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Here's what to do when you arrive at the CCMA on the day of the arbitration hearing

by , 14 October 2014
Your employee, Jim Jones, is disputing the fairness of his dismissal for spending too much time on the Internet, personal emails and phone calls during work hours.

He referred the dispute to the CCMA and it was set down for conciliation. But, you didn't reach a settlement agreement there.

Now the matter has been set down for arbitration. And you've done all the preparation and the day of the hearing arrives.

Continue reading to find out what you need to do when you arrive at the CCMA on the day of the arbitration hearing.


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Do this when you get to the CCMA on the day of the arbitration hearing


The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service says when you arrive at the CCMA, you must check in with the receptionist on the floor where arbitration hearings take place. She'll tell you who your Commissioner will be and in which room your arbitration will take place.

When you get to the room in which your arbitration hearing will take place you'll sit (together with any company representatives who are attending with you) on one side of the table. The Commissioner will sit at the head of the table and your employee (and his representative, if he has one) will sit on the side opposite to you.

Once everybody settles down, the Commissioner will introduce himself to all of you. He might ask you and your employee if there's any possibility of a settlement at this stage. Usually by then you've already tried to make reasonable settlement attempts and it's best to get on with the hearing so you don't waste the time the CCMA has allocated for the case.

After this, you must follow the four main stages of presenting a case at an arbitration hearing.

Now that you know what to do when you arrive at the CCMA on the day of the arbitration hearing, make sure you're there on time.

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