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Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) (No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000

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This Statutory Rule has been made to correct an error in S.R. 2000 No. 6, which is revoked by this Statutory Rule, and is being issued free of charge to all known recipients of that Statutory Rule.

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2000 No. 50

EMPLOYMENT

Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) (No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000

Made

1st March 2000

Coming into operation

5th March 2000

The Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment(1) in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 33 and 39(3) of the Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1999(2) and now vested in it, and of every other power enabling it in that behalf, hereby makes the following Order:

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) (No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000 and shall come into operation on 5th March 2000.

(2) In this Order—

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

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

Revocations

2.  Subject to Article 4, the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 1998(5) and the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000(6) are revoked.

Increase of limits

3.  Subject to Article 4, each of the limits referred to in the first and second columns of the Table in the Schedule to this Order is increased by the substitution, in place of the old amount specified in the third column, of the new amount specified in the fourth column.

Transitional provisions

4.—(1) The increases provided for in Article 3 have effect in any case where the appropriate date falls on or after 5th March 2000.

(2) In a case where the appropriate date falls before 5th March 2000, the limits having effect in relation to the case immediately before 5th March 2000 continue to apply.

(3) In this Article “the appropriate date” means—

(a)in the case of an application made under Article 34 of the 1995 Order (compensation for unjustifiable discipline by a trade union), the date of the determination infringing the applicant’s right;

(b)in the case of a complaint presented under Article 28(1)(a) of the 1996 Order (refusal of employment on grounds related to union membership) or Article 28(1)(b) of that Order (refusal of service of employment agency on grounds related to union membership), the date of the conduct to which the complaint relates, as determined by Article 28 of that Order;

(c)in the case of an application made under Article 40(2) of the 1995 Order (compensation for expulsion from a trade union), the date of the expulsion from the union;

(d)in the case of a guarantee payment to which an employee is entitled under Article 60 of the 1996 Order, the day in respect of which the payment is due;

(e)in the case of a complaint presented under Article 145 of the 1996 Order (complaints of unfair dismissal), for the purpose of calculating under Article 152 of that Order the basic award or compensatory award, the effective date of termination as defined by Article 129 of that Order;

(f)in the case of an award under Article 15(1) or (3) of the 1996 Order, where an employer has failed to comply fully with the terms of an order for reinstatement or re-engagement or has failed to reinstate or re-engage the complainant in accordance with such an order, the date by which the order of reinstatement (specified under Article 148(2)(c) of the 1996 Order) or, as the case may be, re-engagement (specified under Article 149(2)(f) of that Order) should have been complied with;

(g)in the case of entitlement to a redundancy payment by virtue of Article 170(1)(a) of the 1996 Order (dismissal by reason of redundancy), the relevant date as defined by Article 180 of that Order;

(h)in the case of entitlement to a redundancy payment by virtue of Article 170(1)(b) of the 1996 Order (lay-off or short-time), the relevant date as defined by Article 188 of that Order; and

(i)in the case of entitlement to a payment under Article 227 of the 1996 Order (payments by the Department), the appropriate date as defined by Article 230 of that Order.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment on 1st March 2000.

L.S.

R. B. Gamble

Senior Officer of the

Department of Higher and Further Education,Training and Employment

Article 3

SCHEDULETable of increase of Limits

No.Relevant statutory provisionSubject of provisionOld LimitNew Limit
1.Article 40(6) of the 1995 OrderMinimum amount of compensation awarded by the industrial tribunal where individual expelled from union in contravention of Article 38 of the 1995 Order and where, when the application is made, the applicant has not been re-admitted to the union.£5,000£5,300
2.Article 23(1) of the 1996 OrderMaximum amount of ‘a week’s pay' for the purpose of calculating basic or additional award of compensation for unfair dismissal or redundancy payment.£220£230
3.Article 63(1) of the 1996 OrderLimit on amount of guarantee payment payable to an employee in respect of any day.£15·35£16·10
4.Article 154(1) of the 1996 OrderMinimum amount of basic award of compensation where dismissal is unfair by virtue of Article 132(A)(d), 131(a) and (b), 133(1), 134, 136(1), or 137.£2,900£3,100
5.Article 231(1) of the 1996 OrderLimit on amount in respect of any one week payable to an employee in respect of debt to which Part XIV of the 1996 Order applies and which is referable to a period of time.£220£230

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order.)

This Order corrects an error in the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000. It increases, from 5th March 2000, the limits applying to certain awards of industrial tribunals, and other amounts payable under employment legislation, as specified in the Schedule to the Order. The increases reflect the increase in the retail prices index from September 1997 to September 1999. This Order is made under Article 33 of the Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1999. The effect of Article 3 of the Employment Relations (1999 Order) (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional Provision) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R. 2000 No. 5 (C. 1)) is that the first Order made under that Article increases the limits specified by the amount by which the retail prices index for September 1999 is higher than the index for September 1997.

Subsequent Orders under Article 33 may be required to change the limits by the amount by which the index for the September (immediately preceding the making of the Order) is higher (or lower) than the index for the previous September.

Article 4 of the Order contains transitional provisions determining the circumstances in which the increased limits will apply.

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 1998 (S.R. 1998 No. 130) and the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. 2000 No. 6) are revoked and replaced by this Order.

(1)

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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