We can, on request, review employment documentation such as dismissal, disciplinary and grievance procedures, statement of main terms and conditions of employment and company handbooks, to ensure statutory compliance and promote good practice. This service involves an Agency officer commenting on submitted documents and providing suggestions for improvement. There is no charge for this service.

Specialist legal advice should be taken on contracts for independent contractors or zero hours contracts.

Enquiries and requests, including email submission of documents, should be made to info@lra.org.uk or post hard copies to: The Labour Relations Agency, 2-16 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG.

  • Putting an effective performance management system in place is a key component in best employment practice. Clear, consistent communication and a constructive approach to employee development can bring out the best in organisations and individuals.

  • Employers have a duty to protect their employees and visitors from harm. They must do risk assessments and they must report any serious incidents to the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland. Employees are expected to take reasonable care of their own health and safety.

  • Flexible working can deliver a win-win situation where employees are happier and more engaged because they are better able to manage the various demands on their time.

  • The Public Interest Disclosure (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 protects those who report serious wrongdoing in the workplace from dismissal or detrimental treatment as a result of their whistleblowing.