Rule 4117-9-04 | Mediation.
When the statutory procedures of divisions (C)(2) to (C)(6) of section 4117.14 of the Revised Code apply, mediation shall be conducted in accordance with these terms:
(A) At any time subsequent to the serving and filing of the notice to negotiate pursuant to paragraph (A), (B), or (C) of rule 4117-9-02 of the Administrative Code, the parties may notify the board of existence of an impasse. Upon receipt via electronic mail of the parties' notification of impasse, the board shall appoint a mediator to assist the parties in the collective bargaining process.
(B) Forty-five days prior to the expiration of the negotiation period, if a mediator has not already been appointed pursuant to paragraph (A) of this rule, the board shall appoint a mediator to assist the parties in the collective bargaining process.
(C) The board may continue mediation at any time, order the parties to engage in collective bargaining until the expiration of the negotiation period, or both.
(D) Upon board appointment, the mediator is available to assist the parties until a settlement is reached in negotiations.