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Saoirse Moloney

WRC Inspections: What you need to know

WRC inspectors carry out employment rights compliance inspections and associated enquires. In general, an employer will get advance notice of an inspection. In some instances, an inspector has the right to show up unannounced.

Inspectors have the following powers:

  • To inspect and take copies of any documents or records
  • To remove any books, documents, or records and retain them for such period as the inspector considers necessary for the purposes or their functions under the Workplace Relations Act 2015
  • To require any person at the place of work or premises to produce such books, records or documents as the inspector may require for the purposes of their functions under this Act
  • To examine any person who they believe to be or have been an employer or employee, and to require such person to answer questions as the inspector may ask relating to the employment.

Preparing for an inspection

Employers should always be prepared for a WRC inspection as these may happen at any stage.

Employers Checklist:

  • Employers’ registration number with Revenue Commissioners
  • A list of all employees: full names, addresses, and PPS numbers
  • Dates of commencement and dates of termination of employment
  • Written terms of employment for each of the employees
  • Employee’s job classification
  • A record of annual leave and Public Holidays took by each employee
  • Hours of work for each employee (start and finish time)
  • Payroll details: gross to net, rate per hour, overtime, deductions, commission, bonuses, service charges, etc.
  • Evidence that Employees were provided with pay slips
  • A register of any employees under 18 years of age
  • Details of any board and lodgings provided
  • Employment permits or evidence that permit is not required as appropriate for non-EEA nationals

The Inspection


  • Response to alleged non-compliance
  • WRC compliance campaigns- sector/legislation specific
  • Routine inspections

Conduction of the inspection

The inspection will carry out an interview with the Employer or their representative. At this stage, all relevant records will be requested, calculated, and examined.

After examining the records, the inspector will interview a sample of employees to gather additional information. These findings will be shared with the employer.

If it appears that all is compliant, the inspector will issue a letter concluding the inspection.

Examining the records

Accurate records can protect employers from false allegations

The inspector will examine a sample of records over a period of one year prior to the examination. They will then determine if they should examine further records within the previous years from what they see in the first records.

Examples of inspection Offences

  • Failure to pay the National Minimum Wage rate
  • Failure to keep employment records for a period of 3 years
  • Failure to give a statement of wages (e.g. payslip)
  • Employing a person who is not an EEA or Swiss national without a valid employment permit or other valid permission to work.

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