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Labour Relations Act amendments alert

The amendments to the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (LRA), as embodied within the Labour Relations Amendment Act 6 of 2014 (amendment act) became effective on 1 January, 2015, save for a few key amendments which are only due to become effective on 1 April 2015...

By Jacques van Wyk and Andre van Heerden 30 Mar 2015 13:10

Extension for Compensation Fund returns gives SMEs some breathing space

The Department of Labour has extended the deadline for Return of Earnings for employers registered with the Compensation Fund to 31 May 2015. These returns are usually due by the end of March each year...

By Madelein van der Watt 30 Mar 2015 11:53

SABC News to scrap bulletins in Afrikaans, vernacular languages?

NEWSWATCH: SABC News is reported to be doing away with bulletins in Afrikaans and other vernacular languages, reports Thinus Ferreira, in Channel24...

30 Mar 2015 10:13

Transformation in legal profession requires more than meeting equity targets

The South African legal profession is transforming. Of that there is no doubt. One merely has to look at the improving levels of racial and gender equality on the South African bench for proof of the good work being done around employment equity and transformation across the profession...

By Stephen Thomson 27 Mar 2015 10:32

Employers not obliged to accept medical certificates from traditional healers

Employees have not been permitted to provide traditional healers' certificates as proof of incapacity after a period of absenteeism from the workplace. This is due to the lack of an established professional council as required by s23 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, No 75 of 1997 (BCEA)...

By Faan Coetzee and Kgotso Matjila 27 Mar 2015 10:10

Labour Court emphasises duties of commissioners

Can one review a decision of a commissioner who fails to provide cogent reasons for his decision?

By Fiona Leppan and Bryce Bartlett 27 Mar 2015 10:03

SABC: Axing of board members is 'unlawful'

NEWSWATCH: BD Live reports that one of the SABC directors axed this week says the action is 'unlawful, motivated by malice and constitutes a purge'...

27 Mar 2015 09:20

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr contributes to global labour legislation report

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr contributed the South African chapter of a report entitled, A Global Employment Guide to Business Transfers, compiled by the DLA Piper Global Employment team...

25 Mar 2015 11:05

Home Affairs staff unhappy with six-day work week

NEWSWATCH: The Department of Home Affairs says it is unperturbed by a possible employee strike. Its staff are unhappy because, as of this week, they will be required to work on Saturdays...

24 Mar 2015 12:24

The Table Bay goes for Level 2 BBBEE

The Table Bay at Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has embraced the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) objective of its holding company, Sun International, to achieve Level 2 BBBEE status...

20 Mar 2015 14:27

Law protects HIV-positive employees

South African courts have been unanimous in their findings that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive employees and prospective employees are thoroughly protected by the law from unfair discrimination...

By Fadia Arnold 20 Mar 2015 07:47

Video evidence in arbitration proceedings must be authentic and relevant

In terms of section 138(1) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (as amended) a "commissioner may conduct the arbitration in a manner that the commissioner considers appropriate in order to determine the dispute fairly and quickly, but must deal with the substantial merits of the dispute with the minimum of legal formalities"...

By Jacques van Wyk 19 Mar 2015 10:39

Employers must examine internal whistle-blowing procedures

Whistle-blowing is defined as raising a concern about wrongdoing within an organisation. The Protected Disclosures Act, No 26 of 2000 (PDA), was enacted to protect whistle-blowers and to help combat corruption...

By Fiona Leppan and Nick Wright 19 Mar 2015 09:54

R2K: Parliament needs to rein in its rogue secret committee!

Murray Hunter, national spokesperson for the Right2Know Campaign says R2K is outraged to learn that Parliament's intelligence committee, the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence, has gone ahead in secret to interview candidates for the 'spy ombud', the Inspector General of Intelligence...

18 Mar 2015 12:26

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