The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has postponed all in-person Adjudication Hearings, Conciliation Meetings, and Mediations for the immediate future.
Virtual service for parties
Parties will be offered a virtual service, where such in-person services had been scheduled at some future date.
In terms of adjudication hearings, remote hearings will be offered pursuant to section 31 Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020. Should an issue be raised in relation to fair procedure during the course of a virtual hearing, the Adjudication Officer will take whatever steps they deem necessary, including adjourning to a physical hearing at a later date.
Please note that virtual services already scheduled are unaffected, as are WRC inspections and the WRC Infoline: 1890 80 80 90.
Administrative arrangements are in place so that physical post and documentation will be processed daily in WRC locations. However, WRC would also encourage people to use email as a communication vehicle wherever possible to assist in general administration efficiencies.
Where a hearing has already been scheduled, any further correspondence or submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared in the 26 January Member eZine. For more information, and to subscribe, visit eNewsletters.