Under The Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010 which came into force on 2 March 2010 it is unlawful:

  • to compile, use, sell or supply a list containing details of people who are or have been members of trade unions or people who are or have taken part in trade union activities for the purpose of discriminating against people named on the list;
  • for an employer to refuse to employ someone because they appear on a blacklist;
  • for an employment agency to refuse to offer its services to someone because they appear on a blacklist;
  • to subject someone to a detriment because they appear on a blacklist;
  • and it will be automatically unfair, to dismiss someone for the reason or principal reason that they appear on a blacklist.

The Regulations also enable individuals and/or unions to seek remedies against those in breach of the Regulations.