The Human Rights Act 1998, which came into force in October 2000 incorporates the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and allows individuals and organisations to go to court or to a tribunal to seek a remedy if they believe that the rights conferred on them by the European Convention have been violated by a public authority. The main articles in relation to the employment field include:
The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.