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Government Workplace Dispute Reform: A Consultation

28th January 2011

With a 56% rise in tribunal claims during 2010 the Government wants to support business growth and limit the damage and costs associated with workplace disputes.

The Government seeks to encourage mediation in order to

´preserve the working relationship between employer and employee, keeping the employee in their job and enabling the employer to continue to benefit from the investment they have made in the individual.´

The report is encouraging of both workplace mediation and skills training – ´We want to see a reduction of workplace disputes as a result of line managers being able to manage conflict successfully.´

The proposals seek practical information on use of workplace mediation.

´Mediation – Government is considering how we might enable greater use of alternative dispute resolution tools such as mediation. The consultation seeks to obtain more information about current use, costs and benefits, and barriers.´

The closing date for the consultation is 20th April 2011.

Link to the consultation paper here – ´Resolving Workplace Disputes: A Consultation

If you are interested in raising awareness of mediation within your organisation see our short course profiles – here.

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