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Feb 13

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Sean McHugh

Cases in Employment Appeals Tribunal take up to 83 weeks for Hearing

In recent figures issued to RTÉ news, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation confirmed that the average waiting period for an unfair dismissals case at the Employment Appeals Tribunal is 75 weeks in Dublin and 83 weeks in the rest of the country.

At the start of 2013 there are just over 5,000 cases waiting to be listed for hearing resulting in both employers and workers have to wait around a year and a half for a hearing.

While the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation noted that the EAT has increased the number of cases disposed of in recent years - with an additional 13% of cases handled in 2012, it identified that there are significant delays in issuing determinations - with the longest delay involving a case where a ruling post-hearing has been awaited for 104 weeks.

The department stressed that the EAT is independent in exercising its quasi-judicial function and that the minister has no direct involvement in its day to day operations.

The department said the tribunal aims to issue 80% of determinations within ten weeks of a hearing taking place.

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