Following the recent High Court Case new proposals in relation to JLC/REA's have been made by the government:
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Following today's decision to reduce the Minimum Wage rate to €7.65. The Government has signalled that the ERO and REA rates should be reviewed. In particular the Catering,...

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Sep 26, 2010

NERA Quarterly Update


Quaterly Update from NERA

 

NERA the National Employment Rights Authority have just published their report for the second Quarter of 2010.

NERA Information Services dealt with over 63,149 telephone enquiries during the first half of 2010, a decrease of about 13% on the same period in 2009. This fall is predominantly due to industrial action within the Civil Service during this period rather then the increase in the live register!!

 

To the end of June, NERA Inspectors carried out 7,964 visits and inspections. 2,214 individual employers were involved in these inspections and unpaid wages due to employees totalling €538,228 were recovered.

The Catering sector received the largest number of inspections (255), and a total of €94,114 was recovered in unpaid wages.

While the Construction Industry had 191 inspections resulting in a total of €135,641 in wages were recovered. This is interesting given the pressure on this industry over the last two years. It will be interesting to see if the Unions accept the proposed reductions to the REA pay rates!!

Interestingly the majority of inspections involved the Protection of Young Persons (2,013). Given the age demographic of the live register and the concerns about the increasing difficulties young people seeking work encounter, one wonders why the need to focus on this piece of legislation at this time?? 

From January to June 2010, 74 cases were referred to NERA solicitors for prosecution.

 

Bottom line here is that NERA are still very active and are still focusing on the old reliables Catering and Construction, regardless of the recession's impact on these industries.