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New Act on the Danish Labour Court and Industrial Arbitration Tribunals

January 2009 - Employment. Legal Developments by Norrbom Vinding Law Firm, member of ius laboris.

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19-03-2008 - The Danish Parliament recently passed a Bill on the Danish Labour Court and industrial arbitration tribunals, which replaces the former Danish Labour Court Act.

The most important feature is the new Part 2 on industrial arbitration tribunals, which have not been governed by law until now. The purpose is to provide a regulatory framework for all major issues which may arise in the industrial dispute resolution system (e.g. concerning the Danish Labour Court and the industrial arbitration tribunals, including their composition, jurisdiction, procedure, decisions, sanctions, costs, enforcement, etc.) in order to ensure that also the industrial arbitration tribunals are firmly anchored in a statutory framework and thus provide a dispute resolution system which is attractive and affords due process.

The Act also modernises and updates industrial dispute resolution. By way of example, disputes concerning arbitration agreements and their construction may be brought before the Labour Court. In addition, the Labour Court and the industrial arbitration tribunals are empowered to settle disputes within their respective jurisdictions which require a position on the law.

The Act commenced on 1 March 2008.

Jørgen Vinding

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