Employment mediation looks at repairing relationships between an employer and employee over issues such as employment conditions such as pay, contracts, grievance and discipline procedures, unfair and constructive dismissal. Dealt with quickly employment disputes can save considerable expense, time and stress, preventing wasted manpower, resources, a domino effect on external departments, such as, HR, management, unions, legal brought in with a view to assisting in resolving the dispute.
Employment mediation can prevent an employment dispute of any nature getting to a point of no return where relationships cannot be fixed and end up before a Court or Employment Tribunal.
Mediation & the Employment Act 2009
In 2007 Michael Gibbons wrote a review of employment dispute resolution and in April 2009 a new Employment Act came into force, encouraging the use of mediation in the workplace, highlighting the benefits of mediation rather than expending the time, cost and stress of going through an Employment Tribunal.