|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:
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.