Workplace Relations Act 2015 commencing 1 October 2015

Prior to the enactment of the Act, employees had to select between a number of dispute resolution bodies to which to refer an employment complaint: the Rights Commissioner Service, the Employment Appeals Tribunal, the Labour Court, and the Equality Tribunal. The choice of forum would depend on a number of factors including the legislation to which the complaint relates; whether the set of circumstances gave rise to a number of claims to name just a few. The new Act has replaced the complex first step. Now, all complaints are referred to the Workplace Relation Customer Service within the Workplace Relations Commission. Once referred to the Workplace Relations Commission, the complaint can go one of two ways. It can either be referred to the Early Resolution & Mediation services, or it can be referred to Adjudication.