Advice on Employment Rights

Employment rights

Whether you're an employer or an employee, if you are looking for free and confidential assistance with your employment rights, you can contact the Labour Relations Agency's Enquiry Point. However the Agency does not offer advice on the merits of an individual complaint.

Equality or discrimination in employment

For queries about equality or discrimination in employment, telephone the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland's Enquiry Line. Guidance on equality and discrimination at work is also available. The equality section of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy first Minister web-site may also be useful.

Health and safety at work

For health and safety at work queries, contact the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland's Freephone Helpline on 0800 0320 121. They also produce online guidance on health and safety issues, both general and sector specific, and provide an e-mail inquiry service.

The Citizens Advice Bureau can be a further source of assistance in these areas.

Employment Rights publications

There is a range of guidance material available from the Department's Employment Rights publications and other sources such as NIDirect.

Employers seeking general information can use the nisbusinessinfo. If you want to know about rules and regulations when starting up or growing your own business, look at some useful information from Invest Northern Ireland.

Codes of Practice which help employers establish best practice in the workplace can be obtained from the Department, the Labour Relations Agency, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.