Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton today announced the first steps in his plan to streamline the State’s five employment rights bodies, announced in a speech in UCD last week.
The principal measures include naming Ger Deering, Director of NERA, as the industry expert responsible for coordinating the streamlining process across the employment rights bodies; and Kieran Mulvey, Chief Executive Officer of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) assuming leadership of NERA.
The other measures include:
· the establishment of an Implementation Group within the Minister’s Department to lead the process
· a short consultation process with stakeholders on the process
· a single online form for the Employment Appeals Tribunal, replacing the five forms currently in use
· a shared services drive between the employment rights bodies and the Courts Service.
The minister has said that all of these measures will be complete in September. In addition, Mr. Bruton announced the creation of a single point of entry and a single website for the five bodies, which he hopes to have in place by the end of 2011.
Speaking today Minister Bruton said that “An effective system would see more grievances resolved in the workplace. Most workers and trade unions do not want to rely on employment law to vindicate their rights, and high standards in the workplace can be a source of competitive advantage for businesses.”