While all businesses have to deal with legal disputes sooner or later, disagreements between employees and employers are frequently more emotionally charged than other types of commercial disputes. Employees typically feel that their rights have been violated, and employers often feel unjustifiably accused. An employment mediation in Tallahassee FL can help employees and employers resolve their differences in a non-adversarial manner without having to go to court. If you are involved in a work related dispute and are hoping to avoid a costly, protracted lawsuit, you should seriously consider hiring an employment mediator in Tallahassee FL so you can resolve your dispute in a more timely and cost-efficient manner.
Mediation is an out-of-court process where a neutral third party called a mediator aids disputing parties by facilitating communications with the goal of helping the parties attain a mutually satisfactory settlement agreement. The mediator does not make any binding decision on the matter, nor involuntarily impose a settlement upon the parties without their consent. The mediator’s role is simply to manage the negotiation process and encourage productive communications conducive to reaching a resolution. While employment mediation is typically a voluntary process consented to by the parties after a dispute has arisen, sometimes an employment contract, employee handbook or collective bargaining agreement may mandate mediation in the event of any employee/employer dispute.
Different employment mediators have varied mediation styles and strategies for helping the disputing parties resolve their differences to come to settlement agreement. Because of the personal nature of the claims involved, a good mediator will have the ability to create a rapport with both the employee and employer. A competent mediator should also have some knowledge of employment law in order to have a solid grasp of the relevant legal issues involved. For more information about employment mediation, contact a local employment mediator for a consultation.