Since the enactment of the Workplace Relations Act 2015, the Labour Court is the sole appellate body with jurisdiction in all disputes arising under employment rights enactments.
In employment rights cases, the worker must first refer their case to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) for adjudication. Where either party is dissatisfied with the decision of the WRC’s Adjudication Officer, that decision can be appealed to the Labour Court. It is important to note that a case on appeal before the Labour Court is heard afresh in its entirety as though the first instance stage had not occurred. No new claims can be introduced at the appeal stage.
Part I, II & III of the Labour Court Rules 2022 relate to the procedure to be used in Employment Rights cases.
For further information please see the Labour Court User's Guide which should be read in conjunction with the Labour Court Rules 2022
An appeal of an Adjudications Officer’s decision under the various Employment Rights enactments must be made to the Labour Court using the Employment Rights Appeal Form. (Word Version) Please see guidance notes here for further information on the use of this form.