Sweetening pot post-dispute not always wise: LawyersNHL lockout shows goodwill gestures could undermine negotiations between partiesBy Uyen Vu01/28/2013|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2013 After a labour dispute, employers eager to repair relationships with workers should avoid the temptation to give away additional benefits beyond what’s already negotiated, say labour lawyers. These giveaways might be meant as goodwill gestures to hasten the healing, but they could easily backfire, causing further damage to employee relations and undermining contract talks down the road, the lawyers warn.An example of such goodwill gestures might be seen in the world of professional hockey. In the days following the 113-day National Hockey League lockout, the NHL team owners decided to improve a benefit fund for retired players. The league upped its contribution to the Senior Player Benefit to $3 million annually, previously $1 million. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.