Arbitration and Mediation

Extensive History in Labor and Employment Mediations and Arbitrations

Labor and employment disputes involve complex legal issues that often impact individual employees and the workplace as a whole.  When these types of conflicts surface, they are increasingly being resolved outside of the courtroom through mediation and arbitration.  While these kinds of proceedings are generally thought to be less complicated than traditional litigation, mediating or arbitrating a case comes with its own unique set of challenges that are best navigated by skilled labor and employment law counsel.

The attorneys in HMBR’s Labor and Employment Practice have decades of collective experience representing both management and labor in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. We are frequently called upon to represent clients in grievance arbitrations when conflicts cannot be resolved through the negotiated grievance process. Our attorneys have a full understanding of grievance arbitration procedures and advise clients at each step of the process, including appealing arbitration decisions. We also represent unions and management in interest arbitration proceedings whereby employment conditions and terms that cannot be resolved through collective bargaining are established by an independent arbitration panel. 

Beyond grievance and interest arbitration, HMBR lawyers have an extensive history representing clients in matters involving mediations with various government agencies, such as the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as state Divisions of Human Rights.  We are also familiar with the practice of including provisions in individual employment contracts requiring arbitration and/or mediation. When disputes arise that trigger these provisions, we counsel and assist employers and employees throughout the entire course of the mediation or arbitration.