New Powers for Inspectors of the Workplace Relations Commission

Significant investigatory powers are given to the Workplace Relations Commission (“WRC”) inspectors under the Workplace Relations Act 2015. We summarise the key elements along with guidelines to follow during a WRC Inspection.

The powers of such inspectors to conduct unannounced and unexpected regulatory investigations, as well as the formal transfer of prosecutorial powers from the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to the WRC should alert employers to be aware of the scope of the search and seizure powers of WRC inspectors, to ensure that any investigation conducted on their premises is carried out properly. 

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