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Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

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Recovery of sums payable under compromises involving the Agency

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10.  In the Industrial Tribunals (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (NI 18) after Article 21 insert—

Conciliation: recovery of sums payable under compromises

21A.(1) Paragraphs (3) to (6) apply if—

(a)the Agency—

(i)has taken action under Article 20 in a case, and

(ii)issues a certificate in writing stating that a compromise has been reached in the case, and

(b)all of the terms of the compromise are set out—

(i)in a single relevant document, or

(ii)in a combination of two or more relevant documents.

(2) A document is a “relevant document” for the purposes of paragraph (1) if—

(a)it is the certificate, or

(b)it is a document that is referred to in the certificate or that is referred to in a document that is within this sub-paragraph.

(3) Any sum payable by a person under the terms of the compromise (a “compromise sum”) shall, subject to paragraphs (4) to (7), be recoverable as if the sum were payable under an order of the county court.

(4) A compromise sum is not recoverable under paragraph (3) if—

(a)the person by whom it is payable applies for a declaration that the sum would not be recoverable from him under the general law of contract, and

(b)that declaration is made.

(5) If county court rules so provide, a compromise sum is not recoverable under paragraph (3) during the period—

(a)beginning with the issue of the certificate, and

(b)ending at such time as may be specified in, or determined under, county court rules.

(6) If the terms of the compromise provide for the person to whom a compromise sum is payable to do anything in addition to discontinuing or not starting proceedings, that sum is recoverable by him under paragraph (3) only if a county court so orders.

(7) Once an application has been made for a declaration under paragraph (4) in relation to a sum, no further reliance may be placed on paragraph (3) for the recovery of the sum while the application is pending.

(8) An application for a declaration under paragraph (4) may be made to an industrial tribunal or a county court.

(9) Industrial tribunal procedure regulations may (in particular) make provision as to the time within which an application to an industrial tribunal for a declaration under paragraph (4) is to be made.

(10) County court rules may make provision as to—

(a)the time within which an application to a county court for a declaration under paragraph (4) is to be made;

(b)when an application (whether made to a county court or an industrial tribunal) for a declaration under paragraph (4) is pending for the purposes of paragraph (7).

(11) Nothing in this Article shall be taken to prejudice any rights or remedies that a person has apart from this Article.

(12) In this Article “compromise” (except in the phrase “compromise sum”) means a settlement, or compromise, to avoid proceedings or bring proceedings to an end..

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