Anti-Discrimination (Pay) Act, 1974

Equal pay officers.

6.—(1) The Minister, after consultation with the Court and with the consent of the Minister for the Public Service, may appoint as equal pay officers of the Court, such and so many persons as he thinks fit and a person so appointed shall be known (and is in this Act referred to) as an equal pay officer.

(2) An equal pay officer shall carry out the functions assigned to him by this Act and shall hold office on such terms and receive such remuneration as the Minister for the Public Service determines.

(3) An equal pay officer may provide for the regulation of proceedings before him in relation to an investigation by him under this Act.

(4) (a) An equal pay officer may, for the purpose of obtaining any information which he may require for enabling him to exercise his functions under this Act, do any one or more of the following things:

(i) at all reasonable times enter premises,

(ii) require an employer or his representative to produce to him any records, books or documents in the employer's power or control and which the officer has reasonable grounds for believing to contain information of the kind so required and to give him such information as he may reasonably require in regard to any entries in any such records, books or documents,

(iii) inspect and copy or take extracts from any such records, books or documents,

(iv) inspect any work in progress in the premises.

(b) Any person who obstructs or impedes an equal pay officer in the exercise of his powers under this subsection or does not comply with a requirement of an equal pay officer under this subsection shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £100 or on conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding £1,000.

(5) An investigation by an equal pay officer shall be conducted in private.