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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

Gov backtracks on B-BBEE Codes

Government has backtracked after publishing a General Notice which had the effect of virtually abolishing the recognition of ownership rights achieved using B-BBEE Schemes...

By Helgard Janse van Rensburg 14 May 2015 13:18

Employers must have tangible evidence to support dismissals

Section 188 of the Labour Relations Act, No 66 of 1995 permits an employer to dismiss an employee for reasons related to the employee's misconduct. Employers have tried to broaden the ambit of this form of dismissal by arguing that employees can be dismissed based on a suspicion of misconduct alone...

By Hugo Pienaar and Joloudi Badenhorst 14 May 2015 13:05

New dispensation for employees on contracts

From midnight on 31 March 2015 a new dispensation kicked in for employees on fixed term or part time contracts and for clients who employed the services of labour brokers (called temporary employment services in the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995)...

By Ingrid Lewin 14 May 2015 10:48

Implications of loadshedding for employers

The recent announcement of the implementation of loadshedding throughout the country may have severe implications for business and labour relations...

By Jacques van Wyk and Michiel Heyns 13 May 2015 12:50

BEE just not sustainable, says Gumede

Robert Gumede, the charismatic businessman who owns struggling technology company Gijima AST, says the black empowerment of today "is not sustainable"...

By Giulietta Talevi 12 May 2015 11:39

Impact of amendments to LRA on contact centre operators

When your organisation is all about providing a service to a customer, you want your people to feel a sense of belonging and care so that they can pass on that feeling to customers they are helping on a daily basis...

By Jennifer Algie 11 May 2015 07:46

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