This Act makes provision relating to the resolution, mediation and adjudication of disputes and complaints relating to contravention of, or entitlements under, certain enactments governing the employment relationship between employers and employees.
It provides a statutory basis for a new structure which will replace the existing five State bodies with two : the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), the Equality Tribunal, the first instance functions of the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) and the first instance functions of the Labour Court will be replaced by the new Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the appellate function of the EAT will be transferred to a new expanded Labour Court.
The WRC will deal with all cases in the first instance; the Labour Court will deal with all cases on appeal. The Act also provides for the repeal and amendment of certain enactments and provides for related matters.
Before final enactment Commencement order (s) are required as per sect 1 (2) of the Act but it is expected that the Act shall come into operation by 1st July next.
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