Tuesday, October 01 12:39:12
The Government today announced a number of new initiatives as part of its commitment to reform the workplace relations institutions and structures and the merger of five bodies into two.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton launched a new Website (www.workplacerelations.ie), which replaces the interim website and the websites of the five Workplace Relations Bodies, will provide a single source of information on employment, equality and industrial relations legislation and associated public services.
The Single Complaint E-Form will now be valid for 130 complaint types. This form is being made available as an e-form, thus allowing electronic submission and receipt. All first instance complaints to the Rights Commissioner Service, the Employment Appeals Tribunal, National Employment Rights Authority, the Equality Tribunal and the Labour Court can be made using this form.
The Determinations Database will provide a single, website-hosted and fully-searchable resource for users, practitioners and stakeholders for over 30,000 determinations/decisions issued to date by the Labour Court, Equality Tribunal and EAT and will replace three separate databases currently in use.
The evaluation of the Pilot Early Resolution Service (ERS) for workplace relations complaints, which service commenced operations in May 2012, has been completed. The evaluation concludes that the ERS has demonstrated the potential for a speedy and cost effective alternative to formal adjudication insofar as complaints resolution is concerned. The Minister now proposes to proceed with the full establishment of the service underpinned by the enabling legislation.
"Reform is never easy, there will always be opposition from groups whose interests are challenged by the changes. However I am satisfied that this process will continue to bring major improvements to the service for employers, employees and taxpayers. The initiatives we are announcing today complement and underpin the reforms which have already been implemented or are underway to deliver a world-class workplace relations service that is simpler, faster and cheaper. I am particularly pleased that the momentum is continuing, in advance of the enabling legislation, on the rationalisation of services and the introduction of new technology," the Minister said.