Are you facing a legal problem at your place of employment but haven’t considered the benefits of mediation? Mediation is an alternative to the lengthy and costly litigation process. Using mediation is beneficial not only for the employee but also for the employer.
Here at Brunton Law Offices, we are here to help the metro-east with any of their mediation issues for both employers and employees. Michael Brunton has over 30 plus years in the practice of employment law mediation. His cases are primarily handled through the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
Mediation is the Best Alternative to Litigation
Mediation for a Variety of Labor and Employment Disputes
- Labor disputes – To resolve strikes and other disputes between labor and management, mediation is a valuable tool. It can assist both sides throughout the process of collective bargaining.
- Violations of employee rights – Mediation can help employers resolve employee’s right to privacy, infringement claims, family leave, medical leave, or reasonable disability accommodations.
- Wrongful discipline or termination – Employees who believe that they have been fired without cause or inappropriately disciplined may turn to use mediation. This is to reach a fair settlement with their employer that addresses their professional and financial hardship.
- Employee harassment and discrimination – Mediation can help employers and employees reach acceptable resolutions to claims of workplace discrimination and harassment. This can be based on disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, gender, sex, and other protected categories. Also, claims of retaliation for reporting a violation or filing a claim or complaint against an employer can be discussed.
- Contract disputes – Mediation can resolve disputes over contracts for freelancers, temporary workers, employees, and other independent contractors. Issues commonly occur include breach of contract terms, late payments for work performed, and entitlement to benefits. Mediators can also help with unique issues related to executive and CEO contracts.
- Hour and wage disputes – These types of disputes can include tips, commission, overtime pay, timely and full wages. Some disputes also involved the misclassification of an employee as being an independent contractor or vice versa.
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The Mediation Process
Although the mediator is not the judge on the case, the agreement that is reached during the mediation process is held to the legal standards that are normally found in a courtroom. No matter what your clients decided on, it can be legally enforced in most civil cases, as some judges will recommend mediation over a hearing in order to save everyone money and time.
When to Use Mediation Services
• Breach of Contract Claims
• Equitable Claims
• Landlord/Tenant Disputes
• Personal Injury Claims
All Types of Mediation Cases
Family and Dissolution Law
Estate and Trust Situations
Who Should Mediate a Situation?
Deciding who should mediate can seem like a complex process when it is rather easy. As long as you can speak for your perspective and listen to the other side’s feedback and desires, then you should be the one to mediate.
If you are an attorney who is representing a client, you understand that mediation is well-known and not typically recommended for civil cases.
If you are a business professional that is in a dispute with a client or partner, go to mediation early in the dispute. This will allow you to end the argument in an amicable and friendly way, ending with a handshake.
If you are a neighbor fighting over a fence, driveway, or boundary line, or even dealing with a tenant/landlord dispute, you can use the mediation process to allow you to all live together in peace.
If you are a homeowner who is having an issue with a contractor over a project or a home buyer or a home buyer who has discovered undisclosed defects in the home’s infrastructure. Having an early mediation allows you to get to the root of the problem before the issue grows out of hand.
How Can Brunton Help?
Based in Collinsville, IL, Brunton Law Offices serves the legal needs of Alton, Belleville, Collinsville, Cahokia, Edwardsville, Fairview Heights, Glen Carbon, Granite City, Maryville, O’Fallon, Troy, and the Surrounding Communities
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