FREE BREAKFAST SEMINAR:  LRA Pre-Claim / Early Conciliation with Labour Relations Agency (coming into force in January 2020)

DATE: Monday 16 December 2019

TIME: 8.30AM – 9.30AM (8.15AM – 8.30AM REGISTRATION)

L’DERRY VENUE: Labour Relations Agency, 3rd Floor Chambers, The Diamond, L’Derry. BT48 6HN

Given the interest in this Seminar, and that a number of Organisations have expressed an interest in attending a similar event in L’Derry, we are now running it again on 16 December 2019 in L’Derry.

If your Organisation has been the subject of any Tribunal Claims you will know that the first you generally know about the Claim is when the Claim Form is sent to you by the Tribunal with accompanying documents for you to complete the Response Form (i.e. the defence). Thereafter, the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) will contact you to ascertain if there is a potential to resolve the case.

All this will change in January 2020 with the introduction of mandatory LRA Pre-Claim / Early Conciliation.  This service, when introduced, will require potential Tribunal Claimants to contact the LRA in the first instance to consider the offer of conciliation as an alternative to formal litigation at an employment tribunal.  In most circumstances, it will not be possible for a person to lodge a claim with the Office of Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal unless the potential claimant has notified the LRA of the potential claim and received from it an Early Conciliation certificate confirming that this approach has been made.  However, there is no obligation on either the potential Claimant or potential Respondent to conciliate.

How this will impact your Organisation will be explained at the Breakfast Seminar by Patrick McAuley, Employment Relations Manager, LRA. Patrick will explain what Early Conciliation is, how it will operate and how it will impact Organisations.

If you are interested in attending, please register by sending an email to

If you have already registered to attend the Belfast Seminar but now wish to attend L’Derry, please email asking to change your venue.