Employee Dispute Mediation Lawyers

Most workplace disputes can be resolved without costly and time-consuming litigation. Whether the issue concerns harassment, dismissal or the amount of severance an employee is entitled to receive, mediation could be a viable option to consider. We can assist with helping you devise a strategy for dealing with any type of employee dispute at mediation and can present your position during mediation in an effective manner to help negotiate solutions to difficult issues.

Why Choose Mediation?

Mediation is a dispute resolution process in which the parties involved engage a neutral third party (the mediator) to assist in reaching an agreement to resolve a dispute. The mediator does not make any final decision that is enforceable, they just assist in facilitating the negotiation.  Sometimes this is done by merely helping the parties communicate their positions to each other, and other times mediators will provide their evaluation of the parties positions and the strengths and weaknesses of the same.

Mediation is confidential and without prejudice, which means that anything that occurs during mediation cannot be used outside of the mediation, even in Court. This allows parties to make a real attempt at resolving a dispute without the cost of a trial and without impacting their rights or standing should a trial become required in the future.  Mediation is a flexible process that is used in many different areas of law to resolve all matters of disputes.

The benefit of mediation for employers goes beyond being able to attempt to resolve a matter outside of the legal system. These benefits include:

  • Reduced costs. While mediators are not free, they are often significantly less costly than the cost of litigation.
  • Quick results. Resolution of disputes at mediation occurs then and there. The parties sign an agreement and that’s the end of it. In comparison Court decisions and Human Rights Tribunal decisions can take over a year to be handed down.
  • For most businesses, their reputation is everything. Court decisions and Human Rights Tribunal decisions are public. Mediations are private and can have agreed upon confidentiality agreements included in any settlement documents.
  • In a mediation the parties themselves are the ones who make the final decision. This is always preferable compared to leaving the decision to a third party, be they a judge, tribunal member, or arbitrator.
  • Less stress. A voluntary mediation is not as formal or as nerve racking as a trial or hearing.

Experienced Mediation Lawyers

The lawyers at Taylor & Blair LLP have participated in hundreds of mediations over the years with all types of complex subject matters. Contact Taylor & Blair LLP today for a consultation regarding your mediation needs.