Tags: Mediation

Callum Murray: Behind the scenes of industrial disputes

‘Rationalisation’, ‘restructuring’ and ‘sustainability’ are three key terms referred to within press releases and speeches in the House of Commons last week; however, for those within the shipbuilding industry, based in Portsmouth and Glasgow, ‘job losses’, ‘cuts’ and ‘redundancy’ might well be the words ringing in their ears. Following last week’s announcements by BAE Systems around…

Modernised Mediation Service to resolve IP disputes

The Intellectual Property (IP) Minister, Lord Younger, has announced a modernised Mediation Service designed to make it cheaper and quicker for small businesses to resolve their intellectual property disputes. It has been revealed that the new Mediation Service will provide alternative solutions to what otherwise can often lead to costly and extensive court cases. According…

Is mediation a common tool for resolving workplace issues?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Conflict Management survey 2011, revealed that an increasing number of employers are turning to mediation to resolve workplace issues, and as a result the CIPD and Acas have come together to produce updated information for those considering using it within their organisations. ‘Mediation: An approach to resolving…

Violent incidents in the workplace on the rise

A survey by UNISON Scotland reveals that there has been a huge increase in the number of violent incidents being reported to employers. The annual survey which highlights the number of violent incidents reported to public service employers found that 34,739 staff reported occurrences last year, which is almost 15,000 more than when it was…

UK pension risk behaviour index gradually drops among DB scheme trustees

As Defined Benefit (DB) scheme sponsors and trustees in the UK work to put their schemes on a more stable footing amid continued market volatility, scheme trustees’ confidence in their ability to successfully manage the DB risks facing their plans may be waning, according to MetLife Assurance Limited’s 2012 UK Pension Risk Behaviour IndexSM (UK…

Employment tribunals leave in employers in a ‘lose-lose situation’

Employees who bring cases over discrimination in the workplace to court create a very real concern for employers, according to one employment solicitor. James Carmody, of Reculver Solicitors, has pointed out that even if a company wins a claim brought to tribunal, they can seldom recover the costs and time involved in the process. “A…

Mediation a winner in tackling disputes at work

More employers should consider using mediation at work to help resolve disputes and avoid potentially costly and stressful employment tribunal claims, according to workplace relations expert Acas. Mediation is an informal way of resolving disagreements or disputes in the workplace and can prevent disagreement escalating. However an Acas study carried out in 2011 found that…

Tribunal reform – Mediation pilot scheme launched

Employment Relations Minister, Edward Davey, has announced a new mediation scheme aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the Government’s latest steps in reforming the Employment Tribunal system. Cambridge and Manchester will pilot the first regional mediation networks where the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will fund mediation training for employees from a…

Employers can improve their relationships with unions by engaging their employees, the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed. A survey by the organisation revealed that industrial unrest is more common in the public sector, with 49 per cent of public sector employees reporting strike action in the past 12 months, compared to…

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is calling for a review of proposed changes to the dispute resolution process, claiming the reforms could "make a bad situation worse" for small employers. Replacing the current mediation process with a new code of practice from the employment relations service Acas will simply add to the regulatory burden…