Impact of new Workplace Relations Bill to be Explained at Shannon Chamber seminar

Shannon Chamber has linked up with Labour Relations Commission chief executive Kieran Mulvey to outline the impact of the recently published Workplace Relations Bill on business.

The key elements of the bill and the action points outlined in the blueprint, which has already been delivered upon, will be discussed at a seminar at Westpark Business Campus on Wednesday, 29 October, commencing at 7.45am. The seminar has been organised by Shannon Chamber in collaboration with the Labour Relations Commission and Adare HR Management.

Shannon Chamber’s chief executive Helen Downes explains the need for a seminar of this nature: “The Workplace Relations Bill will introduce significant changes to the State’s employment appeals and dispute resolution services and institutions. When enacted, the legislation will provide for the orderly wind down of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) and the Equality Tribunal and the transfer of the services of the LRC, NERA and the Equality Tribunal together with the first instance functions of the EAT and the Labour Court to the Workplace Relations Commission. The appellate functions of the EAT will be amalgamated into a reconfigured Labour Court. This will significantly impact HR practitioners, solicitors and employers.

The seminar will address the key elements of the Bill, outline the two-tier structure being introduced and what it will mean for HR practitioners, solicitors and employers, and the implementation timeframe.

This seminar will be of particular interest to human resources professionals and employers who are interested in understanding how the new dispute resolutions structure and employment law will operate and its likely impact for their businesses, added Ms Downes.

For further information or to make a booking, contact Shannon Chamber at 061 708341 or email


Kieran Mulvey, Chief Executive, Labour Relations Commission (LRC)

Kieran is a graduate of UCD (BA, HDE, Dip. in Employment Law), Honorary Professor of the School of Management at Queens University in Belfast and Doctor of Laws at the National University of Ireland. He was appointed the first Chief Executive of the Labour Relations Commission in 1991 and reappointed to four successive terms of office and is the Director Designate of the Workplace Relations Commission.

Previously, he has served as General Secretary of two trade unions in Ireland – IFUT and ASTI. He is a trustee of “Frontline Defenders” – the International Foundation for Human Rights Defenders. He has held posts as a member and former member of many State Boards including Universities, Health, Economic and Social Council, Broadcasting and Overseas Development.

He has authored and contributed various reports for both the European Foundation and the ILO and articles to professional journals.

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