Labour Law

Healthy and regulated competition in business can boost the quality of services and products. However the laws that guide competition need to promote fair and ethical practices.

Fathers can look forward to more time with their newborns following the passing of the Labour Laws Amendment Bill on Tuesday by the National Assembly, set to give dads more paid paternity leave.

Depression in the workplace is on the rise and employers are battling to manage this costly illness.

Everyone in the workplace has a responsibility to see that company policy is understood and practiced.

“Past Lessons, Future Challenges: 30 years on” is the theme of the 30th Annual Labour Law Conference (ALLC), first held in 1987 after the Wiehahn Commission of Enquiry acknowledged trade unions and the labour movement as a strategic force in the move towards a democratic South Africa.

Time is of the essence when dealing with labour disputes and litigants should be mindful that they need to treat these disputes with urgency.

South African businesses must ensure they have a policy in place to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace and that this policy is effectively communicated and understood by all employees.

The Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has dismissed an application by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) in relation to the payment of bonuses in 2015.

Workplace mediation offers significant benefits to employers and employees. It has the potential to facilitate fast, innovative, mutually beneficial, solutions to employment disputes.

Both the protection of human rights, and the enforcement of non-discrimination of these rights is an undeniable responsibility of South African businesses.

The possible brand damage to employers that can flow from inappropriate social media use by their employees is frequently highlighted. This is according to Ros Davey, a partner in Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s Employment & Benefits Practice.

Whether an employer is entitled to dismiss employees for refusing to undergo a polygraph test when such employees are contractually obligated to submit to a polygraph upon request by the employer where such request amounts to singling out certain employees from others who are not so contractually obliged?

Contractual agreements, employee benefits, set working hours and the protection of vulnerable groups - such as children - from exploitation, are common labour law considerations across the world.

This year’s most eagerly anticipated labour law case has been the battle over section 198A(3)(b) of the LRA.

The new labour law amendments could place employers in a compromising position and business owners need to prepare for these changes.

Technology has changed the way people communicate with each other, how they stay abreast of developments and share information and how they do business.

What to do when you suspect a sexual harassment complaint is not genuine.

From midnight on 31 March 2015 a new dispensation kicked in for employees on fixed term or part time contracts

The Department of Labour says temporary workers must be accorded the same treatment as permanent staff.

The Department of Labour has reiterated that private employment agencies are not permitted to charge work seekers any fees for services rendered.

It will now be illegal in South Africa to hire workers in temporary employment for more than three months without justifiable reasons.

As more and more organisations start crossing their borders businesses must ensure that the rights of children are protected.

South Africa's domestic workers will soon be covered by the Compensation for
Occupational Injuries and Diseases (Coida) Act, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said.
The Unemployment Insurance Act is also being reviewed.

According to the department, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act was amended
so as to substitute certain definitions. Find out more about the changes and the
affect of these changes on businesses.

People are becoming more expressive on social media platforms even going
so so far as to reveal things about their employers that could damage the
company image. Employees should ensure that disclosures are made in a
responsible manner.


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