Mar 2017

In recent times news headlines have highlighted that in the modern working world it is not always clear what type of contract people are working under and this in turn begs the question, what is my employment status? Invariably there will be one of three potential answers – an employee, a worker, or an self-employed independent contractor.

If only it were that simple. Many modern...

Mar 2017

The Up-rating legislation is due to come into operation in NI on various dates in April (notably 2nd and 6th) for SSP, SMP etc.

No. 56 The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2017

This Order, one of a series of statutory rules relating to the annual up-rating of social security benefits provides for the rates of certain social security...

Mar 2017

From this year, all National Minimum Wage rates and the National Living Wage rate will be set on 1 April of each year.

The minimum wage rates will increase on 1 April 2017 to:

  • National Living Wage (25 years old and over) - £7.50 per hour
  • National Minimum Wage adult rate (21 to 24 years old) - £7.05 per hour
  • National Minimum Wage (18 to 20 years...

Mar 2017

In GB from 6th April 2017 compensation and limits figures for things such as a week’s pay for the purposes of statutory redundancy pay and unfair dismissal calculation will change in GB only.

When changes apply to Northern Ireland you will be notified on this website.

Nov 2016

The Labour Relations Agency announces the release of its Events Programme for January 2017 to June 2017.

Led by experienced Advisory Officers, our events assist in dealing with the many employment issues that impact on the workplace. They raise awareness of relevant legislation and promote and develop good practice.

All our events are free to attend and are held at the...

Nov 2016

The Equality Commission has published a guide for employers in Northern Ireland on Pregnancy and Maternity at Work. This guidance was produced in partnership with the Labour Relations Agency

Download this publication at Pregnancy and Maternity

Nov 2016

This booklet has been published by the Metropolitan Police Service Falcon (Fraud and Linked Crime Online). It has been designed specifically to offer advice to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on staying safe in the cyber world.

The Labour Relations Agency feels that this advice is vital to SMEs on the high street, on industrial estates, online or at home in Northern Ireland.


Nov 2016

Whether your engagement with employee representatives involves negotiation, consultation or information sharing all involved need to be clear about their roles, rights and responsibilities. These should be recorded in an agreed constitution establishing the joint committee.

To be effective these joint committees need to operate successfully and produce positive outcomes. In many...

Nov 2016

The Equality Commission has welcomed the Labour Relations Agency as the latest signatory to its ‘Every Customer Counts’ initiative.  The initiative was designed to encourage organisations and businesses across Northern Ireland to consider if they can improve the service they offer to clients and customers with a disability.

Nov 2016

The Labour Relations Agency will be exhibiting at the NI Small Business Conference 'Empowering Your Business' on Thursday 10th November 2016 at the Canal Court Hotel, Newry. 

Further information can be obtained at

Nov 2016

The Agency held its annual Public Meeeting on Thursday 20th October 2016 at the MAC in Belfast, which consisted of a "Public Board Meeting" and the yearly lecture on Employment Relations. Marie Malon, Chair of the Agency spoke of last 12 months, highlighting the fact that the Labour Relations Agency had just celebrated its 40th birthday during October. Marie paid tribute to all those, both...

Nov 2016

Uber may have to grant its drivers basic employment rights such as the National Minimum Wage and holiday pay after it lost a London tribunal over the treatment of its drivers.

Uber is likely to appeal the decision

The case was brought by the GMB trade union following claims that Uber had disregarded its drivers' basic employment rights.


Oct 2016

The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in British Gas v Lock.  This is a significant case on the calculation of holiday pay.

Mr Lock was a salesman on a basic salary with variable commission paid in arrears. Mr Lock's commission depended not on the time worked, but sales achieved. Mr Lock could not earn commission whilst on leave, and therefore would lose income by...

Sep 2016

On 1st October 2016 the new rates will be:

  • £6.95 per hour - 21-24 years old
  • £5.55 per hour 18 - 20 years old
  • £4 per hour - 16-17 years old
  • £3.40 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.

The rate will then change every April starting April 2017.


May 2016

The number of Government departments has been reduced from 12 to nine from 09 May 2016.

A commitment under the Fresh Start agreement, this is the biggest reorganisation of central government in Northern Ireland in the last 16 years.

The nine new departments are:

  • The Executive Office
  • Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
  • Communities
  • ...


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

The Helpline 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.

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Please note that we cannot deal with employment-related enquiries by e-mail. To receive information or advice about an employment-related issue, please telephone our Helpline on Belfast 90 321442 where an officer will speak with you directly about your query. Please note that the Agency can arrange the services of an interpreter if required.

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