Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) Advice Guide

16 April 2019
The Employment Appeals Tribunal is an independent body bound to act judicially. In this guide, we explain what this involves. And if you need tribunal representation, we provide contact details so your business can get immediate assistance.

What is the Employment Appeals Tribunal?

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) was set up as an independent judicial body to provide a fair, inexpensive and informal forum for the resolution of employment disputes. The Tribunal consists of three people, a chairperson and one representative each, from panels formed by the trade unions and employer organisations. Hearings are generally open to the public and the media can report on the proceedings. The secretariat that assists the tribunal administration consists of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.

Employment Appeals Tribunal waiting times

Despite the best intentions of the EAT, it struggled to meet one of its stated aims of providing a quick resolution of claims by employees who alleged their statutory employment rights faced a breach. As the workload increased, so did decision times.

Employment Appeals Tribunal Ireland Cases

The EAT dealt with cases falling under various employment statutes and Acts such as:
  • Redundancy Payments.
  • Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment.
  • Unfair Dismissals.
  • Terms of Employment (Information).
  • Payment of Wages.
  • Maternity Protection.
  • Adoptive Leave.
  • Carer's Leave.
  • Parental Leave.
  • Protections for Persons Reporting Child Abuse.
  • Protection of Young Persons (Employment).
  • European Communities (Protection of Employees’ on Transfer of Undertakings) Regulations.

Workplace Relations Commission reforms

After the Workplace Relations Commission came about on the 1st October 2015, the EAT was wound down. To keep in line with the policies set by the Workplace Relations Act 2015, any complaints that are raised when under employment, equality and equal status legislation must be presented at a specific time and place. That's after 30th September, 2015. The Workplace Relations Commission will deal with these. And all appeals presented are now heard by the Labour Court.

Need our assistance?

Are you looking to make an employee claim? Call us today to speak with an employment law expert about managing employee disputes: 1890 252 923.

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