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.
The amount of claims taken against employers because of bullying and harassment which employees suffer (or allegedly suffer) in the workplace has risen exponentially over the past number years. Thus all employers must be mindful of their obligations in this regard.
At a seminar we presented recently we pointed out that judges have found little difficulty in holding that posts by employees on Facebook do not attract the necessary degree of privacy to protect them from disciplinary action.
The Employment Permits Act 2003 which was significantly amended in 2006 provides for the granting of employment permits for non-nationals. It specifically prohibits the employment of non-nationals who do not have permits.