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How can a severance agreement protect your business?

If the time has come to let an employee go, it is likely a task you are not relishing. Terminating an employee is one of the most difficult and potentially emotional parts of your job, and it may never get easier as time passes. Nevertheless, you realize that, for whatever reason, keeping certain people on the payroll is no longer a viable option for your California company.

There is always a risk involved in firing someone. A disgruntled employee can cause untold damage to your business, taking up time and money with litigation and potentially causing irreparable damage to the reputation of your company. One way to head that off is by offering a severance package.

What's so great about mediation?

Most businesses, whether here in California or elsewhere, end up in disputes with other businesses or individuals. They could be vendors, customers or employees. Resolving those disputes doesn't always happen over lunch or a friendly phone call.

The first step is often an informal meeting to try to work things out before taking any steps in the legal direction. If that doesn't work, you may dread taking the next steps if you believe that your only option is traditional litigation.

Will mediation work for your conflict?

The conflict you are facing with an insurance company, in your business or among your family members is consuming your energy. The longer you and the other party struggle, the more firmly you become entrenched in your own side of the issue. You may be spending more and more time researching the law for your point of view or gathering proof that you are in the right. All of this takes a toll on your relationships, your health and your ability to fulfill your duties at work.

It may seem that your only choice is to take your opponent to court, present your side of the argument and hope the judge agrees with your case. However, you may be interested to know that there is an alternative to a heated and exhausting courtroom battle.

Could mediation be an option for you?

Like other California residents, you may find yourself embroiled in a dispute with another party. Perhaps you attempted to resolve the situation without involving the courts, but those efforts got you nowhere. Now, you are facing the possibility of filing a lawsuit.

If this is not your first choice as a resolution method, you may want to know that there is another way. Mediation is an alternative method of resolving disputes that has worked well for others in the past. You may also be considering this method but need answers to some questions first.

Not happy with your inheritance? Is it worth contesting?

Having siblings has its good points and bad. If you were fortunate to get along with your brothers and sisters, you may have friendships with them as adults that you cherish above all others. However, if tension or rivalry existed among you growing up, those old resentments may be difficult to overcome.

If you recently lost your parents, you may find those childhood rivalries rearing their ugly heads, especially if your parents didn't divide the estate the way you expected. In fact, you may even suspect that the will your parents signed is not valid.

Mediation may offer benefits for dealing with employment disputes

Business needs are a common aspect of owning and running a company. In many cases, those needs also coincide with keeping employees happy. Unfortunately, problems can arise within a business and its operations that make it difficult for you and your employees to see eye-to-eye. In some cases, the issues may not prove easy to resolve on your own, and as a result, you could face legal action if your employees feel unsatisfied.

Before immediately heading toward litigation to end an employment dispute, you may wish to determine whether an alternative method could prove effective. You may find it worthwhile to explore mediation as a possible option for resolving issues.

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