals” to

“Fast, Hassle-Free Quality Care for Union Workers

When a union member gets hurt, they can quickly see a doctor and get quality care. They also have someone, called an ombudsperson, to talk to right away. This person is there to help and guide them for free. Sometimes, with the old system, people waited along time for treatment, leading to fights and even legal battles.

The ombudsperson's job is to speed things up. They make sure injured workers get their treatments and benefits fast, and they keep an eye on everything. If problems come up, they step in before it gets worse. When workers return to their jobs sooner, they don't lose as much pay. It also helps employers save money on insurance costs in the long run.

How are claims handled differently with ADR?

Guidance from a Neutral Ombudsperson:

An injured worker can reach out to an ombudsperson. This individual, a part of a neutral joint labor-management trust, is available to clarify doubts, answer questions, and convey vital details to the insurance provider.

Immediate Access to Quality Medical Care:

Under the ADRR system, employees choose their healthcare providers from a list endorsed by both labor and management. This list encompasses various options within each medical field, ensuring swift authorization for the required treatments.

How is fighting over claims different with an ADR?

With ADR, instead of using the state's usual way to sort out disagreements, workers and bosses come up with their own rules. If there's a problem the helper(ombudsperson) can't fix, you can have a chill chat with a retired judge. If that doesn't work, you can take it to a trial with an arbitrator. If you don't like the arbitrator's decision, you can still complain to the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board in San Francisco.

Do benefits get cut?

Nope! Your benefits won't go below what's promised by the job laws.

Who can use the ADR way of doing things?

Only companies that have signed up for ADR and their workers in certain jobs can use it.

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