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Information from the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA)

DATE: 24.06.2011

 

The Employment Law Compliance Bill 2009 established the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA). Currently operating on an interim basis, NERA will be placed on a statutory footing when the Bill is enacted. Enactment is expected before the end of 2010.

NERA recently published its Annual Review 2009. Of notable interest in the review is the Inspection Services Summary. NERA’s inspectors carried out 25,797 calls, interviews and inspections which led to a recovery of €2,495,508 in unpaid wages due to employees. A breakdown of the wages recovered by sector is outlined below:

Summary of Inspections and Compliance Rate by Industry Sector – 2009

 

Sector

Unpaid Wages

Recovered (€)

Agriculture

89,713

Catering

736,469

Retail Grocery and Allied Trade

356,742

Hotels

164,918

Contract Cleaning

125,432

Security

285,112

Construction

252,357

Electrical REA

28,004

Other

60,242

Another interesting inspection statistic is rate of compliance by legislation in 2009. The Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Act 1996 had the highest compliance rate on inspection at 99%. Inspections found that the legislation which was complied with least was the Organisation of Working Time Act 2007 where the compliance rate was only 53%. The full summary of compliance rate by employment legislation is set out in the table below:

Summary of Inspections and Compliance Rate by Employment Legislation - 2009

Legislation

Compliance

Rate (%)

National Minimum Wage

93

Payment of Wages

87

Organisation of Working Time

53

Protection of Young Persons

99

Employment Permits

60

Other

83

For further information, you can access the publications page on the NERA website by clicking here.

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