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Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

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All reference to 'Parts' and 'sections' are from the Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016. For other versions of these Explanatory Notes, see More Resources.

  1. Introduction

  2. Background and Policy Objectives

  3. Overview

  4. Commentary on Sections

    1. Industrial Tribunals

      1. Section 1: Conciliation before and after institution of proceedings

      2. Section 2: Extension of limitation periods to allow conciliation

      3. Section 3: Extended power to define “relevant proceedings” for conciliation purposes

      4. Section 4: Power to require party to proceedings to pay deposit

    2. Fair Employment Tribunal

      1. Section 5: Conciliation before and after complaint to Fair Employment Tribunal

      2. Section 6: Extension of time limit to allow conciliation

      3. Section 7: Power to require party to proceedings to pay deposit

    3. Assessment of Matters Relating to Tribunal Proceedings

      1. Section 8: Assessment of matters relating to tribunal proceedings

    4. Reviews

      1. Section 9: Review of early conciliation

      2. Section 10: Review of Section 8: assessment of matters relating to tribunal proceedings

    5. Employment Judges

      1. Section 11: Employment judges: industrial tribunals

      2. Section 12: Employment judges: Fair Employment Tribunal

    6. Protected Disclosures

      1. Section 13: Disclosures not protected unless believed to be made in the public interest

      2. Section 14: Power to reduce compensation where disclosure not made in good faith

      3. Section 15: Protected disclosures: reporting requirements

      4. Section 16: Worker subjected to detriment by co-worker or agent of employer

      5. Section 17: Extension of meaning of “worker”

    7. Zero Hours Workers

      1. Section 18: Zero hours workers

    8. Gender Pay and Disclosure of Information

      1. Section 19: Gender pay gap information

    9. Careers Guidance

      1. Section 20: Careers guidance

    10. Apprenticeships

      1. Section 21: Apprenticeships

    11. Miscellaneous

      1. Section 22: Indexation of amounts: timing and rounding

      2. Section 23: Prohibition on disclosure of information held by the Labour Relations Agency

      3. Section 24: Variation in procedures for certain orders and regulations

      4. Section 25: Statutory shared parental pay: correction of references

      5. Section 26: References to tribunal jurisdictions to which Articles 17 and 27 of the Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 apply

    12. Supplementary

      1. Section 27: Repeals

      2. Section 28: Interpretation

      3. Section 29: Commencement

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