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Regional mediation pilot scheme launched

The latest steps in reforms to the employment tribunal system have been unveiled by Employment Relations Minister Edward Davey, with the announcement of a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

Cambridge and Manchester will be the first regional mediation networks where the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will fund mediation training for employees from a group of 24 SMEs in each of the pilot areas later this year. A network of trained mediators will be available to provide mediation to other organisations in their respective network. It is anticipated that this will help resolve workplace disputes, at the earliest possible opportunity, before they reach the employment tribunal stage.

The intention to pilot two regional mediation networks was published in the Government response to the Resolving Workplace Disputes consultation. The pilots will run for twelve months and, if successful, the Government will consider introducing them into other areas of England, Scotland and Wales.

 

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