Mediation in relation to employment disputes can take place in a variety of circumstances, for example, as a result of allegations of discrimination or harassment, performance management issues, or following dismissal.
For employment disputes, two forms of mediation exist:
Workplace mediation, where there is an ongoing relationship between the employer and the employee; and
Employment mediation, where the relationship between the employer and the employee has broken down or ended.
As mediation is private, conducted with total confidentiality; flexible in that solutions can be agreed that are not available from the Courts or Tribunals; and non-binding unless and until an agreement is reached, it provides an alternative to issuing proceedings that the parties would do well to consider.