IMPACT – MEDIUM
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.
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.
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