New Health and Safety Regulations

Date published: 22 October 2019


The Employer's Liability (Compulsory Insurance) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019

New Regulations

The Department for the Economy has, on 22 October 2019, made a Statutory Rule entitled "The Employer's Liability (Compulsory Insurance) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019" (S.R. 2019 No. 205) (ELCI 2019).

The Regulations, which are made under Articles 7(c) and 10 of the Employer’s Liability (Defective Equipment and Compulsory Insurance) (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 (“the 1972 Order”) subject to the negative resolution procedure, will come into operation on 18 November 2019.

The Rule will introduce a new Schedule to be substituted for Schedule 2 to the Employer’s Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R. 1999 No. 448) (“the 1999 Regulations”), which specifies those employers exempted from employer’s liability insurance under the 1972 Order.  It updates the existing Schedule by adding Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta, Labour Relations Agency, and Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education.  It also removes Ilex Urban Regeneration Company Limited, Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission, Northern Ireland Memorial Fund, Planning Appeals Commission, and the Water Appeals Commission for Northern Ireland.

The 1999 Regulations were made under the 1972 Order, which requires most employers to insure against liability for injury or disease suffered by their employees arising out of their employment.

The Rule also revokes the Employer’s Liability (Compulsory Insurance) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 (S.R. 2015 No. 80).

The requirement for eligible businesses to obtain Employer's Liability Compulsory Insurance (ELCI) is enforced by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).

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