Workplace Relations Act 2015

33.

Disclosure of certain information to or by contracting authority

33. (1) The Commission may, for the purpose of securing compliance with this Act or an employment enactment, disclose to a public contracting authority information that a primary contractor or a party to a secondary contract has contravened an employment enactment.

(2) Information disclosed to a public contracting authority under this section shall not be used for any purpose other than the exercise by the public contracting authority of his or her entitlements under the primary contract concerned.

(3) The Commission may, for the purpose of securing compliance with this Act or an employment enactment, require a public contracting authority to disclose to the Commission information relating to the contravention of a relevant enactment by a person with whom the public contracting authority has entered into a primary contract, and a public contracting authority shall comply with such a requirement.

(4) In this section—

“contract of employment” has the same meaning as it has in the Act of 2012;

“primary contractor” means, in relation to a public contracting authority, a person with whom the public contracting authority has entered into a contract, and “primary contract” shall be construed accordingly;

“public contracting authority” means—

(a) a contracting entity within the meaning of the European Communities (Award of Contracts by Utility Undertakings) Regulations 2007 ( S.I. No. 50 of 2007),

(b) a contracting entity to which Directive 2004/17/EC 1 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 coordinating the procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors applies, or

(c) a contracting authority within the meaning of Directive 2004/18/EC 2 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts;

“secondary contract” means a contract (other than a primary contract or a contract of employment) under which a party to the contract agrees to carry out works or provide services to which a primary contract applies on behalf of the primary contractor concerned or any other person.