IRELAND (May 23, 2017) – Audits on the rise two years after trusted partner program launch

Audits may be triggered for reasons unrelated to TPI renewal

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What is the change? Authorities are auditing a number of Trusted Partner Initiative companies, a number of which are seeking to renew their TPI status two years after the program was launched.

What does the change mean? Companies should expect a compliance audit when applying for TPI status renewal, but should also note that audits may be triggered for reasons unrelated to TPI renewal. For example, audits may stem from an official employee complaint, from a referral from a state agency or from issues arising in an earlier audit.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: The TPI covers all employment permit types except Contract for Services Employment Permits and permits issued under the Atypical Working Scheme.
  • Who is affected: Companies participating in Ireland’s Trusted Partner Initiative.
  • Business impact: Companies that are out of compliance with immigration or employment regulations risk losing TPI status and may face legal sanction.
  • Next steps: Companies should work with BAL to plan for any audits they may face.

Background: Ireland launched the TPI in May of 2015, providing a fast-track employment permit application service for approved companies. A number of companies registered soon after officials began accepting registration forms and now, two years later, their TPI status is up for renewal. Workplace Relations Commission audits are routine for companies seeking to renew their TPI status, but, as noted above, may also be initiated for other reasons. Audits may cover any employment laws or regulations, including immigration-related employment matters.

BAL Analysis: BAL is working with affected clients to prepare for audits, whether the audits are triggered by a TPI renewal or for another reason.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in the United Kingdom. For additional information, please contact uk@balglobal.com.

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