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U-turn on withholding tax on foreign service fees
U-turn on withholding tax on foreign service fees

Tax authorities have over the years introduced various withholding taxes to make it easier to collect tax from foreigners...

By Graeme Palmer 22 Aug 2016

How to handle a defaulting tenant
How to handle a defaulting tenant

The current challenging economic circumstances have not only had an effect on those wanting to own property...

By Adrian Goslett 18 Aug 2016

Playing the Trump card
Playing the Trump card

Donald Trump is, to put it lightly, a controversial figure, known for his extreme right wing political views and far from subtle criticism of, and disdain for, various minority groups. Well, Donald has done it again...

By Vicky Stilwell 15 Aug 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Five funding options for plaintiffs strapped for cash

Oftentimes, prospective plaintiffs will have an airtight case, but they're put in a compromising position that prevents them from being able to follow through with the proceedings...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 27 Jul 2016

Insurance could balance the legal scales
Insurance could balance the legal scales

There is a famous saying: If you have the law, hammer the law. If you have the facts, hammer the facts. If you have neither the law nor the facts, hammer the table...

By Sharon Snell 22 Jul 2016

Important considerations for EU trade mark owners, post-Brexit
Important considerations for EU trade mark owners, post-Brexit

Presently, the European Union Trade Mark includes the UK; however, post-Brexit will see many changes, which may include the UK no longer being covered by it...

By Donvay Wegierski 14 Jul 2016

To command and obey - employer vs employee rights at the SABC
To command and obey - employer vs employee rights at the SABC

The current situation at the SABC brings into question the rights of employers to issue commands and the duty of employees to obey and carry out such instructions...

By Johan Botes 7 Jul 2016

MOU signing - first step to regional competition authority for SADC?
MOU signing - first step to regional competition authority for SADC?

The competition authorities of Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), an important step in the direction of more effective cross border enforcement of competition laws in SADC...

By Pieter Steyn 5 Jul 2016

Potential compliance issues of new mining charter
Potential compliance issues of new mining charter

South Africa (similar to other countries endowed with mineral resources) has recognised that, except for encouraging downstream value-addition (beneficiation) in the minerals sector, policy tools and regulatory frameworks must be implemented to ensure that the extractive industry provides broader benefits to society...

By Jackwell Feris 28 Jun 2016

New draft rules for foreign employment income tax exemption
New draft rules for foreign employment income tax exemption

SARS recently issued a new draft Interpretation Note 16 on the requirements to qualify for a tax exemption on foreign employment income...

By Graeme Palmer 24 Jun 2016

Driverless cars on a collision course with insurance
Driverless cars on a collision course with insurance

With the prediction that AVs will be available commercially by 2020 - liability for the actions of these vehicles is receiving the attention of insurers...

By Sharon Snell 13 Jun 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Why are medical lawsuits so controversial?

If you suffer from serious side effects after taking a new medication, or your physician is negligent, it is only natural that you would want some form of compensation for your injuries...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 25 May 2016

Taxing foreign sport players, entertainers
Taxing foreign sport players, entertainers

Sections of the Income Tax Act provides for the taxation of foreign sportspersons, such as the professional athletes competing in races like the up-coming Comrades...

By Graeme Palmer 24 May 2016

CCMA cases increase, giving rise to careful consideration on retrenchment
CCMA cases increase, giving rise to careful consideration on retrenchment

According to the CCMA, it has around 687 cases a day, which represents an increase of almost 23% over the past five years...

By Aadil Patel 18 May 2016

Virgin Active's 'Get off your ass' ads not offensive - ASA
Virgin Active's 'Get off your ass' ads not offensive - ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that the use of 'ass' in Virgin Active's television commercials is not offensive and the group may continue to use the word in its advertising...

By Gaelyn Scott 18 May 2016

Class action could suck the breath out of the mining industry
Class action could suck the breath out of the mining industry

Although any sort of outcome is still years off, the high court ruling on the silicosis class action will no doubt have mining houses panicked...

By Nicci Botha 16 May 2016

[Case files] A curious case of arson
[Case files] A curious case of arson

There is nothing more frustrating for an insurer than having a suspicion of insurance fraud, but not having sufficient evidence to prove it...

By Sharon Snell 13 May 2016

Tech investors scared away by strict regulatory policy
Tech investors scared away by strict regulatory policy

Overly strict regulatory policy can inhibit investment in internet companies, with governments in emerging markets needing to ensure policy does not put off tech investors...

By Tom Jackson 11 May 2016

Criminal sanctions for cartels
Criminal sanctions for cartels

As of 1 May 2016, the Competition Amendment Act (2009) comes into effect and one of its provisions makes cartel conduct a criminal offence...

By Albert Aukema 26 Apr 2016

Understanding the legalities of overtime
Understanding the legalities of overtime

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act sets out some clear, realistic laws governing overtime that all employers must heed. This legislation does a good job of balancing the rights of employees and the needs of businesses to avoid contention between employers and employees...

By Madelein Taljaard (van der Watt) 21 Apr 2016

Treasury calls for public comments on special voluntary disclosure programme
Treasury calls for public comments on special voluntary disclosure programme

On 12 April 2016, the National Treasury released a media statement in which the public is requested to make formal submissions on draft legislation that sets out the legal framework of the special voluntary disclosure programme (VDP) by 29 April 2016...

By Heinrich Louw 18 Apr 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Primary factors that influence paralegal salaries

If you take a look at the paralegal salaries that different professionals have in different parts of the world, you will notice that the variations can be quite high...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 5 Apr 2016

Johns Hopkins performs first HIV+ liver transplant
Johns Hopkins performs first HIV+ liver transplant

The first positive-to-positive liver transplant has been performed successfully at Johns Hopkins...

By Nicci Botha 31 Mar 2016

Upsetting the healthcare apple cart
Upsetting the healthcare apple cart

The SA healthcare industry is in a state of flux, especially around NHI and the Competition Commission probe into private healthcare costs...

By Nicci Botha 30 Mar 2016

Judgement on VAT treatment of student accommodation
Judgement on VAT treatment of student accommodation

In a recent, unreported case, the High Court (Gauteng Division, Pretoria) Respublica v Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service ruled on the value-added tax (VAT) treatment of the lease of a building to a university for purposes of student accommodation...

By Heinrich Louw 29 Mar 2016

Constitutional Court rules against lockouts
Constitutional Court rules against lockouts

In the case of the Transport and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (TAWUSA) vs Putco, the Constitutional Court has ruled that the Labour Relations Act does not permit an employer to lockout the members of a trade union that are not a party to a bargaining council, where the dispute has arisen and has been referred for conciliation...

By Aadil Patel 15 Mar 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
Overtime lawsuit - A basic guide

The Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA is the federal law that deals with cases of unpaid overtime work. If you want to file an unpaid overtime lawsuit, you must be able to prove three things...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 7 Mar 2016

Beware the interest free shareholder loan
Beware the interest free shareholder loan

Companies often lend funds to their shareholders, for a variety of reasons, and are often referred to as debit loans. However, if a loan is made to a shareholder at a low interest rate or interest free, it may trigger dividends tax...

By Graeme Palmer 1 Mar 2016

Five budget speech highlights you may have missed
Five budget speech highlights you may have missed

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan did an admirable job of balancing South Africa's books in his 2016 Budget, by providing a sound framework for the next year...

By Rob Cooper 29 Feb 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
How to successfully present your claim in cases of employment discrimination?

Although we are living in a digital age, the fact is that discrimination in the workplace is still present. Employment discrimination makes a work atmosphere in which the employees are exposed to discrimination...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 26 Feb 2016

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