White Paper published by The HR Specialist, copyright 2007
When something goes wrong and an employment relationship turns into a lawsuit, there's more at stake than the risk of a court judgment. Defending against a lawsuit can cost thousands of dollars, even if you win. Producing documents, taking depositions, reviewing briefs and counter-briefs, discussing strategy and all the other steps before trial can take hours of your executives' time and sap everyone's energy, which should be going to making the business better. And any relationship you might have had with the employee will almost certainly be destroyed.
There has to be a better way, and there is. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) begins with simply talking through the issues in hopes of resolving the dispute to everyone's satisfaction. If that doesn't work, there's mediation, which involves engaging a neutral third party to help work ou...(register to read more)