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You've received notification of a scheduled CCMA conciliation hearing, now what?

by , 10 October 2014
It's Monday morning. You're flipping through the mail that your secretary has just handed to you.

You come across a letter that notifies you that your employee has referred a dispute to the CCMA and the matter has been set down for CCMA conciliation.

You're now wondering what the next step is.

Keep reading to find out what you must do once you receive notification of a scheduled CCMA conciliation hearing so you can effectively prepare for this dispute resolution process.


Do this once you get notification of a scheduled CCMA conciliation hearing

 
1. Immediately fax a letter to the CCMA objecting to the con-arb process.
 
You must address the letter to the CCMA and mark it for the attention of the Commissioner named in the notice of the scheduled hearing you received.
 
If you don't object, you'll have to prepare for arbitration right from the word go.
Remember, con-arb means conciliation and arbitration will take place as a continuous process on the same day.
 
2. Get the ball rolling for an internal management meeting to check your procedures leading up to the dismissal.
 
Read this article to find out what you must check when you conduct this meeting.
 
 
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3. Conduct the internal preparation meeting
 
We recommend you check out this article. It contains all you need to know about conducting the internal preparation meeting in the run-up to CCMA conciliation.
 
4. Evaluate your options
 
When preparing for CCMA conciliation, you must consider how much this process will cost your company.
This article will explain exactly what to consider when it comes to costs.
 
5. Schedule your own pre-conciliation meeting
 
This meeting will give you an opportunity to solve the dispute earlier on. Find out all about it here.
 
Knowing what to do once you get notification of a scheduled CCMA conciliation hearing will help ensure you effectively prepare for this dispute resolution process.

PS: For more information on CCMA conciliation, check out CCMA for Managers.
 


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