The Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

Link to law: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisi/1997/869/contents

Introductory Text

PART I INTRODUCTORY

1.Title and commencement
2.Interpretation
3.Racial discrimination
4.Discrimination by way of victimisation
4A.Harassment
5.Meaning of “racial grounds” “racial group” etc.

PART II DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT IN THE EMPLOYMENT FIELD

Discrimination and harassment by employers

6.. . . applicants and employees
7.Discrimination by persons with statutory power to select employees for others
7A.Exception for genuine occupational requirement
8.Exceptions for genuine occupational qualifications
9.. . . contract workers
10.Meaning of employment at establishment in Northern Ireland
11.Exception for seamen recruited abroad

Discrimination by other bodies

12.Partnerships
13.Trade unions etc.
14.Qualifying bodies
15.Persons concerned with provision of vocational training
16.Employment agencies

Police
Art. 17 rep. by 2000 c. 32

PART III DISCRIMINATION IN OTHER FIELDS

Education

18.. . . bodies in charge of educational establishments
19.Other discrimination etc. by education and library boards
20.General duty in public sector of education
20A.Public authorities
20B.Exceptions or further exceptions from Article 20A for judicial and legislative acts etc
20C.Exception from Article 20A for certain acts in immigration cases
20D.Exceptions from Article 20A for decisions not to prosecute etc

Goods, facilities, services and premises

21.. . . provision of goods, facilities or services
22.. . . disposal or management of premises
23.Exception from Articles 21(1) and 22: small dwellings
24.Further exceptions from Articles 21 and 22
25.Discrimination: associations not within Article 13

Barristers
26.. . . barristers

Extent
27.Extent of Part III

PART IV OTHER UNLAWFUL ACTS

27A.Relationships which have come to end
28.(1) In this Article “discriminatory practice” means—
29.Discriminatory advertisements
30.Instructions to commit unlawful acts
31.Pressure to commit unlawful acts
32.Liability of employers and principals
33.Aiding unlawful acts

PART V CHARITIES
34.Charities

PART VI GENERAL EXCEPTIONS FROM PARTS II TO IV

35.Special needs of racial groups in regard to education, training or welfare
36.Provision of education or training for persons not ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland
36A.Selection of unemployed persons
37.Discriminatory training etc.
38.Sports and competitions
39.Indirect access to benefits etc.
40.Acts done under statutory authority etc.
40A.The Police Service of Northern Ireland and the police support staff
41.Acts safeguarding national security, etc.
41A.Effect of certificates by Secretary of State

PART VII THE COMMISSION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

General

42.Establishment and duties of Commission
43.Assistance to organisations
44.Research and education

Codes of practice
45.Codes of practice

Investigations

46.Power to conduct formal investigations
47.Terms of reference
48.Power to obtain information
49.Recommendations and reports on formal investigations
50.Restriction on disclosure of information

PART VIII ENFORCEMENT

General
51.Restriction on proceedings for breach of Order

Enforcement in employment field

52.Jurisdiction of industrial tribunals
52A.Burden of proof: industrial tribunals
53.Remedies on complaint under Article 52

Enforcement of Part III

54.Claims under Part III etc
54A.Claims under Article 20A in immigration cases
54B.Burden of proof: county court

Non-discrimination notices

55.Issue of non-discrimination notice
56.Appeal against non-discrimination notice
57.Investigation as to compliance with non-discrimination notice
58.Register of non-discrimination notices

Other enforcement by Commission

59.Persistent discrimination
60.Enforcement of Articles 29 to 31
61.Preliminary action in employment cases
62.Undertakings by persons contravening this Order

Help for persons suffering discrimination

63.Help for aggrieved persons in obtaining information etc.
64.Assistance by Commission

Period within which proceedings to be brought
65.Period within which proceedings to be brought

Evidence
66.Evidence

PART IX SUPPLEMENTAL

67.District councils: general statutory duty
68.Validity and revision of contracts
68A.Collective agreements and rules of undertakings
68B.(1) A person to whom this paragraph applies may present...
69.Power to amend certain provisions of Order
70.Regulations and orders
71.Application to Crown etc.
72.Government appointments outside Article 6
72ZA.Other office holders
72A. The Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve
72B.Other police bodies
Art. 73—Amendments

Schedule 1 rep. by 1998 c.47

Schedule 2—Amendments
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