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Impact of proposed amendments to Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant's remarks during the 2015/16 Budget Vote of the Department of Labour tabled in the National Assembly on 7 May with regards to the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill, will have a direct affect on all employers, employees and trade unions...

11 Jun 2015 09:33

Amendments to Labour Relations Act tested in court

There has been much speculation over the recent amendments to the Labour Relations Act, No 66 of 1995 (LRA), particularly with regards to how the amendments will be interpreted and applied by the Labour Court...

By Inez Moosa 8 Jun 2015 11:17

Objective of Code of Good Practice on Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value

On 1 June 2015 the new Code of Good Practice on Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value in terms of the amended Employment Equity Act (EEA) was issued...

By Sihle Tshetlo 8 Jun 2015 11:10

Policies must be in place to deal with sexual harassment

In South Africa, sexual harassment is prohibited by the Employment Equity Act. Employers are tasked with policing this - and, if they don't, they risk being sued for large sums...

5 Jun 2015 09:46

Criminal record expunging: Saving grace or catastrophic lapse in judgement?

Another stark reminder of how seriously our justice system takes qualifications fraud presented itself earlier this month when former police spokesman Vincent Mdunge was sentenced to five years imprisonment...

By Jenny Reid 29 May 2015 12:00

Impact of amendments to Labour Relations Act

Recent comments by the Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, criticising employers who were laying off workers after a three month contract after which they would be deemed permanent employees, should be seen as a warning to labour brokers and clients...

By Melissa Cogger and Randall van Voore 29 May 2015 07:21

Rights and responsibilities of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

People are the most important asset of any organisation, and all employees are entitled to the highest consideration for their safety while in the workplace...

By Rhys Evans 27 May 2015 07:48

Bitter battle over labour brokers threatens South Africa's fragile social order

South Africa's 21-year old democracy is under strain with different axes of social conflict contributing to the country's increasingly fragile stability...

By David Dickinson 21 May 2015 13:31

State-owned entities are not exempt from section 197(2) of the LRA

The Constitutional Court recently delivered a judgement in the case of City Power Ltd v Grinpal Energy Management Services (Pty) Ltd, concerning section 197 (2) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (LRA)...

By Sandile July 21 May 2015 08:21

Minority trade unions are bound by extended collective agreements

The Labour Relations Act, No 66 of 1995 (LRA), endeavours to promote and facilitate collective bargaining at sectoral level and in the workplace...

By Hugo Pienaar and Joloudi Badenhorst 20 May 2015 08:39

Filing of Employment Equity Reports

In terms of the Employment Equity Act (EEA), designated employers are obliged to submit an Employment Equity Report (EER) to the Director-General of the Department of Labour once every year on the first working day of October, or if an electronic report is submitted, on 15 January of the following year...

By Jacques Van Wyk, Andre van Heerden and Brittany Fe 18 May 2015 13:14

DLA Piper contributes to global employment law guide

DLA Piper's Employment group has produced a global employment law guide entitled, A Global Guide to Restrictive Covenants, which highlights the legal provisions of restrictive covenants in 33 key jurisdictions across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa...

18 May 2015 09:50

Labour legislation and maternity leave

Internationally, the Maternity Protection Convention, 2000 (No. 183) allows for a woman to whom this Convention applies a period of maternity leave of not less than 14 weeks...

By Naledi Motsiri and Olivia Eleanor Timothy 18 May 2015 09:02

Getting to grips with the complexities of employment contracts

An effective, flexible and understandable employment contract is the basis of a good employee-employer relationship. Let's look at the basics of creating a sound employment contract...

By Madelein van der Watt 15 May 2015 09:51

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