Is your business prepared for a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) inspection?

March 28, 2023

Join Fiona Mulligan, SFA HR Executive on 4 April at 11:00am for a webinar on ‘Preparing for a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) inspection’. This webinar covers what you need to know when a WRC inspector calls to your business. The WRC have prepared a guide for employers on what to expect if they receive a WRC site inspection. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that employers comply with employment law legislation such as keeping working time records, written contracts or a statement of terms and conditions for all employment types, employment permits and much more.


An inspection may arise because the WRC received a complaint for alleged non-compliance, it might be part of the WRC’s compliance campaigns which focuses on a specific piece of legislation, such as employment permits, or it could be a routine inspection. Typically, a WRC Inspector will notify an employer in writing prior to an inspection. However, following an employee complaint or a suspicion of non-compliance, the WRC can carry out an unannounced inspection.


WRC inspectors have the power to:

  • enter any premises at a reasonable time;
  • demand sight of records;
  • inspect records;
  • take copies of records;
  • interview and require information from any relevant person
  • impose compliance notices and fixed payment notices.

Where breaches of legislation have been found, an inspector may deem it necessary and appropriate to invoke legal sanctions. This can involve the issuing of Compliance Notices and Fixed Payment Notices and/or prosecution where employers refuse to comply with the law, fail to cooperate with the inspection process, and/or have been found to have repeatedly breached the law.


Join Fiona Mulligan, SFA HR Executive on 4 April at 11:00am for ‘Preparing for a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) inspection’.