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Be concise and include these four simple points in your opening statement at an arbitration hearing

by , 13 September 2015
Your internal dispute resolution process can be found in your disciplinary code and procedures.

But the external process begins at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and arbitration (CCMA)

Arbitration is a full rehearing of the whole case, including an investigation into the fairness of your procedures in the dismissal of an employee.

During the hearing, you'll be required to present an opening statement.

It will have been prepared before the hearing and shouldn't be long-winded.

Having said that, here are four points you should include in your opening statement:

1. A statement of your contractual right to dismiss.
2. A summary of the evidence that proves your contractual right.

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3. A summary of your case.
4. The decision you wish for, as well as any possible alternatives you would be willing to consider.

So, there sere four simple points to include in your opening statement at an arbitration hearing. Now, remember to include them and to keep things straightforward and to the point. This will ensure that a good start is made to what is to follow.

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