Employment Relations Minister, Edward Davey, has today announced a pilot scheme for two regional mediation networks in Cambridge and Manchester for small and medium size enterprises.  BIS will fund mediation training for employees from a group of 24 SME’s in each area and a network of trained mediators will be available to provide mediation to other organisations in their network.

This is another step by the government towards trying to resolve workplace disputes before they reach the Employment Tribunal stage.

We will be interested to hear from anyone involved in or who receives help from these schemes.   Given this pilot will run for 12 months before it is decided whether or not to roll out to other areas, it will be some time before any knock on effect on tribunal claims is noticed (or not, as the case may be).