Employment And Labour Relations Mediation
Mediation is an effective form of Alternate Dispute Resolution.
In mediation, parties to the dispute have the opportunity to jointly design a resolution
that corresponds to their unique interests and needs.
Mediation settlements can incorporate settlement terms that would not be available within the traditional adversarial arbitration process.
Mediation can decrease the financial cost of dispute resolution and lessen its emotional impact. Therefore, mediation can be particularly helpful and empowering for participants involved in emotionally-charged circumstances such as workplace accommodation, discrimination,
harassment (particularly sexual harassment) or trauma.
Mediation frequently results in cost savings by enhancing efficiencies in case management. Effective mediation reduces subsequent hearing costs by narrowing the issue(s) in dispute and pinpointing the nature and scope of the remaining evidence required, if any.
As a neutral, unbiased and experienced mediator Jessica works with parties in a respectful and collaborative manner to craft a jointly-acceptable resolution that addresses their respective interests, brings finality to the existing dispute, and promotes future workplace stability. She has mediated both employment disputes and labour relations disputes.
Access to timely and meaningful dispute resolution is critical to the efficient operation of labour relations in British Columbia.
As a result of her experience as an arbitrator and lawyer, Jessica recognizes the
financial and inherent value of a fair hearing before a neutral and independent adjudicator. An experienced arbitrator, Jessica conducts hearings in a fair and just manner that creates clarity and brings finality to existing disputes.
Jessica’s abilities as an Arbitrator have been recognized by both private sector and public sector employers and trade unions. She has been jointly appointed as sole arbitrator in numerous disputes around British Columbia and has issued legally-binding arbitration awards or, with mutual consent, assisted parties to successfully conclude mediated conclusions.
Jessica’s has a proven track record as an arbitrator and mediator having demonstrated her skills as a neutral across numerous sectors including the manufacturing, aeronautics, oil & gas, forestry, hospitality, social services and health sectors.
Jessica is a named as a mutually agreeable arbitrator in collective agreements negotiated
by both public sector and private sector trade unions and employers. In her arbitration practice, Jessica brings more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer who advocated on behalf of her clients in court and before arbitrators, boards and tribunals.
Jessica conducts fair and efficient independent workplace investigations that are fulsome but cost-effective. She brings demonstrated objectivity and integrity to her role as an independent investigator. Jessica has been jointly appointed as a workplace investigator by trade unions and employers in both the public and private sectors.
Workplace investigations can be challenging for the union and the employer to address
due to the strong reputational interests at stake. Diligence, discretion and respect are cornerstones that allow Jessica to build lasting trust with representatives of both the union and the employer and effectively interact with the complaint, the respondent and witnesses.
Jessica brings unique insight having acted as counsel for litigious private sector trade unions then balanced her experience by acting as counsel representing more than 200 public sector employers.
As a result of her balanced perspective, trade unions and employers have entrusted her to investigate complex and sensitive workplace situations such as those involving: occupational health and safety (including harassment, sexual harassment and bullying); workplace accommodation and return to work challenges; toxic or poisoned work environment complaints; as well as emotionally-charged discrimination and human rights allegations.
As a jointly appointed investigator who is also a lawyer, arbitrator and mediator, Jessica has a demonstrated ability to work with the parties during or after the investigation to avoid subsequent litigation or minimize litigation costs.
With her proven track record of mutual acceptability by unions and employers,
Jessica understands the challenges faced by both parties and is convinced that
truly independent investigations can not only lead to healthier workplaces but can also serve as a catalyst for greater productivity, improved communications and joint economic initiatives.
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