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Unions accept SAA severance packages

Labour unions, representatives of non-unionised managers and ground staff have agreed to accept the South African Airways (SAA) voluntary severance packages (VSPs)...

2 days ago

Heavy fine imposed on Durban company

No company should ever think it can operate in South Africa and not comply with the labour laws that have been designed to protect both workers and employers...

3 days ago

Fortune (500) telling - how America's top CEOs see the future after Covid-19

Even though we are starting to see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, we still have a long way to go before life can return to a pre-Covid-19 type of normality, with many questioning if it will ever fully return. From a business point of view, we can draw insight from the CEOs of 2020's Fortune 500 list of companies...

By Johan Botes, Tiisetso Rabolao and Kirsty Gibson 6 Jul 2020

Possible insurance lifelines for struggling business owners as a result of the lockdown

Several weeks into the lockdown, business owners and their workforce are experiencing the devastating economic impact of the crisis. With no end in sight, many of these businesses will sadly not survive the lockdown...

By Jean-Paul Rudd, Issued by Adams & Adams 6 Jul 2020

Labour and employment: rebuilding and restructuring post lockdown

With the easing of the nationwide lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic through the Government's "Risk Adjusted Strategy" (comprising of five lockdown levels), more and more business can lawfully operate again. The unfortunate reality, however, is that environment within which businesses will now operate is vastly different to that which existed prior to the lockdown...

By Jacques van Wyk, Andre van Heerden and Michiel Heyns 26 Jun 2020

Innovative protocol developed for virtual arbitration hearings in Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the way in which disputes are being resolved around the world. In most countries, courts and arbitral bodies have been forced to take measures to prevent or limit the spread of Covid-19. This has included encouraging parties to make use of virtual hearings where possible...

By Jackie Lafleur 25 Jun 2020

86 workers claim "unfair" suspension for absence after colleagues test positive for Covid-19

New Era says refusal to work constituted an unprotected strike by workers...

By Zoë Postman 25 Jun 2020

Conflicting judgments on 'no work no pay' cases

The Johannesburg High Court recently found in the matter of Mhlonipheni v Mezepoli Melrose Arch and Others (2020) that employees (in this case, employed by the Mezepoli and Plaka chain of restaurants) were able to tender their services during Level 4 and 5 of the National Lockdown...

By Bradley Workman-Davies 19 Jun 2020

Latest changes to the Covid-19 OHS directive and what they mean for employers

On 4 June 2020, Government repealed the Covid-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces (OHS Directive) and replaced it with the Consolidated Covid-19 Direction on Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Consolidated Directive) which, while largely similar to the former OHS Directive, is materially different in certain respects...

By Jaime Myhill 18 Jun 2020

Alternatives to dismissal - contemplating retrenchments post Covid-19

The issue of when an employer should explore alternatives to retrenchment has never been more relevant than now, as businesses begin to respond to the impacts of Covid-19 on their operations...

By Johan Botes 15 Jun 2020

Balancing employee religious rights and the need for protective equipment

The coronavirus pandemic has brought to the fore the rights of an employer to insist on the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE). However, there may be instances where employees are unable or unwilling to wear the prescribed PPE, as doing so would go against their religious beliefs...

By Laura Macfarlane and Frances Barker 11 Jun 2020

What to do if an employee contracts Covid-19 and has been in the workplace...

The Department of Employment and Labour issued directions in late April 2020 on the measures an employer would need to take to provide its employees with safety measures to protect against the risk of Covid-19 exposure...

By Bradley Workman-Davies 8 Jun 2020

South Africa: regulating no-poach agreements during the Covid-19 pandemic

Employers invest considerable amounts of time and resources into sourcing and upskilling talented human capital; however, they are still exposed to the risk of losing their human capital to competitors. To manage this, certain employers have implemented no-poach agreements or clauses...

By Lerisha Naidu and Thato Mkhize 5 Jun 2020

Can you use Zoom for retrenchment consultations?

In Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) v South African Breweries (SAB), the Labour Court ruled on the issue of the utilisation of Zoom or other similar facilities for retrenchment consultations...

By Jonathan Goldberg and Grant Wilkinson 2 Jun 2020

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