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The number one reason you should settle your dispute at conciliation

by , 13 October 2014
CCMA conciliation is a negotiation process where you and your employee try reach a mutually acceptable settlement agreement to resolve a dispute.

Most employers think conciliation is a waste of time. Some don't even bother attending it. And those who go through the process are just going through the motions and have no intention on reaching a settlement.

Perhaps the reason for this is employers don't understand the advantage of reaching a settlement at conciliation.

Don't be that employer.

Keep reading to discover the advantage of settlement at conciliation so you can resolve disputes swiftly.

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This is the advantage of settlement at conciliation

The advantage of settlement at conciliation is that it makes for a win/win situation, whereas settlement at arbitration leaves only one winner and one dissatisfied party, somebody always loses.
Settlement at conciliation also means you'll resolve the dispute swiftly and get back to work.
You no longer have to spend time preparing for arbitration.
According to the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management, if you agree to resolve the dispute, the Commissioner will issue a certificate to indicate settlement. This means your ex-employee can't take any further action against, nor seek further compensation from you.

You must just get a copy of the settlement agreement and a certificate of settlement as proof that the matter can't go further.
In addition, you must stick to the terms of the settlement agreement. If you don't, your employee can go to the Labour Court to force you to comply.
Here's the bottom line: Reaching a settlement at conciliation is a win/win situation and you get to avoid a long drawn out dispute.
PS: For more information on matters relating to the CCMA, we recommend you check out CCMA for Managers.

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