Employment law



Agricultural Wages Board to be scrapped under proposed legislation

Proposals to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) in Northern Ireland have been put to a public consultation.

Published 14 May 2021

Workplace Relations Commission may be unable to hear cases for months to come

Major reforms may be required before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) can resume hearing cases in the aftermath of a landmark Supreme Court ruling, a leading employment lawyer has warned.

Published 6 May 2021

New chairperson and four new members for Labour Relations Agency

A new chairperson and four new members have been appointed to the board of the Labour Relations Agency (LRA).

Published 5 May 2021

Leanne McKeown: Tribunal ruling shows importance of timely responses

Employment solicitor Leanne McKeown of Rosemary Connolly Employment & Equality Solicitors examines the lessons of a ruling against a law firm accused of age and disability discrimination.

Published 29 April 2021

Pandemic led to 2,000 'lost' WRC adjudication hearings

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) held 2,000 fewer adjudication hearings last year than it otherwise would have due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 26 April 2021

Workers could undergo re-vetting every three years under strengthened system

People working with children or vulnerable adults could have to undergo re-vetting every three years under a proposed strengthening of the Garda vetting system.

Published 26 April 2021

High Court: Employment dispute dismissed for want of prosecution after 18 years

The High Court has dismissed a plaintiff’s claim against his former employer due to want of prosecution.

Published 21 April 2021

Health and safety protections to be extended to gig economy workers

Health and safety protections will be extended to gig economy and precarious workers in Northern Ireland next month following a landmark court ruling in London last year.

Published 20 April 2021

Supreme Court: Final orders made in landmark WRC decision

The Supreme Court has confirmed the final orders in the recent landmark decision regarding the constitutionality of the Workplace Relations Commission procedures.

Published 16 April 2021

Emergency legislation to allow public hearings of WRC cases

Emergency legislation allowing for hearings of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to take place in public in light of a landmark Supreme Court ruling will be brought to the Oireachtas within weeks.

Published 16 April 2021

Private member's bill would extend religious discrimination rules to teachers

Protections against religious discrimination in employment would be extended to school teachers under a proposed private member's bill.

Published 16 April 2021

Supreme Court: Challenge to constitutionality of WRC rejected in landmark judgment

The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutional validity of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in a significant ruling relating to the administration of justice in the State.

Published 12 April 2021

Supreme Court ruling will 'completely change' Workplace Relations Commission

A landmark Supreme Court ruling on the operation of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) could lead to cases being dealt with more quickly, a leading employment lawyer has said.

Published 7 April 2021

Labour Court asked to consider joint labour committee for childcare sector

The Labour Court has been asked to consider the establishment of a joint labour committee (JLC) in the childcare sector.

Published 6 April 2021

Employees now have 'right to disconnect' under new code of practice

Employees in Ireland now have the "right to disconnect" under a new code of practice drawn up by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

Published 1 April 2021