BRITISH COLUMBIA
LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD
COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT ARBITRATION BUREAU

Settlement Officers

Labour Relations Board mediators and special investigating officers perform the services of settlement officer with respect to applications filed with CAAB under Sections 87 and 104.

These officers meet with employers and trade unions to assist them in resolving grievances arising under the parties' collective agreement.  The parties engage in informal discussions with the settlement officer and such meetings are held on a "without prejudice" basis, meaning that these kinds of discussions cannot be reased by either party in a formal arbitration.

LRB settlement officers are neutral third parties and offer the parties their expertise in labour relations issues.  Settlement officers achieve a high rate of success in helping parties resolve their disputes.

Q. Who should be present at the meeting with the settlement officer?

A. To obtain the best and most effective results from a settleent meeting, the parties should attend with respresentatives who have the authority to settle the grievance.  Where appropriate, the grievor may also attend.

Q. What is to be expected at a settlement meeting?

A. The parties attend the meeting with an LRB settlement officer.  The settlement officer will then engage in informal discussions with the parties, either together, or privately, to determine the nature of the dispute and where potential common ground may exist to pursue a resolution.  These meetings are fluid and no specific time frame is associated with them.  Generally, parties should come prepared to spend the day with the settlement officer.   Meetings are normally scheduled for 9:30am, but other times may be scheduled.

The informal discussions between the settlement officer and the parties attempt to find a reasonable compromise to resolving the issue.  Such discussions are held on a "without prejudice" basis, meaning that should the matter proceed to arbitration, the parties cannot refer to the content of those discussions at the arbitration.

Should the parties reach a resolution of the grievance, the parties will prepare a settlement document to be signed by the parties (and potentially grievor).   The settlement agreement then becomes legally binding on all of the parties signatory to it.


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