The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. ACAS's staff are employment relations experts. Their job is to help people work together effectively. This ranges from setting up the right structures and systems to finding a way of settling disputes when things go wrong.
Action Mental Health
Action Mental Health aims to enhance the quality of life and employability of people with mental health needs or a learning disability
Advice NI provides advice on Tax Credits, benefits and Money Advice.
The Agence Nationale pour l’amelioration des conditions de travail is a French organization with the central aim of promoting improved employment relations and conditions.
Andrea Adams Trust
A charity operating as the focus for the problems caused by bullying behaviour in the workplace.
The Australian Industrial Relations Commission
The Australian Government: Dept of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
The Austrian Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour
Ban Bullying at Work
This website is the combined effort of a number of organisations who are working to raise awareness of bullying in the workplace in the UK. This is a central resource for activities and links to all interested groups.
Belfast City Online
This website is a portal to Belfast City covering services, news and events.
Business in the Community
Business in the Community is a membership of companies with the leadership to translate corporate values and commitments into mainstream management practice. These companies measure and report on progress and illustrate the action being taken to improve the impact of their operations, products and services on society and the environment.
Business in the Community has launched an Employer's Guide to Employing Migrant Workers. This is a web based Guide. The Guide has been produced to provide an easy reference point for employers who need information on the various aspects associated with the employment of migrant workers.
The British Universities Industrial Relations Association
The British Universities Industrial Relations Association is the UK association of academics in industrial relations and associated disciplines. Its key objective is to promote the study of industrial relations.
The Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
The Canada Industrial Relations Board
The Canada Industrial Relations Board has the mandate to contribute to and promote effective industrial relations in any work, undertaking or business that falls within the authority of the Parliament of Canada.
The Canadian Public Service Labour Relations Board
The Confederation of British Industry is the UK's leading employers' organisation; it is Britain's Business voice.
Citizens Advice is the largest advice charity in Northern Ireland, working against poverty and meeting the information and advice needs of people across a wide range of advice categories.
The Czech Republic Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
The Department for Employment & Learning
The Department for Employment & Learning is working towards a vision of a peaceful, inclusive, prosperous, stable and fair society. It is responsible for third level education, training and a range of employment measures, all aimed at giving people the skills, knowledge and opportunities to work.
This is a direct link to the Department of Employment and Learning ER Booklets
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment in the Republic of Ireland – Industrial Relations Section
The Dutch Labour Foundation
EMAS (Employment Medical Advisory)
EMAS is a statutory advisory body within the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI). It is staffed by a specialist doctor, nurse and support staff.
EMAS gives advice on health matters relating to work, to organisations and individuals including employers, employees, trade unions, regulators, health care professionals and others.
The European Commissions’ Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Directorates
The European Commissions’ Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Directorates website regularly features material which may be of interest to users of the LRA website.
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
The Foundation is a European body which regularly features items relevant to industrial and employment relations in the European Union.
Equality Direct is an England wide telephone advice service and supporting website for business, offering authoritative, confidential and downtoearth advice about equality issues.
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland works to advance equality, promote equality of opportunity, encourage good relations and challenge discrimination through promotion, advice and enforcement
The Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs
At the heart of the Fairtrade system are the farmers and workers who are members of Fairtrade certified producer organisations. Ranging in size from small co-operatives to large plantations and scattered over Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, they supply the UK market with Fairtrade certified products.
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS)
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with two regional offices and more than 70 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.
The Federation of Small Businesses
The FSB is non-profit making and non-party political
The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.
The Finnish Ministry of Labour
The German Federal Ministry of Economics
Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA)
The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) regulates those who supply labour or use workers to provide services in agriculture, forestry, horticulture, shellfish gathering and food processing and packaging.
The States of Guernsey Department of Commerce and Employment
The States of Guernsey Department of Commerce and Employment perform the role of promoting good industrial relations through the offices of the Senior Industrial Relations Advisory Officer.
HM Revenue & Customs
HMRC is responsible for collecting the bulk of tax revenue, as well as paying Tax Credits and Child Benefits, and strengthening the UK's frontiers
HMRC have a range of education products which include:
- E-learning packages for self- employed customers and employers. Starting your own business for the self-employed covers all aspects of starting and growing a business. Becoming an employer deals with taking on and paying employees.
- A range of webinars. These enable customers to attend a seminar at a time to suit them. HMRC have both live and pre-recorded webinars covering a range of topics.
- A selection of short videos on YouTube covering subjects such as Registering as Self-Employed, PAYE, Record Keeping and Construction Industry. These are a really useful way to get a quick overview on various subjects.
- Business help and education emails is a free service to provide customers with emails from HMRC that are tailored to their needs. They are designed to help customers understand what they need to do and how to get it right first time.
- Record keeping for mobile devices will enable customers to access apps to help make life a little easier for busy people on the go. A ready reckoner is also available to help customers budget for their first tax bill and tax help fact sheets are a good source of straightforward guidance that customers can download.
