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NERA update – Activity from January to September 2012

From the statisticts below, NERA inspectors have been very busy visiting businesses in many different sectors, checking companies are compliant in relation to employee rights and employment law practices.  In addition to assisting companies prepare for a NERA inspection Voltedge can help you address the outcomes of a NERA inspection and can conduct our own HR Audit of  identify areas requiring attention before you are contacted by NERA.

Please get in touch with us on 01 5252914 or email contact@voltedge.ie if you have any questions or concerns in relation to your compliance as an employer.

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In the three quarters up to September 2012, the NERA (The National Employment Rights Agency) call centre provided information to over 54,203 people, a decrease of 43% on the same period of 2011.

Employees and former employees accounted for 73% of callers, while an estimated 18% were employers.

Topics raised were:

  • Redundancy,
  • payment of wages,
  • working hours,
  • terms of employment,
  • with unfair dismissal consistently representing the most common category.  

NERA Workplace Inspections:

NERA carries out workplace inspections to ensure compliance with employment rights legislation.

In the period January to September 2012 a total of 3,140 inspection cases were completed involving over 51,000 employees. This compares to 4,199 cases in the same period on 2011. The amount of unpaid wages recovered was €659,435, compared to €1,622,979 in 2011.

Prosecutions:

In the period January to September 57 cases were referred for prosecution (in the same period last year 102 cases were referred). 46 convictions were recorded in cases heard by the Courts over the period resulting in fines of €102,000 being imposed and arrears of wages of over €37,700 being awarded to employees.

Summary of Inspections & Breaches Detected by Industry Sector: January to September 2012

Sector No of Inspections Concluded Compliance Rate% Unpaid Wages Recovered (€)
AGRICULTURE

80

41%

12,479

CATERING

322

61%

102,374

RETAIL GROCERY

87

47%

20,528

HOTELS

57

37%

70,551

CONTRACT CLEANING

22

46%

2,907

SECURITY

20

75%

1,318

CONSTRUCTION

183

49%

99,844

ELECTRICAL

30

63%

35,226

OTHER

23

65%

89,651

Summary of Inspections & Breaches by Employment Legislation: January to September 2012

Legislation No of Inspections Concluded Compliance Rate% Unpaid Wages Recovered (€)
NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE 969 50% 224,557
PROTECTION OF YOUNG PERSONS 1,347 100% n/a

NERA aims to secure compliance with employment rights legislation and to foster a culture of compliance in Ireland through five main functions:

NERA is an Office of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and has its headquarters in Carlow, with regional offices in Cork, Dublin, Shannon and Sligo.

If you have an questions in relation to NERA or your compliance as an employer, call us on 01 5252914 or email contact@voltedge.ie.