• Early Conciliation

    The Labour Relations Agency provides an Early Conciliation service following a change in NI employment law which took effect on 27 January 2020.  This service helps to resolve workplace disputes in a legally binding way, without the need to take a case to the Industrial or Fair Employment Tribunal. Click below for more information or to make an Early Conciliation notification.


  • Employment Document Toolkit

    Once you are registered you can unlock our free core employment guides to help you build documents, policies and procedures for your own organisation.

  • Hybrid Working Podcast

    Hybrid working is one of the biggest drivers of change for organisations in the UK and Ireland. We are joined by leading HR practitioner, thinker and author, Gary Cookson and Ana Desmond, Senior Economist at the University of Ulster, and co-author of recent research "Is remote working, working?", to discuss how organisations should approach the topic, and ways they can get it working for them.       

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    This short video provides step-by-step instructions on how to register for an event on our website.

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About the Labour Relations Agency

We provide an impartial and confidential employment relations service to those engaged in industry, commerce and the public services. Our services include the provision of advice on good employment practices and assistance with the development and implementation of employment policies and procedures. We are also active in resolving disputes through our conciliation, mediation and arbitration services.

When people contact the Labour Relations Agency it is quite often because things are not going well in the workplace and this can be upsetting and, at times, emotional. We are here to help by listening, giving non-directive advice or whichever service we can provide in a free, impartial and independent manner. Whilst our staff are trained to handle difficult calls and callers in an understanding and empathetic way, we cannot tolerate our staff being subjected to any form of verbal abuse, bullying or harassment.

When a customer’s behaviour crosses the threshold from being upset to becoming abusive, we have advised our staff to follow an operational guideline to get them out of harm’s way and away from the abusive caller. Work can be hard enough without taking it out on someone who is here to help if they can, so please respect our staff.