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The Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1993

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3.  In Article 8—

(a)in paragraph (3) after the words “apply to” there shall be inserted “(a)” and at the end of the words so constituted sub-paragraph (a) there shall be inserted the words

; or

(b)an agreement to refrain from presenting or continuing with a complaint if the conditions regulating compromise agreements under this Part are satisfied in relation to the agreement; and

(b)after paragraph (3) there shall be added—

(4) The conditions regulating compromise agreements under this Part are that—

(a)the agreement must be in writing;

(b)the agreement must relate to the particular complaint;

(c)the worker must have received independent legal advice from a qualified lawyer as to the terms and effect of the proposed agreement and in particular its effect on his ability to pursue his complaint before an industrial tribunal;

(d)there must be in force, when the adviser gives the advice, a policy of insurance covering the risk of a claim by the worker in respect of loss arising in consequence of the advice;

(e)the agreement must identify the adviser; and

(f)the agreement must state that the conditions regulating compromise agreements under this Part are satisfied.

(5) In paragraph (4)—

  • “independent”, in relation to legal advice to the worker, means that it is given by a lawyer who is not acting in the matter for the employer or for a person who is connected with the employer; and

  • “qualified lawyer” means—

    (a)

    a barrister, whether in practice as such or employed to give legal advice; or

    (b)

    a solicitor of the Supreme Court who holds a practising certificate.

(6) For the purposes of paragraph (5) any two persons are to be treated as “connected” if one is a company of which the other (directly or indirectly) has control, or if both are companies of which a third person (directly or indirectly) has control..

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