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

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Effect of arbitration agreements

9.—(1) In Article 77 of the [1976 NI 15.] Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 (paragraph (3) of which prohibits contracting out of the provisions of that Order or the [1970 c. 32 (N.I.).] Equal Pay Act (Northern Ireland) 1970, but subject to exceptions specified in paragraph (4)), after paragraph (4C) there shall be added—

(4D) An agreement under which the parties agree to submit a dispute to arbitration—

(a)shall be regarded for the purposes of paragraph (4)(a) and

(aa)as being a contract settling a complaint if—

(i)the dispute is covered by a scheme having effect by virtue of an order under Article 84A of the Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992; and

(ii)the agreement is to submit it to arbitration in accordance with the scheme, but

(b)shall be regarded for those purposes as neither being nor including such a contract in any other case..

(2) In Article 146 of the [1995 NI 12.] Trade Union and Labour Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (paragraph (1) of which prohibits contracting out of the provisions of that Order, but subject to exceptions specified in paragraphs (2) and (3)), after paragraph (6) there shall be added—

(7) An agreement under which the parties agree to submit a dispute to arbitration—

(a)shall be regarded for the purposes of paragraphs (2) and (3) as being an agreement to refrain from instituting or continuing proceedings if—

(i)the dispute is covered by a scheme having effect by virtue of an order under Article 84A of the Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992; and

(ii)the agreement is to submit it to arbitration in accordance with the scheme, but

(b)shall be regarded for those purposes as neither being nor including such an agreement in any other case..

(3) In section 9 of the [1995 c. 50.] Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (subsection (1) of which prohibits contracting out of the provisions of Part II of that Act, but subject to exceptions specified in subsection (2)), after subsection (5) there shall be added—

(6) An agreement under which the parties agree to submit a dispute to arbitration—

(a)shall be regarded for the purposes of subsection (2) as being an agreement not to institute, or an agreement not to continue, proceedings if—

(i)the dispute is covered by a scheme having effect by virtue of an order under Article 84A of the Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992, and

(ii)the agreement is to submit it to arbitration in accordance with the scheme, but

(b)shall be regarded as neither being nor including such an agreement in any other case..

(4) In Article 245 of the [1996 NI 16.] Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (paragraph (1) of which prohibits contracting out of the provisions of that Order, but subject to exceptions specified in paragraph (2)), after paragraph (4) there shall be added—

(5) An agreement under which the parties agree to submit a dispute to arbitration—

(a)shall be regarded for the purposes of paragraph (2)(e) and (f) as being an agreement to refrain from instituting or continuing proceedings if—

(i)the dispute is covered by a scheme having effect by virtue of an order under Article 84A of the Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992, and

(ii)the agreement is to submit it to arbitration in accordance with the scheme, but

(b)shall be regarded as neither being nor including such an agreement in any other case..

(5) In Article 68 of the [1997 NI 6.] Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 (paragraph (5) of which prohibits contracting out of the provisions of that Order, but subject to exceptions specified in paragraph (6)), after paragraph (9) there shall be added—

(10) An agreement under which the parties agree to submit a dispute to arbitration—

(a)shall be regarded for the purposes of paragraph (6)(a) and

(b)as being a contract settling a complaint if—

(i)the dispute is covered by a scheme having effect by virtue of an order under Article 84A of the Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992; and

(ii)the agreement is to submit it to arbitration in accordance with the scheme, but

(b)shall be regarded for those purposes as neither being nor including such a contract in any other case..

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