Written answers

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Workplace Relations Commission

Photo of Thomas GouldThomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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48. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the status of legislation to allow Workplace Relations Commission proceedings to take place in public. [30224/21]

Photo of Damien EnglishDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael)
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The urgency to amend the Workplace Relations Act 2015 and other acts that make provision for investigations in the Workplace Relations Commission is a result of a Supreme Court ruling and the consequential Orders which resulted in the current statutory framework being declared inconsistent with the Constitution. The Orders concern public hearings and the necessity have a statutory power to administer an oath or affirmation with an associated penalty for giving false evidence.

The Government approved priority drafting and authorised the seeking of a waiver of pre-legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Bill from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment on 19 April 2021.

A drafter was appointed on 20 April 2021 and the Joint Committee granted its waiver on 5 May 2021. It is expected that the Government will approve the Publication of the Bill shortly.

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