As part of its programme of promoting good employment practice and preventing disputes arising in the workplace, the Labour Relations Agency hosts workshops led by experienced Agency staff. These workshops are designed to
- assist employers develop and maintain effective employment practices and procedures that best meet their needs and which comply with statutory requirements.
- raise awareness of the provisions of employment legislation and to promote and develop good practice.
- update participants on a range of relevant issues which could affect the content of their employment documentation
The numbers attending workshops are kept small to facilitate greater participation and to provide the opportunity for questions. Comprehensive documentation will be given at the workshop.
Workshops are held in the Agency's premises in either the Belfast Office or the Regional Office on a regular basis.
Registering your Interest
If you would like to attend a workshop you can register your interest on the Registration Form by clicking on one of the following links for either the Belfast Office or the Regional Office in Londonderry or by contacting the relevant Workshop Co-ordinator by telephone/fax/e-mail. Contact details are to be found at the end of this section The Registration Form will give you details of the next available workshop
The Agency reserves the right to cancel workshops in the event that there are insufficient bookings.
Facilities for the Disabled
The Labour Relations Agency's premises have wheelchair access and toilets for disabled persons. Assistance for those with special needs (for example, hearing or learning difficulties) can be arranged by the Agency on request to the relevant Workshop Co-ordinator.
At workshops legal information is provided for guidance only and should not be regarded as an authoritative interpretation of the law. Such an interpretation can only be given by a tribunal/court in the particular circumstances which apply
The workshop provides practical help and guidance to employers who wish to draw up the following documentation:
- Written Statement of Main Terms and Conditions of Employment
The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 requires all employers to issue written statements of main terms and conditions of employment outlining details of such matters as holidays, pay and hours of work. This statement is to be issued, not later than 2 months after employment commences, to all employees [irrespective of hours worked] with at least one month’s continuous service.
- Disciplinary Rules and Procedures
Disciplinary rules and procedures help to promote fairness, consistency and order in the treatment of individuals and in the conduct of employment relations. When dealing with disciplinary cases, employers need to be aware of both the law on unfair dismissal and the statutory minimum procedures contained in the Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 for dismissing or taking disciplinary action against an employee.
- Grievance Procedures
Grievance procedures help employers to deal with grievances fairly, consistently and speedily. Employers are required by law to specify a person to whom an employee can apply for the purpose of seeking redress of any grievance relating to his/her employment, how the employee should make such applications and any further steps in this process which are available to the employee. It is important that employers and employees follow the statutory grievance procedure where it applies.
In addition to providing guidance and comprehensive documentation during the course of the workshop, the Agency also provides assistance to participants following the workshop who, for example, are experiencing difficulties in drafting particular aspects of the statement or who wish to have the Agency comment on their draft documents prior to issue.
The workshop runs for approximately 5 hours with a break for lunch.
For Workshops in Belfast please contactWorkshop Co-ordinator (Belfast Office) Labour Relations Agency
2-8 Gordon Street
Belfast BT1 2LG
Tel. 028 9033 7424 Fax: 028 9033 0827
For Workshops in the Regional Office please contact: -Workshop Co-ordinator (Regional Office) Labour Relations Agency
1-3 Guildhall Street,
Londonderry BT48 6BJ
Tel: 028 7126 9639 Fax: 028 7126 7729