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"Codes of different types constitute a substantial part of labour legislation, therefore employers need to know these codes and understand their obligations under these codes," explains Ivan Israelstam. Labour legislation contains, amongst others, codes on retrenchment, picketing of strikers, sexual harassment and dismissal.

The new Companies Act requires all companies, whether public or private, to establish a "Social and Ethics Committee'. In the light of King III this can have dramatic implications for companies and Good Corporate governance, explains Des Squire.

Infrastructure investments by transport parastatal Transnet are expected to create over 300 000 jobs and boost economic growth in four provinces in the country, says Transport Minister S?bu Ndebele.

As the concept of "unfairness" is not defined in the Labour Relations Act (LRA) leaving employers Ivan Israelstam proposes that the act of an employer would be seen to be "unfair" in labour law if it infringes the employee's entrenched rights, is one-sided, unnecessary and/or inappropriate under the circumstances.

Des Squire discusses the standard of morals and ethics in South Africa, after a recent call by President Jacob Zuma to advocate discussion around South African morals and ethics.

Over the past two weeks, Ivan Israelstam examined the labour law term 'unfair'. In this week's feature, he considers the 'fairness' debate in reference to the dismissal of illegal strikers.

The process of Con-Arb (conciliation and arbitration) is often used at the CCMA when dealing with labour disputes, explains Ivan Israelstem. The objective of con-arb is to cut down drastically the time period between conciliation and arbitration, and may also have the effect of forcing the parties to make every effort to settle the matter at conciliation.

There are six pieces of legislation that work together to protect the employee and her child from the day the employee falls pregnant until well after the birth of the child. Ivan Israelstam explains what the law expaects employers to do to look after their pregnant employees.

The National Youth Development Agency has appointed Steven Ngubeni as its new Chief Executive Officer. Ngubeni, 32, joins the NYDA from the Victor Khanye Municipality in Mpumalanga where he held the position of municipal manager.


One of the big problems facing managers and employees is the impact of the generation gap and the inability of individuals - managers and/or subordinates - to communicate and relate as a result of this gap. Des Squire has some guidelines for managers and supervisors.

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