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


Please note that on 6 December 2022 we will have moved our Head Office to new premises at James House, 2-4 Cromac Avenue, the Gasworks, Belfast.  However, some of our guides and resources may still have our old, Gordon Street address on them.  We are systematically working our way through to update them with the new address.  Phone numbers (03300 555 300 and 03300 552 220) and email addresses remain the same.

  • Hybrid Working - Here to stay or past its use-by date?


    There has been a noticeable drift back to the workplace following the pandemic, with the proportion of NI employees working remotely for some of the time falling from 41% in April 2020 to 17%.  Ironically, even Zoom has recently decided to bring its staff back to the office for at least part of the week.

    With this in mind, CIPD NI and the Labour Relations Agency ran a webinar on 16 October 2023 to take stock of the HR profession’s  experience of hybrid working to date.  CIPD NI Branch Chair Nicola Barber hosted the event, and we were joined by an expert panel comprising:

    •      Ulster University Economist Ana Desmond, co-author of ‘Is remote working, working?’ – research into remote working patterns in NI, published in August 2023;

    •      Leading HR practitioner and thinker Gary Cookson, author of ‘HR for Hybrid Working’ published in June 2022; and,

    •      Caroline Samia from the Labour Relations Agency.

    The event was recorded, and is now available to view below. The slide deck used during the event is also available for download.

    Last modified: 20 October 2023
  • Webinar - Basic Employment Rights for Young People


    This short webinar provides a whistle-stop tour of basic employment rights relevant to young people starting out on their employment journey.

    Last modified: 10 October 2023
  • Webinar - Maternity Leave and Pay


    This short webinar focuses on legal rights, types of maternity leave, how pay is calculated, maternity discrimination, returning to work and breastfeeding.

    Last modified: 15 September 2023
  • Webinar - Pregnancy at Work


    This short webinar provides a whistle-stop tour of pregnancy at work. It covers notification, arranging cover, health and safety, antenatal care, pregnancy discrimination and returning to work. 

    Last modified: 15 September 2023
  • Webinar - Flexible Working


    This webinar aims to help employers understand their duties and responsibilities and to promote good employment practice. It includes an overview of the statutory flexible working process from employee request, the right of accompaniment, the right of appeal through to communication of the final decision

    Last modified: 15 September 2023
  • The Cost of Workplace Conflict Podcast

    The Cost of Workplace Conflict

    Recent research has estimated the cost of workplace conflict for employers in Northern Ireland to be £851 million per year.

    For the fifth podcast in our series on "Challenging Workplaces", we are joined by one of the authors of the research, Professor Richard Saundry from Westminster University, along with Nicola Barber, Chair of CIPD Northern Ireland, and our own Director of Employment Services, Mark McAllister, to discuss the topic and how managerial capability could help reduce these costs.

    Last modified: 29 October 2023
  • Webinar - Staff Retention


    This webinar looks at staff retention, the essential elements that make up a retention strategy and the tangible benefits to an organisation of retaining good staff.

    Last modified: 15 September 2023
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to 2025

    EDI Strategy

    This Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy provides a road map as to how LRA will drive systemic change and build a diverse, inclusive environment in which our personal differences are cherished and where everyone can thrive.

    Last modified: 07 August 2023
  • Having Conversations about Domestic Abuse at Work


    A short, practical guide developed in partnership with Recentre to support you in handling safe conversations about domestic abuse at work.

    Last modified: 06 July 2023
  • Four Day Working Week Podcast

    Four day working week

    In the fourth podcast in the "Challenging Workplaces" series, we discuss the four day week, and whether it might be time to reassess the traditional Monday to Friday working pattern in the modern workplace.

    Last modified: 04 July 2023
  • Respectful Conversations Podcast and Guide


    Our 'Respectful Conversations' podcast has been produced in partnership with Diversity Mark to support employers who want to encourage respectful conversations at work.

    This is the third podcast in our Challenging Workplaces series. 

    Last modified: 24 July 2023
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse Podcast


    This is the second podcast in our Challenging Workplaces series.  Our Employment Relations Manager, Helen Smyth, and Clare Moore of NIC ICTU join host Glenn Baker to talk about Domestic Violence and Abuse, the importance of seeing it as a workplace issue, and how employers can best support any employees who are experiencing it.

    Last modified: 09 January 2023