Carpenters Solicitors- Employment law Litigation is always recommended as a last resort when it comes to settling disputes relating to employment law. Many companies now have a dispute resolution policy in place which helps to prevent issues from escalating to the court room. Legal experts, Carpenters Solicitors, say that dispute resolution can help to bring a more constructive and positive end to workplace conflicts which would otherwise damage professional relationships and reduce the productivity of the workforce. However, if amicable dispute resolution has been attempted and for whatever reason, has not resolved the issue, then further legal proceedings may be necessary. Within the context of employment law, the term ‘litigation’ refers to the act of initiating legal proceedings (a lawsuit) against either another employee or an employer. A lawsuit is the first type of civil action which is taken in the setting of a courtroom, and the purpose of this type of litigation is to settle a dispute, provided that the judge is convinced that the person making the claim has suffered loss as a result of the employer or other employee’s actions. For instance, an employee might believe that an employer has breached the terms of their work contract (or vice versa), in which case they have the right to file a lawsuit for damages or loss of earnings. This type of litigation is generally thought to be damaging not only to the person whom the claim is filed against, but also to the person claiming, as it can ruin working relationships, and make it difficult for the claimant to return to the workplace, should that be an option. Litigation also tends to be an expensive and drawn out process which is by its very nature, adversarial, and so tends to further inflame a dispute. If alternative dispute resolutions do not work, then those who wish to make a claim do have another option besides litigation – they can take their claim through the employment tribunal system. These tribunals have been set up within Wales and England, so that disputes relating to employment can be heard and resolved as quickly and amicably as possible. This method is not usually as costly as litigation proceedings, however those involved will still need solicitors and the process can take some time to come to an end. Although employment tribunals are not equivalent to a full court of law, they do have the ability to make legally binding decisions which both parties must follow, and which are enforceable by law. These tribunals are set up to help resolve many of the highly complex issues which arise within the workplace, which would otherwise be dealt with through litigation. These issues can include things such as disputes regarding redundancy payments, discrimination and unfair dismissal. Whilst from a legal perspective, those making a claim can choose whether they want to proceed with litigation or the employment tribunal Carpenters Law, it’s worth noting that these bodies will almost always frown upon employment disputes in which the parties involved have failed to attempt resolution themselves.