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Labour Law

Sick at work
Nicol Myburg
Labour Law

A number of international and local companies have requested that their employees work from home due to the dire consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

With some employees also opting to self-quarantine, there are a number of labour law considerations that South African businesses will have to consider.

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Did you know that your beliefs may be protected by labour laws? But how far do these protections extend – would you be protected for climate change denialism, veganism or being a flat earther?

Does the termination of an employee’s fixed term contract of employment, where such employee earns below the earnings threshold and is employed to perform work of a permanent nature, amount to an unfair dismissal.

In March 2019 the lack of sexual harassment policies in some of South Africa’s political organisations made the headlines.

In the arbitration between the National Union of Mineworkers obo Donald Andile Mchunu v Tronox Mineral Sands (case number KNRB1750-18) the Commissioner had to decide whether the applicant, the second best candidate, was entitled to be appointed to a vacant position because the best candidate declined the offer.

South African labour law has developed a rich body of case law since the Labour Relations Act was first introduced in 1995, and most employees are well aware of their rights not be unfairly dismissed, and to not be subject to unfair labour practices. 

 

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