Dispute Resolution Regulations
On 3 April 2005, the Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 came into effect giving new rights and responsibilities to both employers and employees.
From that date, all employers where required to follow minimum procedures for resolving disputes about employment issues. The minimum procedures are for dealing with grievances (complaints by an employee) and with disciplinary action and dismissal (actions the employer can take against an employee). The statutory procedures relating to grievances were repealed on 3rd April 2011.