Business Briefings: The Workplace Relations Commission – Practice and Proce...

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Tully Rinckey Ireland

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The Tully Rinckey Business Briefings provides an opportunity for participants to get together in a private, informal setting, among their peers and industry thoughts leaders, to examine the most pertinent issues affecting their professional sector.

The overriding goal of the Tully Rinckey Business Briefings is to facilitate enhanced subject matter knowledge, by all participants, through active engagement.

There is no strict agenda, but there are specific topics. The facilitator is typically a subject-matter expert, whose role is to support discussion and debate within the group.

Tully Rinckey invites you to register your interest for our next Business Briefing, focusing on ‘The Workplace Relations Commission – Practice and Procedure’, which will take place at our offices at 8 Windsor Place, Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, on Thursday, 25 July 2019.

The primary focus of this briefing will be to examine and discuss how employers and HR professionals, can and should best respond, to the raising the raising of a WRC compliant against them.

Places are strictly limited, and subject to confirmation.


An independent, statutory body the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) was established on 1st October 2015 under the Workplace Relations Act 2015 (No. 16 of 2015).

The WRC took over the functions that had previously been handled by the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), Equality Tribunal (ET), Labour Relations Commission (LRC), Rights Commissioners Service (RCS), and the first-instance (Complaints and Referrals) functions of the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).

According to its website, the WRC has responsibility for:

  • promoting the improvement of workplace relations, and maintenance of good workplace relations;
  • promoting and encouraging compliance with relevant enactments;
  • providing guidance in relation to compliance with codes of practice approved under Section 20 of the Workplace Relations Act 2015;
  • conducting reviews of, and monitor developments as respects, workplace relations;
  • conducting or commissioning research into matters pertaining to workplace relations;
  • providing advice, information and the findings of research conducted by the Commission to joint labour committees and joint industrial councils;
  • advising and apprising the Minister in relation to the application of, and compliance with, relevant enactments; and
  • providing information to members of the public in relation to employment.

The Commission’s core services include the inspection of employment rights compliance, the provision of information, the processing of employment agency and protection of young persons (employment) licences and the provision of mediation, conciliation, facilitation and advisory services.

During this briefing, participants will be afforded the opportunity to discuss, question and share their own experiences, in defending WRC complaints.

Meet the Speaker

Barry Crushell
Barry Crushell is a Partner of the firm’s Dublin office and Chief Operating Officer for European Operations. In this role Barry advises a wide range of Irish and international clients on a full spectrum of complex employment law matters.

Barry provides commercial clients with practical responses to new employment legislation, case law and regulatory changes, and has an ability to strategically advise on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters.

A former Army Officer, Barry served with the United Nations in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Western Sahara. Barry retired from the military as second-in-command of a line operation unit before completing his solicitor traineeship with leading Irish law firm, Arthur Cox. He went on to work with US law firm Dechert, before serving as Director and Legal Counsel to a boutique consultancy.

Barry was educated at the Military College, National University of Ireland, University College London, Trinity College Dublin, the Honourable Society of Kings Inns and is currently completing a doctorate in UCD.

He is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and the Employment Law Association of Ireland.


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Registration is subject to confirmation.

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