We provide a range of resources to help you navigate employment relations in Northern Ireland

  • Early Conciliation Explained - January 2020

    Advisory guide

    This leaflet provides a guide to Early Conciliation.  It explains how this free service is provided by the Labour Relations Agency as a means to resolve workplace disputes as an alternative to taking a claim to the Industrial or Fair Employment Tribunal.

    Last modified: 23 January 2020
  • Shared Parental Leave and Pay: Employers' Technical Guide to Shared Parental Leave and Pay

    This guide was published by the Department for the Economy.

    Eligible employees of babies due to be born or placed for adoption from April 2015 will have a new statutory entitlement to shared parental leave and pay. This technical guidance is for employers who think their employee(s) may be eligible.

    Last modified: 17 July 2019
  • Panel of Arbitrators

    The Labour Relations Agency works with 19 independent arbitrators who specialise in different areas and who will chair an independent appeal panel.

    Last modified: 05 June 2019
  • Information note 6 TUPE February 2016

    Last modified: 03 June 2019
  • Board/SLT Register of Interests

    Register of Board Member and Senior Leadership Team Interests at May 2019
    Last modified: 29 May 2019
  • Recruiting people with conflict-related convictions - Employers' Guidance

    Advisory guide Guide

    This guidance is for all employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors. It has been developed by a working group co-chaired by Sir George Quigley and Nigel Hamilton and comprising representatives of Government departments, the Irish Congress of Trades Unions, the Confederation of British Industry and a representative group of ex-prisoners. 

    Last modified: 21 May 2019
  • The Transposition into Ireland and NI of the European Directives on Fixed Term Work and Working Time

    Report Research Report

    This report has been prepared by Marguerite Bolger and Barry Fitzpatrick for the Labour Relations Commission and the Labour Relations Agency. It contains an examination of the transposition in Ireland and Northern Ireland of the Fixed Term Work Directive and the Working Time Directive, together with analysis of relevant case law.

    Last modified: 21 May 2019
  • Contracts of Employment Question and Answer

    Last modified: 21 May 2019
  • Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05

    Last modified: 22 March 2019
  • Annual Report and Accounts 2015-16

    Last modified: 22 March 2019
  • Cookies policy


    When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable.

    Last modified: 21 March 2019
  • National Fraud Initiative Notice


    The Labour Relations Agency is required to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

    Last modified: 21 March 2019