Thursday, 22 November 2018

Questions (112)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

112. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the reason a reply has not issued from the Workplace Relations Commission to a person (details supplied) in response to a complaint raised regarding their previous employment with an organisation; when a reply will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48779/18]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Workplace Relations Act 2015, provides that amongst other functions, the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has a quasi-judicial power to investigate and adjudicate on complaints at first instance under a wide range of employment rights, equality and industrial relations legislation.

The WRC is independent in the exercise of its quasi-judicial function and this Department has no direct involvement in its day to day operations.  However, I understand that a decision issued in this case on 2 August 2016 and that it was open to either of the parties involved to make an appeal to the Labour Court in writing not later than 42 days from the date of the recommendation. 

I understand the WRC has replied to the complainant’s follow up queries on this case on three occasions in 2018.