Mediation outside the Department of Labour mediation services
There are costs involved in employing a private mediator. Part of any agreement to use this form of mediation should be agreeing on how much and who pays.
Only Department of Labour mediators have the authority to sign settlements so that they are legally final and binding under the Employment Relations Act. If a private mediator is used, a Department of Labour mediator can be asked to sign the settlement. Contact the Department on 0800 20 90 20 or your local Department of Labour office for advice on this process.