(1) The parties and the mediator are encouraged to attempt to resolve issues at a mediation conference. If issues are not resolved at or before a mediation conference, the mediator shall issue a report as set forth in (2) .
(2) Within 10 working days after a mediation conference, the mediator shall prepare a written report to the parties setting forth the mediator's recommended solution and the basis for the recommendation. If the mediator does not prepare a written report within 10 working days after a mediation conference, the parties may proceed directly to workers' compensation court. The mediator may also set forth alternative solutions. When parties have offered specific solutions which are not recommended by the mediator, the mediator shall explain why the solutions are not recommended.