Ireland Update: Landmark Supreme Court Decision on the Constitutionality of the Workplace Relations Commission

The Irish Supreme Court in Zalewski v Adjudication Officer has rejected a number of arguments challenging the constitutionality of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 and related legislation.

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