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Employment Relations (1999 Order) (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2000 No. 373 (C. 17)

EMPLOYMENT

Employment Relations (1999 Order) (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000

Made

24th November 2000

The Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 1(2) and 39(3) of the Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1999(1) and now vested in it(2), and of every other power enabling it in that behalf, hereby makes the following Order:

Citation and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Employment Relations (1999 Order) (Commencement No. 4 and Transitional Provisions) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000.

(2) In this Order—

“the 1995 Order” means the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(3);

“the 1996 Order” means the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(4);

“the 1999 Order” means the Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1999.

Commencement

2.  The following provisions of the 1999 Order shall come into operation on 8th March 2001—

(a)Article 3 and Schedule 1 (collective bargaining: recognition);

(b)Article 7 (Training);

(c)Article 8 (unfair dismissal connected with recognition: interim relief);

(d)Article 25 (proceedings of the Industrial Court).

Transitional provisions

3.—(1) In Schedule 1A to the 1995 Order, which is inserted by Schedule 1 to the 1999 Order—

(a)paragraphs 156 to 160 (detriment) have effect in relation to an act or failure to act only where the act or failure takes place on or after 8th March 2001; and

(b)paragraphs 161 to 162 (dismissal to be regarded as unfair for the purposes of Part XI of the 1996 Order) have effect in relation to an employee’s dismissal only where the effective date of termination (within the meaning of Article 129 of the 1996 Order) falls on or after 8th March 2001.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a)—

(a)where an act extends over a period, the reference to the date of the act is a reference to the last day of that period; and

(b)a failure to act is to be treated as done when it was decided on.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(b) an employer shall be taken to decide on a failure to act—

(a)when he does an act inconsistent with doing the failed act, or

(b)if he has done no such inconsistent act, when the period expires within which he might reasonably have been expected to do the failed act if it was to be done.

4.  The amendments to Part XI of the 1996 Order made by Article 8 of the 1999 Order have effect in relation to an employee’s dismissal only where the effective date of termination (within the meaning of Article 129 of the 1996 Order) falls on or after 8th March 2001.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment on 24th November 2000.

L.S.

Seán Farren

Minister of Higher and Further Education,

Training and Employment

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order.)

This Order brings into operation on 8th March 2001, Articles 3, 7, 8 and 25 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1999. These provisions amend Part XI of the Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992, amend Part IV of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 and insert a new Schedule 1A into that Order, and amend Part XI of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996, in connection with the right of trade unions to be recognised in certain circumstances to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of workers. Articles 3 and 4 of the Order contain transitional provisions relating to dismissal and detriment.

Note as to Earlier Commencement Orders

(This note is not part of the Order.)

The following provisions of the Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 have been brought into operation by Commencement Order made before the date of this Order:

ProvisionsDate of CommencementS.R. Number
Article 4 and Schedule 21.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 51.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Paragraphs (1) to (3) of Article 151.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 201.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Articles 21 to 231.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 241.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 261.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 291.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 301.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 311.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 321.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 33(4)1.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 341.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 35(1) (partially)1.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 361.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 371.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 391.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Schedule 7 (partially)1.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 40 and Schedule 9 (partially)1.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 9 and Part I of Schedule 415.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 10 and Part II of Schedule 415.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 11 and Part III of Schedule 415.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 2715.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 28 and Schedule 615.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 40 and Schedule 9 (partially)15.12.99S.R. 1999 No. 470 (C. 35)
Article 33 paragraphs (1), (2), (3), (5) and (6)2.02.00S.R. 2000 No. 5 (C. 1)
Article 35 paragraph (1) (to the extent not already in operation), and paragraph (2)2.02.00S.R. 2000 No. 5 (C. 1)
Article 40 and Schedule 9 (partially)2.02.00S.R. 2000 No. 5 (C. 1)
Article 18 and Schedule 524.04.00S.R. 2000 No. 122 (C. 4)
(2)

The Departments (Transfer and Assignment of Functions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R. 1999 No. 481) transferred functions under the Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 to the Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment

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