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The Employment Rights (Dispute Resolution) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998


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Hearings etc. by chairman alone

4.—(1) In Article 6 of the [1996 NI 18.] Industrial Tribunals (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (which makes provision about the composition of an industrial tribunal), paragraph (3) (which specifies the tribunal proceedings which are to be heard by the chairman alone unless he decides otherwise) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4).

(2) For sub-paragraph (a) (which specifies proceedings under the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996) there shall be substituted—


(i)on an application under Article 163, 166 or 167 of the Employment Rights Order (interim relief orders);

(ii)on a complaint under Article 55 (protection of wages), Article 66 (guarantee payment), Article 220 (protective award) or Article 233 (payment on insolvency of employer) of that Order;

(iii)on a complaint under Article 102(1) of that Order relating to Article 96 (suspension from work on medical grounds) of that Order;

(iv)on a reference under Article 43 (statement of particulars of employment and itemised pay statement), Article 198 (redundancy payment) or Article 205 (liability for employer’s payment) of that Order; or

(v)for an appointment under Article 248(4) (institution or continuance of tribunal proceedings where employee is deceased) of that Order;.

(3) After sub-paragraph (a) there shall be inserted—

(aa)proceedings on a complaint under Article 36 (employer deducting unauthorised or excessive union subscription) or Article 61 (employer deducting or refusing to deduct union contribution) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1995;

(ab)proceedings on a complaint under regulation 11(5) of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981;.

(4) Sub-paragraph (e) (which specifies proceedings in which the person bringing the proceedings has given written notice withdrawing the case), apart from the word “and”, shall cease to have effect.

(5) After paragraph (6) of that Article (which makes provision for industrial tribunal procedure regulations to provide that any act required or authorised by the regulations to be done by a tribunal may be done by the chairman alone) there shall be inserted—

(6A) Paragraph (6) in particular enables industrial tribunal procedure regulations to provide that—

(a)the determination of proceedings in accordance with regulations under Article 9(3A), (3B) or (3C)(a),

(b)the carrying-out of pre-hearing reviews in accordance with regulations under paragraph (1) of Article 11 (including the exercise of powers in connection with such reviews in accordance with regulations under sub-paragraph (b) of that paragraph), or

(c)the hearing and determination of a preliminary issue in accordance with regulations under Article 11(4) (where it involves hearing witnesses other than the parties or their representatives as well as where, in accordance with regulations under Article 9(3C)(b), it does not),

may be done by the person mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) alone..

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