Labour Relations Agency Arbitration Scheme - Guide to the Scheme

Revised January 2013

The Agency was given the power to introduce the Scheme by the Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992, as amended, and the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998. Subsequently, the Scheme has been established by means of the Labour Relations Agency Arbitration Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) 2012.

The Scheme provides a voluntary alternative to a tribunal for the resolution of claims that could be the subject of proceedings before an Industrial Tribunal and/or the Fair Employment Tribunal.

This guide provides information on:

  • The operation of the Scheme.
  • How to make a claim under the Scheme.
  • How to prepare for an arbitration hearing.
  • The procedure which will be adopted by an arbitrator at that hearing.
Further information and help

If you require further information or help with this publication please contact us.

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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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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.

If you have an employment relations issue in Great Britain please contact the ACAS Helpline on 0300 123 1100 .

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