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labour appeal court says employees can be fired for attending rugby match while using sick leave

We’ve all been in a situation where we were at our place of employment but wanted to be somewhere else. Is it correct to use sick leave to attend leisure activities?

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Double Jeopardy occurs where an employee is punished twice for the same incident of misconduct or poor performance. Normally, such discipline would be found to be unfair. However, one view is that a second disciplinary process might be justified if the employer is able to present evidence that:

Employment Equity Act

The Employment Equity Act promotes equal opportunity in the workplace and seeks to eliminate unfair discrimination.

minimum wage impact

The minimum wage is deemed to be an important instrument in improving the lives of South Africans and lifting them out of poverty.

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The potential penalty of R1 500 000 for a first offence highlights the seriousness with which the Department of Employment and Labour (DOEL) takes non-compliance and shows that they will not hesitate to bring the maximum penalty against defaulters.

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Where the job itself is permanent it is dangerous to employ staff on anything but a permanent contract. This is firstly because the Labour Relations Act provides for fixed-term employees to have a reasonable expectation of renewal of their contracts at the expiry date.

person receiving Covid-19 vaccine injection

With many companies looking to enforce vaccine mandates for employees from the beginning of next year, Ian McAlister, General Manager at CRS Technologies, examines several of the key issues surrounding this.

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Strikes in South Africa are as ‘normal’ as warm weather. However, strikes have more recently occurred less frequently probably due to the reluctance of unions to weaken the employer and to spark resulting retrenchments. In the light of this partial mindset change the Massmart strike that has entered its second week is somewhat unexpected.

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Whether the dismissal of an employee who attended work whilst awaiting a Covid-19 test result, who continued to report to work after the Covid-19 test result came back positive and who failed to follow health and safety protocols in the workplace, was fair.

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Labour Law provides employers, employees and businesses with a set of guidelines for a safe and fair workplace.

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