Employment Mediation

Mediation is a consensual, confidential and relatively informal negotiation process in which parties to a dispute use the services of a skilled and independent mediator to assist them to define the issues in dispute, to develop and explore settlement options, to assess the implications of settlement options and to negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement of that dispute which meets their interests and needs.

The objective of mediation is to enable and empower the parties to negotiate and resolve the dispute promptly, cost effectively and confidentially rather than to have a decision imposed upon them by a judge or arbitrator. The process enables the parties to negotiate flexible and creative solutions which need not conform to strict legal rights or general community standards.

The vast majority of all employment disputes are resolved in mediation, a process which offers a number of benefits to disputing parties. The key benefits include:
  • Confidentiality;
  • Flexibility;
  • Ability to retain or improve working relationships;
  • Choice of mediator; and
  • Minimisation of cost.
Our Registrars are well placed to get your mediation session scheduled with a highly experienced employment mediator within a couple of days (or more quickly in urgent cases).

Employment mediation sessions are typically scheduled for a half day, but the parties have the flexibility to choose a full day or follow up sessions on subsequent days if appropriate.

Our employment mediation process is governed by our Mediation Rules and Protocol. 
NZDRC Mediation Rules Cover

Employment Mediation Fees

Typically employment mediations are scheduled for a half-day (4 hours). The cost for a half-day mediation is $3,500.00 (including GST). This includes all preparation and administration time as well as the mediator's attendance on the day.

Any additional time on the same day is charged at the rate of $400.00/hour.

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First party name*
Second party name*
Are there any additional parties? If so, please provide details.
Are the parties wanting to schedule a half-day or full-day mediation?*
Have the parties agreed on a venue or do they wish the Registry to make arrangements? Please provide details.*
Please provide any information you have as to the availability of the parties for mediation.*
Please provide a brief description of the dispute.*
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