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Employment Law – NI and GB - The Differences

Briefing highlights

This briefing is intended to give participants an overview of the main differences between employment law in Northern Ireland as compared with Great Britain.  Employment law is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and in recent years reforms that have occurred in GB have not been replicated in NI thus creating several distinct differences in core areas of employment law such as unfair dismissal and the law as it relates to trade unions and industrial action.  Some areas of employment law may possibly be reformed in 2018 and this briefing will also touch upon these areas. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of this briefing, participants will:

  • Be aware that there are over 20 significant areas of difference in employment law between the two jurisdictions.
  • Be able to recognise the ramifications of core differences in employment law in NI as compared to GB.
  • Be prepared for potential changes in employment law in Northern Ireland in the coming months.
  • Be able to apply the knowledge gained in their own areas of interest accordingly.

In the likely event of briefings being fully subscribed we will operate a reserve list for any cancellations, please register your interest by contacting Gerard Crozier at gerard.crozier@lra.org.uk

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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Contact Us

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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