Congress Publishes New Guide on Employment Equality Law

7 Nov 2017

Equality Guide Launch Kevin Duffy speaking at the launch of the Equality Guide

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has published a comprehensive new guide to employment equality law and the taking of employment equality cases, in the Republic of Ireland.

Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015: A Guide for Trade Unions is authored by the former Chair of the Labour Court, Kevin Duffy, BL. It provides a comprehensive guide to the taking of employment rights cases in the Republic of Ireland, in light of the 2015 Workplace Relations Act and reflects changes in procedures and processes affecting both the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. It was published with the support of the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission (IHREC).

The guide was formally launched in Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery by David Stanton TD, Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration.

The launch was also attended by representatives of the Labour Court, the Workplace Relations Commission and IHREC.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Stanton said: “I wish to congratulate the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on the publication of this new Equality guide. I believe it will improve understanding of equality legislation and its impact in the workplace. Furthermore, it will also help to change mindsets and increase awareness of the importance of equality in our work environment. ”

Congress Equality Officer David Joyce said: “This guide will prove a vital resource for trade unions, for workers and for all who are interested in achieving full equality in the workplace. A prerequisite of tackling workplace inequality is a clear understanding of the law, something which is aided immeasurably by this thorough, concise and extremely accessible guide. Kevin has done us an enormous service with this work and Congress is extremely grateful for his efforts and also to IHREC for their support with this project.”

Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of IHREC said: "The Commission welcomes this timely and accessible guidance to Employment Equality Acts as a key resource for Trade Unions and those ultimately affected by equality legislation."

Equality Guide Launch

The Chair of the Labour Court, Kevin Foley said: “The principle of equal treatment in employment is underpinned by the law. It is critical that law is understandable and that all parties to the employment relationship are equipped to understand how that principle of equal treatment set out in law operates. Kevin Duffy has a long record of significant contribution to Irish life over many years and I think this extraordinarily comprehensive, learned and accessible guide will prove to be an invaluable resource to all who use it to understand the operation of equality law. I would like to congratulate Kevin himself but also Congress for their foresight in commissioning and publishing this excellent work"

Oonagh Buckley, Director of the Workplace Relations Commission said: "Kevin has produced an invaluable guide for trade union representatives, employees and employers. He has condensed his breadth of knowledge and experience into a very accessible format that will be a key reference for people working in employment and industrial relations generally.”