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 www.nismallbusinessconference.com

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
  • ...

May 2016

This eventh edition of the employment and equality law up-date produced jointly by the Labour Relations Agency and the Equality Commission has now been published. To read the review please click on the related publication below.

Apr 2016

There will be no annual increase in statutory rates, including maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay.

The current weekly rate of statutory maternity pay and other parental payments is £139.58, or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate.

The rate of statutory sick pay...

Apr 2016

BIS has updated and published 'National Minimum Wage Law: Enforcement'. This document sets out:

  • how the revised scheme to name employers who break national minimum wage (NMW) law (which came into effect on 1 October 2013) operates
  • the changes made to the NMW financial penalty (which came into effect on 1 April 2016)
  •  how the government operates the...

Mar 2016

The Government has just launched more detailed guidance material on paying the National Living Wage and it can be found here

Feb 2016

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order (NI) 2016 comes into effect on Sunday 14th February 2016. This sets out the annual increase in limits for calculating a week’s pay for redundancy and UD purposes.

A weeks pay will increase to £500 (up from £490)

The limit on the Compensatory award will increase to £79,100 ( up from £78,400)


Feb 2016

Ulster University’s SME Centre in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses and Upstream will host a special breakfast event to celebrate SMEs in Northern Ireland and discuss some of the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Recent research has identified that the top 2 barriers to business growth are; access to and cost of financial help as well as marketing and...

Telephone Enquiry Point

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

The Enquiry Point 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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