Posted on: Aug 02, 2013

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) is a more formal step to resolving an employment dispute or personal grievance if mediation doesn’t work. The ERA is an independent body set up to investigate workplace disputes. 

Both employers and employees can lodge an application in the ERA, the filing fee currently costs $71.56.

Once an application has been lodged with the ERA there will be an investigation meeting where both sides can put forward their case.  You can attend this meeting represented by a lawyer, an employment relations consultant (like one of our Associates from Paul Diver Associates), or you can represent yourself.

After this meeting, the Authority Member will make a decision based on the merits of the case and advise of their decision through a written determination sent/emailed through to both parties. If either party is unhappy with the determination of the Employment Relations Authority, they are entitled to take their case to the Employment Court.  Note that an application to the Employment Court must be made within 28 days of the Employment Relations Authority’s determination regarding the case.

If you would like to discuss taking a case to the Employment Relations Authority please contact us for more information.

If you want to read more about the mediation process before progressing to the ERA then click here to read our article on this topic.


This article, and any information contained on our website is necessarily brief and general in nature, and should not be substituted for professional advice. You should always seek professional advice before taking any action in relation to the matters addressed.