The Workplace Relations Act 2015 has been heralded as one of the most radical reforms of employment law in Ireland in almost 50 years. It is designed to make it less complicated for employees to bring claims and for employers to respond to them, to provide swifter access to justice and quicker resolution of disputes for everyone.
The objective of the Act is to reform Ireland’s workplace relations bodies, delivering a world class workplace relations service, providing an integrated industrial relations, adjudication and enforcement service which is simple to use, independent, effective, impartial, cost-effective and provides for a workable means of redress and enforcement, within a reasonable period. (Minister of State for Businesses and Employment, Gerald Nash TD, 4 February 2015)
The Act forms part of the government’s stated aim to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business. The rationale is to simplify and streamline workplace dispute procedures and bodies.