159A Duty of Authority to prioritise previously mediated matters

(1)

This section applies if a matter comes before the Authority for investigation and determination and an attempt has been made to resolve the matter by mediation.

(2)

The Authority must give priority to investigating and determining the matter referred to in subsection (1) over any other matters in which mediation has not been used unless the Authority considers that providing mediation services would be inappropriate having regard to section 159(1) or (1A).

(3)

Despite subsection (2), the Authority may give priority to proceedings referred to in section 161(1)(la) over other matters, even if no attempt has been made to resolve the subject matter of those proceedings by mediation.

Section 159A: inserted, on 1 April 2011, by section 28 of the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 125).

Section 159A(3): inserted, on 6 March 2015, by section 65 of the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2014 (2014 No 61).