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The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

06 April 2020
The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2020 brings changes to Statutory Sick Pay, Maternity Pay, Paternity pay and Parental pay from 6 April 2020.      

No 42 The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

06 April 2020
This Order increases, from 6th April 2020, the limits applying to certain awards of industrial tribunals, the Fair Employment Tribunal or Labour Relations Agency statutory arbitration. Examples of these rates include the maximum amount of “a week’s pay” for the purpose of calculating a redundancy payment or various awards, including the basic or additional award of compensation for unfair dismissal is now £560. The limit on amount of guarantee payment payable to an employee in respect of any day is now £30.00. The other rates can be found in the Schedule to the Order.

National Minimum Wage Changes 2020

01 April 2020
The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2020 These Regulations are the annual amendments to the National Minimum Wage legislation which has existed since 1999 and they come into effect on 1/4/20. The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 The purpose of these regulations is to reduce burdens on businesses employing salaried staff (those paid an annual salary in equal instalments) from complying with the NMW rules, without removing protections or benefits for workers.

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.