Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (731, 732, 733)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

731. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of workplace relations inspectors employed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35657/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

732. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of workplace relations inspections that took place in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35658/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

733. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of breaches of employment law identified by workplace relations inspectors in 2018, by offence; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35659/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 731 to 733, inclusive, together.

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is an independent, statutory body under the aegis of my Department, established on 1st October 2015 under the Workplace Relations Act 2015. The WRC’s core services include the inspection of employment rights compliance, the provision of information, adjudicating on complaints under employment protection, equality and industrial relations legislation and the provision of mediation, conciliation, facilitation and advisory services.

The Inspectorate Division of the WRC carries out inspections of employer records with a view to determining compliance with employment rights legislations. These inspections arise:

- In response to complaints received of alleged non-compliance with relevant employment rights legislation;

- As part of compliance campaigns which focus on compliance in specific sectors or specific pieces of legislation; or

- From routine inspections (announced and unannounced) which act as an overall control measure.

The WRC Inspectorate is staffed by civil servants of my department. As at 21 August 2019, there are a total of 57 WRC Labour Inspectors. Table 1 provides details of the grade, number and regional location of the inspectors.

The aim of the WRC Inspectorate is to achieve voluntary compliance with employment law through the provision of education and awareness, inspection of employers’ employment records and enforcement where necessary. While every effort is made to secure compliance, some employers either refuse or fail to rectify the breaches identified and/or pay money due to their employees. These cases are referred for prosecution. Table 2 lists the numbers of employers inspected by the WRC Inspectors and the number of employers where breaches were detected in 2018. Please note that an employer may be in breach in more than one category.

Table 3 lists the number of inspections carried out by the WRC Inspectorate, by sector, in 2018.

Table 1 Number of WRC Inspectors as at 21 August 2019:

Region

Number of

HEO Inspectors

Number of

EO Inspectors

Total Number of Inspectors

Dublin

2

16

18

Shannon

1

8

9

Cork

1

6

7

Carlow

2

14

16

Sligo

1

6

7

Overall Total

7

50

57

Table 2 lists the numbers of employers inspected by the WRC and the number of employers where breaches were detected in 2018. Please note that an employer may be in breach in more than one category.

Sector

Cases

No in Breach

Incidence of Breach %

National Minimum Wage Issues

Sunday Premium

Statutory Employment Records

Employment Permits

Protection of Young Persons

Annual Leave and Public Holidays

Agency

Licences

Terms and Conditions of Employment

AGRICULTURE

106

46

43%

6

5

34

5

1

14

0

2

CONSTRUCTION

81

37

46%

12

1

32

1

0

12

0

1

CONTRACT CLEANING

22

8

36%

2

1

4

0

0

4

0

1

DOMESTIC WORKER

5

1

20%

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

ELECTRICAL

11

7

64%

1

1

6

1

0

3

0

0

EQUINE

45

38

84%

7

10

34

2

0

16

0

5

FISHERIES

40

27

68%

2

4

26

3

0

4

0

0

FOOD & DRINK

656

439

67%

56

142

331

99

2

208

0

5

HAIR AND BEAUTY

121

75

62%

16

3

59

7

1

25

0

3

HEALTH NURSING AND CHILDCARE

69

35

51%

11

4

18

1

0

17

0

4

HOTEL

64

37

58%

12

12

24

6

0

19

0

2

MANUFACTURING

48

19

40%

8

1

15

0

0

9

0

4

OTHER

236

144

61%

28

24

117

11

1

40

1

7

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

218

83

38%

21

8

61

7

0

24

0

6

SECURITY

18

9

50%

5

3

4

0

0

3

0

1

TRANSPORT

71

43

61%

13

4

33

2

0

14

1

2

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL

363

216

60%

37

51

166

18

0

78

0

14

TOTALS

2,174

1,264

58%

238

274

964

163

5

490

2

57

UNANNOUNCED VISITS

3,579

1,284

36%

265

0

997

285

10

0

0

0

GRAND TOTAL

5,753

2,548

44%

503

274

1,961

448

15

490

2

57

Table 3 lists the number of WRC Inspections by sector in 2018.

Sector

Cases

AGRICULTURE

106

CONSTRUCTION

81

CONTRACT CLEANING

22

DOMESTIC WORKER

5

ELECTRICAL

11

EQUINE

45

FISHERIES

40

FOOD & DRINK

656

HAIR AND BEAUTY

121

HEALTH NURSING AND CHILDCARE

69

HOTEL

64

MANUFACTURING

48

OTHER

236

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

218

SECURITY

18

TRANSPORT

71

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL

363

TOTALS

2,174

UNANNOUNCED VISITS

3,579

GRAND TOTAL

5,753