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Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) COVID-19 Update

Dublin Hearings in Lansdowne House

Oral Hearings in Lansdowne House in Dublin will proceed for weeks of 28th September and further weeks subject to continuing government advice and guidance.

A one-way system of entry and exit to the building has been implemented and is being observed. Visitors should walk on the right-hand side of the corridors. Further details are set out in the “Guidance for Visitors in Face to Face hearings in WRC Offices”. Parties are asked to wear face coverings upon entering the building until entering the hearing room and in public areas (e.g. reception/lobby, lifts, stairwell) within Lansdowne House, and when exiting the building.

On the day of the hearing, parties and representatives are asked to attend 10 minutes before their hearing is scheduled. Each party should not consist of more than three persons to include the named party, representative(s) and/or witnesses. Where additional witnesses are required, they should remain in the immediate vicinity outside the building until called. The lead representative on each side must have the means to communicate with that witness to enter the WRC hearing room at the appropriate time. Clear signage and sanitisation stations are in place throughout the building.

The WRC are continuing to ask parties and representatives to be positively disposed to complaints being adjudicated upon via both written proceedings and remote hearings.

The approach taken to date has been to ensure that the WRC maintain critical and essential WRC Adjudication hearings. The WRC proposes to continue offering dates to parties to attend face-to-face hearings (subject to social distancing and associated health measures).

The WRC will review its scheduling of hearings against public health advice as it evolves over the coming time.

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