Legal Trends 2018

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Labour Law amendments give new families more time to bond

In November last year, the Labour Law Amendment Act, 2015 was passed by Parliament. While the media has mostly focused on the right to longer leave for new fathers, the provisions cover a broader spectrum of concerns...

17 hours ago

Anti-smoking legislation could be an affront to freedom

The Department of Health will be submitting plans to amend legislation around smoking this year. Are the proposed changes entirely reasonable...?

By Jason Snyman 19 hours ago

Commission set to wrap up probe into school uniform sector collusion

The Competition Commission's probe into the supply of school uniforms has so far established that various schools had made exclusive supply deals with stockists...

1 hour ago

Hearings on KPMG role to start soon

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) inquiry into KPMG and the work it did for the Gupta family is expected to start hearing testimony later in January...

By Genevieve Quintal 19 hours ago

The taxing problem of e-commerce

The digital commerce environment is developing and evolving at such a rate that global tax systems are struggling to keep up...

1 day ago

Pay discrimination on arbitrary grounds? Prove it.

To succeed with a claim of unfair discrimination based on an arbitrary ground, an employee would need to adduce evidence or establish link between the arbitrary ground and the differentiation complained of...

By Jacques van Wyk 1 day ago

Ford offers Kuga owners settlements to squash class action suit

Global motoring giant Ford is offering to settle the bank loans of Kuga owners whose vehicles have either caught alight or malfunctioned...

By Graeme Hosken 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

Tesla faces fresh Norway lawsuit over false advertising

OSLO - 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...

3 days ago

Eskom continues to block Daniels

After more than three months, Eskom's suspended head of legal and compliance, Suzanne Daniels, will have to wait another month to continue her battle to be reinstated...

By Sikonathi Mantshantsha 3 days ago

#BizTrends2018: Eight trends in Competition Law in 2018

As the Competition Amendment Bill seeks to give competition authorities bigger teeth, so we are likely to see greater enforcement and an impact on commercial dealings in the year to come...

By Leana Engelbrecht 12 Jan 2018

'Revenge porn': Facebook to compensate Northern Irish teen

Facebook has settled a legal case involving naked photos posted on the social media platform of a Northern Irish teenager, the lawyer for the victim confirmed to AFP on Wednesday...

11 Jan 2018

Entrepreneurs, don't fear the legal nitty-gritty, embrace it

Seeking legal advice is not always a start-up's first priority, but a legal mistake early on can prove to be costly, if not fatal to a business...

11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: 'Privacy by Design' - Africa's best chance for global data protection compliance

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be implemented on 25 May 2018, is raising the bar for data protection globally, and setting a new gold standard in a digitally transforming world...

By Alexia Christie and Rubeena Parker 11 Jan 2018

Thuli Madonsela officially joins Stellenbosch University

In a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, the university welcomed her to the team...

By Naledi Shange 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Copyright in the age of AI

Hollywood flirted with Artificial Intelligence (AI) long before it became mainstream, portraying it as an adversary, pitting man against machine. Though it is no secret that it got the whole narrative around AI patently wrong...

By Brendon Ambrose 10 Jan 2018

Google engineer fired for sexist memo sues ex-employer

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: A Google engineer who was fired after writing a memo defending the gender gap in Silicon Valley tech jobs as a matter of biology has sued his former employer for discrimination...

10 Jan 2018

City manager in peril after he followed De Lille's orders

The career of Cape Town's city manager is on the line because he followed the orders of mayor Patricia de Lille...

10 Jan 2018

Education lobby group asks court to prevent WSU law accreditation from being revoked

A lobby group, the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN), has brought an urgent high court application in Gauteng, to interdict the Council for Higher Education from proceeding with its decision to revoke the accreditation of the Walter Sisulu University's (WSU's) law degree...

By Linda Ensor 9 Jan 2018

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International

Kazakhstan passes controversial media law

ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan on Thursday pushed through a raft of controversial amendments to a media law despite concern that the new legislation will further limit freedom of speech in the tightly-controlled nation.

29 Dec 2017

What to do when you experience sexual harassment at work

In recent times, the news has featured several women who have come out to speak about one form of sexual harassment or the other they experienced while at work. From unwanted sexual advances to derogatory remarks about your sex, sexual harassment is a deep-seated issue especially in the workplace.

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US broadcaster faces $13.3m fine for airing undisclosed paid ads

WASHINGTON - US regulators on Thursday announced a record $13.3m fine against a major television company for airing promotional content without telling viewers it had been paid to air it.

22 Dec 2017

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