Mediation - the new alternative to employment tribunals? - Expert Comments

David Reid
1st May 2006

The dispute resolution regulations are a failure…

 

Recently, employers and employees alike have been breathing a huge sigh of relief at the prospect of the statutory dispute resolution procedures being repealed within the next 12 months. With the publication of Michael Gibbons’ review of UK employment dispute resolution, the government has accepted his central recommendation to abolish the statutory minimum disciplinary and grievance procedures.

 

The dispute resolution regulations were designed to reduce the number of employment tribunal claims by encouraging employers and employees to resolve their disputes between themselves prior to embarking on litigation.

 

In this ambition they spectacularly failed, with the number of employment tribunal claims continuing to rise.

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