New Rules for Workplace Disputes

By Treasa Howell
Thursday, 10th December 2015
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The Workplace Relations Act 2015 makes a number of changes to how workplace disputes are handled and to which bodies look after them. It aims to bring work done by a range of bodies under one umbrella. It takes over some of the roles of the Labour Relations Commission, the Equality Tribunal and the Employment Appeals Tribunal, among others. The new Workplace Relations Commission was established in October 2015 and one of its functions is to streamline services for people involved in workplace disputes.

The Workplace Relations Commission – What is its Role?

Apart from being the main body dealing with disputes, the Commission will also work in a range of areas including:

• Promotion of good workplaces and good industrial relations at work

• Providing information on the Workplace Relations Act & changes to law

• Advice & information to government and state bodies on how to maintain a good workplace for all staff

• Conducting research and monitoring developments in the workplace

• Providing relevant employment law information to members of the public, employers and employees

Workplace Disputes – Who to turn to?

If you have a problem in the workplace, be it a complaint, a dispute or dismissal, we recommend that you seek legal advice. While you are not compelled to use the services of a solicitor, it can be immensely beneficial in areas such as witness statements and advice. Often your solicitor will work with your union, if you are in a union, to help resolve the situation. At Howell & Co. we have experts in employment law, who can guide, advise or represent you in any employment dispute. We represent employers and employees, so we have the experience needed to see the whole situation. We also have the knowledge and skills to help you get the best outcome in relation to your employment problem. If you need help in dispute resolution, be it formal or informal, we are there to help.

All employment disputes are now dealt with by The Workplace Relations Commission. This is designed to give people one route for their complaint. Employment law can be complex and employment disputes can be extremely stressful. At Howell & Co. we work closely with clients to help them find their way through all aspects of dealing with the Commission in relation to their case.

We can help you in a large range of areas, including:

• Bullying in the workplace

• Making a complaint

• Defending your good name in the workplace

• Defence against a complaint

• Suspension or dismissal from work

• Discrimination & equality issues

• Employment Appeals

No matter what your situation, we know that being involved in an issue which affects you at work, is very stressful. It can be hard to tackle the problem on your own. At Howell & Co. you will receive support and the best advice and/or representation available. Contact us at any time and we will be happy to help you find the best resolution for you.