Employment Cases Update

Cross-Border Mediation (EU Directive) Regulations 2011

Date published: 01/05/2011

SI 2011 No 1133

These Regulations are made as part of the implementation of Directive 2008/52/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2008 on certain aspects of mediation in civil and commercial matters (the Mediation Directive).

Part 1 of these Regulations (regulations 1 to 8) contain general provisions about citation, commencement, application and extent of these Regulations, as well as provisions on interpretation.

Part 2 of these Regulations (regulations 9 and 10) contains regulations about the provision by mediators and those involved in the administration of the mediation process of evidence arising out of mediation of cross-border disputes that are within the scope of the Mediation Directive. This Part has been included in relation to the implementation of article 7 of the Mediation Directive (Confidentiality of mediation).

Part 3 (regulations 11 to 58) and Part 4 (regulations 59 to 73) contain amendments to primary and secondary legislation respectively, including the Equality Act, Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Equal Pay Act, in relation to time limits that expire while mediation is ongoing of cross-border disputes that are within the scope of the Mediation Directive. These Parts have been included in relation to the implementation of article 8 of the Mediation Directive (Effect of mediation on limitation and prescription periods).

Made:18th April 2011
Laid before Parliament: 27th April 2011
Coming into force: 20th May 2011