- @HMRCbusiness is a Twitter account designed to provide help to business. HMRC tweet about our educational products, upcoming tax matters and online guidance. Followers can also ask general queries via twitter, but any individual’s specific tax issues or personal circumstance cannot be discussed
The Home Office
Responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales.
Health and Safety Executive, Northern Ireland (HSENI)
HSENI (The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland) is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI). HSENI is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland.
Health and Safety Works NI
Health and Safety Works NI, the small business advisory service of HSENI was established specifically to help small businesses throughout Northern Ireland effectively manage workplace health and safety, comply with their legal responsibilities and improve overall business performance.
The Icelandic Ministry of Social Affairs
Industrial Relations Research Trust
The Trust was established for educational purposes to raise funds to provide educational scholarships/bursaries to support and fund postgraduate research in the field of Industrial Relations
The Industrial Relations Research Unit
This Unit is based at the University Of Warwick and is a leading European Centre for research and analysis on the employment relationship.
Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal Northern Ireland
Industrial Tribunals hear and determine complaints under various employment protection legislation and the various antidiscrimination enactments. The Fair Employment Tribunal hears and determines complaints of discrimination on the grounds of religious belief or political opinion.
The Information Commissioner
The Information Commissioner is an independent official appointed by the Crown to oversee the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The International Industrial Relations Association
The International Industrial Relations Association was established in 1966 to promote the study of industrial relations around the world.
Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC)
The Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) represents and provides economic, commercial, employee relations and social affairs services to some 7,000 companies and organisations from all sectors of economic and commercial activity.
Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)
ICTU is the largest civil society organisation on the island, representing and campaigning on behalf of some 770,000 working people. There are currently 56 unions affiliated to Congress, north and south of the border.
ICTU website for Northern Ireland
Invest Northern Ireland
Invest Northern Ireland was formed in April 2002 by the Northern Ireland Government as the main economic development organisation
The Labour Relations Commission, Ireland
The Labour Relations Commission, Ireland website contains information about the role and functions of the Commission and the range of advisory and mediation services offered and information about labour relations and employment law and practices in Ireland.
Legal Island provides information, conferencing, training and e-mall information bulletins in the area of employment law.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Social Security and Labour
The Low Pay Commission (LPC)
The Low Pay Commission (LPC) was established as a result of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to advise the Government about the National Minimum Wage.
The Manx Industrial Relations Service
The Manx Industrial Relations Service is an independent government funded service with the primary responsibility of promoting good industrial relations on the Isle of Man. http://www.gov.im/mirs/about.xml
The National Centre for Partnership Performance
The NCPP was set up by the Government in the Republic of Ireland to support and drive change in the Irish workplace. Its remit is essentially to enable organisations in both the public and private sectors to respond to change, build capability and improve performance.
National Employment Rights Authority
The key information source on employment rights for employers and employees in the Republic Of Ireland.
NetRegs provides free environmental guidance for small and medium-sized businesses in the UK. They will help businesses to understand what they need to do to comply with environmental law and protect the environment.They may even help businesses to save money by showing ways to use resources more efficiently.
The New Zealand Employment Relations Authority
The New Zealand Industrial Relations Foundation
The New Zealand Industrial Relations Foundation has the overall purpose of promoting, via education, better industrial relations within New Zealand.
Practical advice for Northern Ireland Business
The official government website for Northern Ireland citizens
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) is the representative body for voluntary, community and charitable groups in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Certification Office for Trade Unions and Employers' Associations
The Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Health Service Ombudsman
The Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Health Service Ombudsman undertake independent investigations into complaints about government departments, a range of other public bodies, and the National Health Service.
The Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
The Slovakian Ministry of Labour
The Slovenian Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs
The South African Department of Labour
The South African Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration
The Spanish Ministry for Work and Social Affairs
The Government Offices of Sweden
The Survive and Thrive Programme
The Survive and Thrive Programme works throughout the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council areas seeking businesses that require support to survive and grow and put appropriate support in place to enable this survival and growth. Business reviews are completed for each business by the Project Coordinator who develops an action plan or signposts to an existing provision. The Action Plan sets out recommended mentor support in various business areas and this is agreed by the Coordinator and the client business and appropriate expertise is sought from the Business Mentor List. The programme is free to eligible businesses. Please click the link below for more information."
The Trade Unions Congress (TUC)
The TUC is the voice of Britain at work. With more than 70 member unions representing nearly seven million working people from all walks of life, we campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.
UK Border Agency
The UK Border Agency has two separate operational units within the Home Office. The units are:
- UK Visas and Immigration - responsible for handling visa applications to come to the UK, applications to extend a stay in the UK on a temporary and permanent basis, applications for asylum, appeals, correspondence and Sponsor management
- Immigration Enforcement - responsible for investigating immigration offences, detaining and removing individuals with no right to be in the UK, preventing abuse of the immigration system.
The Work Foundation
The Work Foundation is a not for profit organisation which exists to campaign for Good Work. They have expertise in research and practical consultancy and leadership interventions.
Workingrights is a public interest website focused on understanding rights as an employee or employer.
Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS)
This is a link to the 2004 (Workplace Employment Relations Survey) WERS study