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Increase of Employment Rights Limits in NI

Posted in : NI on 28 March 2019

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 revises the limits on awards and payments under certain employment rights legislation in line with the rate of inflation. It will come into operation on 6th April 2019.

The main changes are as follows:

Relevant Statutory Provision

Subject of Provision

2017 Rate

2018 Rate

2019 Rate

Article 40(6) of the 1995 Order

Minimum amount of compensation awarded by the industrial tribunal where individual expelled from union in contravention of Article 38 of the 1995 Order and where, when the application is made, the applicant has not been re-admitted to the union.




Article 23(1) of the 1996 Order

Maximum amount of “a week’s pay” for the purpose of calculating a redundancy payment or for various awards including the basic or additional award of compensation for unfair dismissal.




Article 153 (1) of the 1996 Order

Limit on maximum amount of basic award of compensation in ‘normal’ unfair dismissals and statutory redundancy payments are therefore increased from….




Article 63(1) of the 1996 Order

Limit on amount of guarantee payment payable to an employee in respect of any day.




Article 77E(3) of the 1996 Order

Amount of award for unlawful inducement relating to union membership or activities, or for unlawful inducement relating to collective bargaining.




Article 154(1) of the 1996 Order

Minimum amount of basic award of compensation where dismissal is unfair by virtue of Article 132(1)(a) and (b), 132A(1)(d)(1), 133(1), 134 or 136(1) of the 1996 Order.




Article 158(1) of the 1996 Order

Limit on amount of compensatory award for unfair dismissal.




Article 231(1) of the 1996 Order

Limit on amount in respect of any one week payable to an employee in respect of debt to which Part XIV of the 1996 Order applies and which is referable to a period of time.




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This article is correct at 28/03/2019

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