The drafting of the Workplace Relations Bill establishing a new two-tier workplace relations structure (the Workplace Relations Commission) to replace the current five bodies is reported to be at an advanced stage. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has been set up, and will subsume the Labour Relations Commission, NERA and the Equality Tribunal. The WRC will also hear first instance complaints under the Unfair Dismissals Acts that currently come before the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) because one party objects to a hearing by a Rights Commissioner. The WRC is to provide an “adjudication service” for hearing such first instance complaints. The Department has estimated that there will be a 56% increase in the number of hearings before the Court

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