Legal Trends 2018

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What constitutes "reasonable belief" under the Protected Disclosures Act?

The Labour Appeal Court of South Africa recently considered what constitutes a "reasonable belief" under the Protected Disclosures Act in the case of Lou-Anndree John v Afrox Oxygen Limited...

By Tiisetso Rabolao and Lauren Salt 1 day ago

Epilepsy in the workplace - to disclose or not to disclose?

Following the observance of National Epilepsy Week this past week (12-18 February), as well as International Epilepsy Day (12 February), it's time to take a closer look at the condition that affects one out of every 100 South Africans and explore the issues around disclosure.

1 day ago

After long delay, lab service starts CEO's disciplinary hearing

Almost a year after the National Health Laboratory Service's (NHLS's) board suspended its top executives for alleged corruption and maladministration, it has only just begun getting its teeth into the meat of the disciplinary action it brought against them...

By Tamar Kahn 16 Feb 2018

Exclusive Books CEO 'to defend name'

Exclusive Books CEO Benjamin Trisk says he plans to defend his "name and reputation", following his suspension by the business's board pending the outcome of a disciplinary inquiry...

By Hanna Ziady 15 Feb 2018

Can you restrain without a restraint?

The Labour Court in South Africa recently considered whether an employer could restrain its former employees from commencing employment with its competitors, without having an agreed restraint of trade...

By Motheo Mfikoe 13 Feb 2018

Tax break for voluntarily retrenched employees

Sait recently made submissions to Sars regarding the tax treatment of amounts received in consequence of voluntary retrenchments. Sait has received clarification that voluntary severance packages qualify as severance benefits...

By Joon Chong, Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Nivaani Moodley a 12 Feb 2018

Acsa trio face the chop following inquiry

Three employees at Airports Company SA (Acsa) face the axe after a disciplinary inquiry found them guilty of flouting supply chain rules and failing to obtain authorisation to participate in an Acsa empowerment scheme...

By Moyagabo Maake 12 Feb 2018

Online system for national minimum wage exemptions

The Department of Labour is developing an online system to help analyse data submitted by employers when applying for national minimum wage exemptions...

9 Feb 2018

How are companies preparing for automation and the new world of work?

The world of work is evolving, and future-conscious organisations need to be aware of the business implications associated with automation and robotics. A fundamental consideration is how such changes disrupt and affect the world of work and long-standing traditions about the role human beings play in it...

By Lusanda Raphulu 8 Feb 2018

Legalising marijuana would create a minefield in the workplace

As marijuana smokers await the ConCourt decision on whether or not the substance should be legalised, the matter casts a spotlight on the adequacy of company policies regarding substance abuse in the workplace...

8 Feb 2018

Labour finalising enactment of minimum wage

The Department of Labour is finalising the drafting of exemption regulations ahead of the enactment of the national minimum wage, Unathi Ramabulana, Deputy Director of Employment Standards Unit told the workers...

8 Feb 2018

Matshela Koko faces new disciplinary inquiry

Eskom's chief generation officer, Matshela Koko, who is implicated in awarding contracts to a company linked to his stepdaughter, is facing a new disciplinary inquiry...

By Nomahlubi Jordaan 7 Feb 2018

National Minimum Wage session goes to Bloem

Workers and union representatives in the Free State have been briefed on the fundamentals of the National Minimum Wage (NMW)...

5 Feb 2018

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International

German court could open way to bans on diesel cars

FRANKFURT, Germany - One of Germany's top courts will decide on Thursday, 22 February 2018, whether some diesel vehicles can be banned from parts of cities like Stuttgart and Duesseldorf to reduce air pollution, a possible landmark judgement for the "car nation".

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Waymo, Uber end trade secrets theft trial with settlement

SAN FRANCISCO, USA - Waymo and Uber announced an agreement on Friday, 9 February 2018, in the blockbuster federal lawsuit over allegedly stolen trade secrets from the former Google self-driving car project.

12 Feb 2018

21st Century Fox/Sky takeover thrown into doubt by UK regulator

LONDON, UK: Britain's competition regulator provisionally ruled Tuesday that a planned takeover of pan-European satellite TV giant Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment group was "not in the public interest".

24 Jan 2018

Tesla faces fresh Norway lawsuit over false advertising

OSLO, Norway: Nearly 80 Tesla owners in Norway have sued the US automaker over misleading advertising, saying their electric car did not deliver the promised performance, Norwegian daily Dagens Naeringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday.

12 Jan 2018

Steinhoff investors ask to join Dutch lawsuit

The Dutch Investors Association (VEB) says it has been approached by many South African-registered Steinhoff shareholders interested in participating in its class action against Steinhoff.

By Ann Crotty 12 Jan 2018

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