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Workplace Information Service: 03300 555 300
(for general queries relating to employment rights)

Main switchboard: 03300 552 220
(for queries relating to Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation)

Calls are charged at normal standard rate.

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About the Labour Relations Agency

Who We Are

The Labour Relations Agency (the Agency) was established in 1976 as a Non-Departmental Public Body with responsibility for promoting the improvement of employment relations in Northern Ireland. The Agency is independent of Government and is funded mainly in the form of a grant from the Department for the Economy (DfE).

What We Do

The Agency provides an impartial and confidential employment relations service to those engaged in industry, commerce and the public services. The Agency's services include the provision of advice on good employment practices and assistance with the development and implementation of employment policies and procedures. The Agency is also active in resolving disputes through its conciliation, mediation and arbitration services.

Agency Structure

The policy of the Agency is determined by a Board consisting of a part-time Chairman and nine other members appointed by the DfE. Members of the Agency's Board are appointed on the basis of their knowledge of, and experience in, employment relations. The Board normally comprises members from employer bodies, trade unions or those who have a relevant academic or employment law background. The Agency publishes an Annual Report and Accounts.

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Latest News from the LRA

National Minimum Wage amendments - Are you ready?

National Minimum Wage amendments - Are you ready?

On 1/4/19 annual changes to the National Minimum Wage come into effect - In summary the main changes are as follows - 25 year old + rate £8.21 per hour 21-24 year old rate...

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Changes in employment related rates

Changes in employment related rates

In April each year changes occur to important employment related rates and limits that LRA customers should be aware of. These changes happen every April, normally between 1st and 8th and relate...

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Employment Law Revision Day with Mark McAllister

Employment Law Revision Day with Mark McAllister

Ref: https://www.legal-island.com/articles/uk/features/supplementary/2019/jan/employment-law-revision-day-with-mark-mcallister/

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GDPR is here

GDPR is here

The new law on data protection, commonly referred to as GDPR comes into operation today 25/5/18 and is made operative in the UK via the Data Protection Act 2018 which can be found in PDF...

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LRA Board

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Deirdre Fitzpatrick

Daire Murphy

Louise Crilly

Michelle McGinley

Alison Millar

Gary McMichael

Pauline Shepherd

Albert Mills

Workplace Information Service

The Agency’s Workplace Information Service is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Workplace Information Service advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Workplace Information Service is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.

The Workplace Information Service 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.

03300 555 300
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