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Keep up to date with the latest in employment relations in Northern Ireland

National Minimum Wage Changes 2020

01 April 2020
Annual changes to the National Minimum Wage Regulations come into effect 1 April 2020.

Emergency Changes to Statutory Sick Pay Law in NI to Reflect Covid 19

23 March 2020
New Regulations amend the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rules in Northern Ireland, meaning that a person who is isolating him/herself from others, in accordance with advice on Coronavirus disease, is deemed to be incapable of work. New (as of 19/3/20) amending legislation changed the reference date from 12 March to 16 March 2020 Details can be found here

Covid-19 - Collective Conciliation Service Interim Delivery Arrangements

20 March 2020
In line with existing public health advice and the Agency’s consequent decision to restrict all face-to-face contact between staff and service users it has been necessary to rethink the practical arrangements governing delivery of the Collective Conciliation Service.


12 November 2019
Following a change in employment law, the Labour Relations Agency will provide a new service to employees, employers, and their representatives. 

LRA Public Meeting to Focus on Introduction of New ‘Early Conciliation’ Service

11 October 2019
New workplace dispute resolution service required by Employment Act (NI) 2016 

LRA launches Customer Charter

07 October 2019
The LRA's new Customer Charter sets out the standards customers can expect when using any of our services.  It also explains how to provide feedback to the Agency on those services.

Labour Relations Agency, Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to Offer Free ‘Essentials of Employment Legislation’ Event

30 September 2019
The Labour Relations Agency, Fermanagh Enterprise Limited and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council have joined forces to offer a free event on the Essentials of Employment Legislation on Tuesday 8 October.  

Labour Relations Agency’s New North West Office Open for Business

21 June 2019
The Labour Relations Agency has moved to a new location in Derry/Londonderry’s Richmond Chambers in The Diamond.  The more accessible city centre office has newly refurbished seminar and meeting rooms for the delivery of the Agency’s dispute resolution and advisory services.

A Seasonal Employment Information Session - Portrush

07 March 2019

As visitor numbers to the Causeway Coast and Glens continue to rise each year, local businesses employ large numbers of seasonal staff and, with The 148th Open Championship taking place in July, more staff than ever will be required to service the needs of the increased number of visitors.

Labour Relations Agency Tees Off Event on Hiring Seasonal Staff

01 March 2019

Employers in the Causeway Coast and Glens area, who plan to hire seasonal staff during the 148th British Open golf tournament, are invited to attend a free event jointly hosted by the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) and local Council.