The Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 (Commencement No. 3) Order (Northern Ireland) 2020

This Order brings into operation certain provisions of the Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 on 27th January 2020.

Article 2(a) to (e) commence provisions on early conciliation of employment disputes.

Article 2(f) commences the provision which places an obligation on the Department to review early conciliation.

Article 2(g) and (h) commences the provisions that permits the Department to make regulations which provide that the members of the panel of chairmen of industrial tribunals and Fair Employment Tribunal may be referred to as employment judges.

Article 2(i) commences the provision which prohibits the Labour Relations Agency, or persons appointed by the Agency, from releasing information relating to a worker, employer of a worker, or a trade union, that they hold in the course of performing their functions.

Article 2(j) corrects a small number of references in the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992, dealing with statutory shared parental pay, which were introduced by the Work and Families Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

Article 2(k) updates legislative references in Schedules 2 and 4 to the Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003.

Article 2(l) and (o) gives effect to the dispute resolution repeals in Schedule 3 of the Act.

Article 2(m) and (n) gives effect to Schedules 1 and 2, which respectively, make minor and consequential amendments to existing legislation, and set out how the relevant time limits for bringing a claim will be extended where necessary to provide sufficient time for early conciliation to take place and to ensure that the claimant is not disadvantaged.