Plans to introduce compulsory collective bargaining for all companies in the State were announced by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the opening of the Labour Party national conference in Killarney in November. As it is presently, whilst everyone has a right to join a trade union there is no obligation on employers to recognise them or to negotiate with them.
Prenuptial Agreements are entered into between Parties who seek to regulate their affairs in the event of a break down of a marriage. Couples are now endeavouring to financially protect themselves in the event of a marital break-down.
At the end of September the Court of Justice of the European Union released two interesting opinions on the entitlement of women who had their children through a surrogate to maternity leave and/or adoptive leave. The aforementioned cases are the first time that the Court of Justice of the European Union have been asked to deal with the leave entitlements of women who have their children through surrogacy.
It is the established practice of many employers in Ireland to include a compulsory retirement age for employees in their contracts of employment and once this has been signed up to by the employee, Irish legislation, as it stands, duly permits this practice.