(1) After the board assigns a mediator, the parties must meet and confer at least once and engage in a good faith attempt to negotiate a resolution of the appeal. The mediator may decide to hold the mediation by telephone. The appellant and at least one designee of the employer must personally participate in the mediation. If the designee of the employer does not have authority to act on behalf of the employer, a person with the requisite authority must be available by telephone.
(2) Mediation and settlement discussions are privileged and the proceedings must not be reported or recorded in any manner, except for agreements reached by the parties.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 41.06 RCW. 05-01-190, § 357-52-070, filed 12/21/04, effective 7/1/05.]