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The Employment Tribunal 9 January 2007

Appointments Commission seeks members for the Employment Tribunal

The Appointments Commission* is seeking applications from individuals for membership of the Employment Tribunal. Appointments will take effect from 1st March 2007.

What is the Employment Tribunal?

The Employment Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) will be appointed under Part I of Schedule 3 to the Employment Act 2006 which is not yet in force. The Tribunal consists of a chairman, who must be legally qualified (i.e. a barrister, advocate or solicitor of not less than 7 years standing), a panel of Deputy Chairmen (who must be likewise legally qualified) and 2 panels of side members - one panel appointed after consultation with employers’ representatives and the other panel after consultation with employees’ representatives.

What does the Employment Tribunal do?

The principal function of the Tribunal is to consider matters referred to it by an employee who is seeking a remedy for infringement of any of the rights conferred on him or her or contravention of any obligation imposed by the Island’s Employment law.

The proceedings of the Tribunal are currently regulated by Rules made under Part II of Schedule 4 to the Employment Act 1991. New Rules will be made later this year under Part II of Schedule 3 to the Employment Act 2006. The Tribunal is administered by the Tribunals Centralised Administration in the General Registry.

Who are the Appointments Commission looking for?

The Commission will be looking for at least three advocates – one to be appointed as Chairman and at least two others to form a panel of Deputy chairmen.

The Commission will be seeking nominations from organisations representing both employers and employees for appointees to the two panels of side members.

With the exception of the Chairman and deputy chairmen, applicants do not need any formal qualifications. However, the Appointments Commission will be looking for people who have a knowledge and understanding of employment matters from both the employers’ and employees’ standpoints who will take an active part in the work of the Tribunal.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying you should write to the Secretary of the Appointments Commission at the address indicated below enclosing your current curriculum vitae and the names of two persons who may be contacted for a reference. Applications should reach the Secretary by 26th January 2007. Late applications may be accepted by the Appointments Commission only at its discretion.

An information pack and further information about the role and the duties of the Employment Tribunal are available from the Secretary of the Appointments Commission, Chief Secretary’s Office, Government Office, Bucks Road, DOUGLAS. (Tel : 686409 Email : philip.walker@cso.gov.im)

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*The Appointments Commission has been established by the Council of Ministers under the auspices of the Tribunals Act 2006 as an independent body. Its principal function is to make appointments to various Appeals Tribunals and other bodies covered by the statutory provisions of the Tribunals Legislation.

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