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Jul 15

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Michelle Arkins

Workplace Relations Commission to commence from 1st October 2015

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, on Monday the 8th of June welcomed the signing into law of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 and announced that the Act will be commenced on 1st October 2015.

The reform of employment rights and industrial relations bodies is a major piece of public service reform and will see the existing five employment rights bodies merged into two bodies:

• The Workplace Relations Commission will deal with all cases at first instance
• The Labour Court will deal with all cases on appeal

Through the better use of technology and shared services, the cost of running these bodies will be reduced through staff reductions, eliminating duplication and centralising administration and case management services. This rationalisation will deliver a much better service to the end users, both employers and employees, and at a reduced cost to the state.

Minister Bruton said: “Reform of the State’s employment rights and industrial relations bodies has two principal goals: to deliver a better service for employers and employees, and to deliver savings for the taxpayer, businesses and workers. We have seen major progress in these areas already, and the formal establishment of the WRC will see further gains. The announcement we are making today is a further important step towards the final delivery of this important reform”.

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