Workplace Relations Advice From The Experts

By: Mick O'Toole

A free service for employers who need help with any staff or coronavirusrelated issue

Even at the best of times, running a business isn’t an easy job. Staff issues are often the most time consuming and delicate and, given the impact of coronavirus, they’ve become even more prominent. When you’re faced with an employee problem, you’ll need professional and accurate advice. That’s where Employers Direct can help.

Professional guidance on the Workplace Relations Act

The Workplace Relations Act 2015 came into force on October 1st, 2015 and has revolutionised and greatly reformed the Irish employment tribunal system in addition to workplace inspections. Since its enactment, thousands of cases have been lodged under the new tribunal system. The volume of cases lodged highlights the importance of HR practices in a business. It shows that the new system has not acted as a deterrent to lodging claims and employers need to be ready to defend themselves as vigorously as ever.

Previously, claims could be heard in the Labour Relations Commission, the Employment Appeals Tribunal, and the Equality Tribunal in the first instance and appealed to the Employment Appeals Tribunal, Labour Court, Circuit Court or High Court depending on the case lodged. This often led to a common ploy whereby claimants would lodge claims in every forum, regardless of merit, in order to overwhelm the employer and prompt an early, commercial settlement.

The new system requires that all employment claims be heard at first instance by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). The WRC has therefore absorbed all those duties from the LRC, EAT and Equality Tribunal. The WRC has also absorbed the functions of NERA and will be responsible for general employment law compliance and workplace inspections.

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Get peace of mind that will save you time, money, and worry

At Employers Direct, we offer advice on all aspects of the Workplace Relations Act. Our qualified experts are always available to speak to you about any employee, or COVID-19, issues you may be facing. With vast experience in matters such as conflict, protected disclosure, disciplinaries, grievances – or any other employment law or HR matter – we’re always prepared for any situation.

For immediate advice on workplace relations, call Employers Direct now on 0818 130 024.