Property Services (Regulation) Act 2011

SCHEDULE 4

Redress for Contravention of section 67(5)

Complaints to rights commissioner

1. F5 [ (1) In proceedings under Part 4 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 in respect of a complaint of a contravention of section 67(5), it shall not be necessary for the employee to show that he or she has at least one year s continuous service with the employer concerned. ]

(2) Where a complaint under subparagraph (1) is made, the rights commissioner shall—

( a) give the parties an opportunity to be heard by the commissioner and to present to the commissioner any evidence relevant to the complaint,

( b) give a decision in writing in relation to it, and

( c) notify the parties of that decision.

(3) F5 [ (3) A decision of an adjudication officer under section 41 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 in relation to a complaint of a contravention of section 67(5) shall do one or more of the following, namely

(a) declare that the complaint was or, as the case may be, was not well founded,

(b) require the employer to take a specified course of action, which may include, in a case where the penalisation constitutes a dismissal, reinstatement or reengagement, or

(c) require the employer to pay to the employee compensation of such amount (if any) as the adjudication officer considers just and equitable having regard to all of the circumstances, but not exceeding 104 weeks remuneration in respect of the employee s employment calculated in accordance with regulations under section 17 of the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977 . ]

(4) Subject to subparagraph (10), a rights commissioner shall not entertain a complaint under this paragraph if it is presented to him or her after the expiration of the period of 6 months beginning on the date of the contravention to which the complaint relates.

(5) Notwithstanding subparagraph (4), a rights commissioner may entertain a complaint under this paragraph presented to him or her after the expiration of the period referred to in subparagraph (4) (but not later than 6 months after such expiration) if he or she is satisfied that the failure to present the complaint within that period was due to exceptional circumstances.

(6) A complaint shall be presented by giving notice of it in writing to a rights commissioner and the notice shall contain such particulars and be in such form as may be specified from time to time by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

(7) A copy of a notice under subparagraph (6) shall be given to the other party concerned by the rights commissioner.

(8) Proceedings under this paragraph before a rights commissioner shall be conducted otherwise than in public.

(9) A rights commissioner shall furnish the Labour Court with a copy of each decision given by the commissioner under subparagraph (2).

(10) Where a delay by an employee in presenting a complaint under this paragraph is due to any misrepresentation by the employer, subparagraph (4) shall be construed as if the reference to the date of the contravention were a reference to the date on which the misrepresentation came to the employee’s notice.

Appeals from decisions of rights commissioner

F5 [ 2. A decision of the Labour Court under section 44 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015, on appeal from a decision of an adjudication officer referred to in paragraph 1(3), shall affirm, vary or set aside the decision of the adjudication officer. ]

Paragraphs 1 and 2: supplemental provisions

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(7) In proceedings under F5 [ Part 4 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 ] in relation to a complaint that section 67(5) has been contravened, it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that the employee concerned acted reasonably and in good faith in forming the opinion and making the communication concerned.

(8)( a) If penalisation of an employee, in contravention of section 67(5) , constitutes a dismissal of the employee as referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition of “penalisation” in section 67(14) , the employee (or, in the case of an employee who has not reached the age of 18 years, the employee’s parent or guardian with the consent of the employee) may institute proceedings in respect of that dismissal under the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2007 or to recover damages at common law for wrongful dismissal and, if the employee or his or her parent or guardian, as the case may be, does so, a complaint in relation to such dismissal may not be presented to F5 [ an adjudication officer under section 41 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 ].

( b) If an employee (or, in the case of an employee who has not reached the age of 18 years, the employee’s parent or guardian with the consent of the employee) presents a complaint to F5 [ an adjudication officer under section 41 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 ] in respect of a dismissal referred to in clause (a), the employee or his or her parent or guardian, as the case may be, may not institute proceedings in respect of that dismissal under the Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2007 or to recover damages at common law for wrongful dismissal.

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Enforcement of determinations of Labour Court

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Amendment of Protection of Employees (Employers’ Insolvency) Act 1984

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