This page will be used to provide information about recent legislation changes which affect the Industrial Tribunal and Fair Employment procedures.
The Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011
comes into operation on 3rd April 2011. The Act makes provision about the procedures for the resolution of employment disputes and the procedures of industrial tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal.Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011
The statutory regulations governing the procedures of these tribunals are:The Industrial Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005
Amendment: SR 2005 No. 376
, commenced 31 August 2005
Amendment No. 2 SR 2005 No. 578
, commenced 31 December 2005The Fair Employment Tribunal (Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2005
Correction: SR 2005 No. 151
Amendment: SR 2005 No. 579
, commenced 31 December 2005.
From 3 April 2005 the Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004
applies, giving new rights and responsibilities to both employers and employees; these set out:
Statutory minimum dismissal and disciplinary procedures (for use when an employer is unhappy with an employee’s performance) and
Statutory minimum grievance procedures (for use when an employee is unhappy with something their employer has done which may be in breach of the law).
For more information and guidance on the statutory dispute resolution procedures, visit www.delni.gov.uk/resolvingdisputes
or contact the Labour Relations Agency
(see useful information)The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006
came into operation on 1 October 2006.
The Regulations prohibit both direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of an individual's age. The concepts of direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, and victimisation are the same as apply under existing NI discrimination law.