The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD announced on the 8th July 2014 that he secured Government approval for the Workplace Relations Bill 2014. The law, when enacted, will replace the current five workplace relations bodies with two.
As the bill stands new workplace relations system will comprise of two bodies – the Workplace Relations Commission which will deal with complaints at first instance, and the Labour Court which will deal with appeals.
The various responsibilities of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), the Equality Tribunal, Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) and the Labour Court, which have built up over time, will be subsumed into the two new bodies.
It is hoped the legislation will be enacted by the end of 2014.