Workplace Relations Commission live on 1 October
The Workplace Relations Act 2015 will be commenced in full on 1 October 2015. It will introduce the most far reaching reforms of the employment rights and industrial relations institutions to date in Ireland. One of the most significant of these changes is the amalgamation of functions currently fulfilled by the Rights Commissioner Service, Equality Tribunal, Employment Appeals Tribunal, NERA and the Labour Relations Commission into a single new body to be known as the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
Going forward the WRC will deal with all employment complaints in the first instance. An Adjudication Officer shall enquire into the complaint or dispute while giving the parties an opportunity to be heard and to present any relevant evidence. Cases heard by Adjudication Officers will be heard in private. Decisions may be published, albeit in an anonymised format.
The Act also established the Labour Court’s jurisdiction to hear all appeals from decisions of Adjudication Officers with the exception of the Equal Status Act which will continue to be to the Circuit Court. Hearings of the Labour Court will be in public and decisions will be published in full. There will be a further right of appeal to the High Court but only on a point of law.
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01-6051668