In 1995 the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), representatives from management and labor groups, relevant sections of American Bar Association, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Employment Lawyers Association met to address the need for fairness guidelines in the face of the growing trend of mandatory arbitration in workplace disputes. The product of this effort took two forms: A Due Process Protocol for Mediation and Arbitration of Statutory Disputes Arising out of the Employment Relationship, and the Guidelines for Standards of Professional Responsibility for Arbitrators in Mandatory Employment Arbitration.  The Protocol seeks to inform decision makers in the adoption of mediation and arbitration systems involving statutory employment disputes.  The Guidelines are designed to assist arbitrators in deciding whether to accept appointments as neutral arbitrations under such systems.