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Are SA employers allowed to implement a compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy? (Part 1)

South Africa is now deeply within its second wave of Covid-19 infections, which appears to be significantly more widespread than that which prevailed during early to mid-2020. Since then, and in response to the pandemic, global efforts have successfully developed both expedited means of testing for the virus and, more recently, vaccines...

By Jason Whyte 2 days ago

Dismissed without an enquiry? When is it legal...

Labour relations and the fairness standards for dismissal of an employee in South Africa have long been centred around the formality of disciplinary or incapacity enquiry processes, and the tradition of the usage of these processes has built up an expectation that they are mandatory...

By Bradley Workman-Davies 13 Jan 2021

How to manage retrenchments in turbulent times

During the lockdown period from May to June 2020, the CCMA received 28,000 retrenchment cases. While we can expect these numbers to drop with the easing of lockdown regulations, it is imperative that organisations clearly understand the retrenchment procedure and how to ensure both employee and business are protected...

11 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: The post-pandemic workplace - a look at key trends

Putting the brakes on business travel and physical offices due to tech transformation...

By Johan Botes 11 Jan 2021

The court is a guardian, not a nanny

The Broadcasting Electronic Media and Allied Workers' Union (Bemawu) recently launched an urgent application in the Labour Court interdicting the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SOC) Ltd (SABC) from proceeding with retrenchment processes and forcing the SABC to adhere to fair consultation processes [Bemawu & Others v SABC & Others, in the Labour Court of South Africa, Johannesburg, Case Number J1199/20].

By Lloyd Abraham and Toka Moiloa 18 Dec 2020

Resigning to avoid disciplinary action? Not so fast...

A common occurrence in the employment relationship is for an employee to resign in the face of disciplinary action by an employer, and South African courts have previously accepted that as long as an employee resigns with immediate effect, the employer has no power to compel the former employee to go through any disciplinary process...

By Bradley Workman-Davies and Neo Sewela 15 Dec 2020

Recommended national minimum wage increase

The National Minimum Wage Commission recently published a report with recommendations on the annual review of the national minimum wage for 2021. This is in line with the Commission's overall mandate under section 6 of the National Minimum Wage Act 9 of 2018 (NMWA)...

By Kirsten Eiser and Shane Johnson 14 Dec 2020

#BestofBiz 2020: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2020 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Legal site over the past year below...

14 Dec 2020

It's leave, Karen, not a savings plan

Whenever an employee's services are terminated, or an annual leave cycle ends, there will be at least two people arguing about whether the employee's old, untaken annual leave could be accumulated and paid out...

By Johan Botes 10 Dec 2020

New members appointed to Commission for Employment Equity

Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi, has announced the appointment of new members to the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE)...

9 Dec 2020

Are restraint of trade clauses enforceable if you've been retrenched?

The scramble for jobs has never been more intense, and one significant clause in many an employment contract is frequently causing a few brows to lower...

8 Dec 2020

SAA unions urged to accept final settlement offer

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has urged South African Airways labour unions to cooperate with the finalisation of the business rescue process, which includes the full and final settlement of deferred employee salaries...

8 Dec 2020

Horse grooms can claim UIF, rules CCMA

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has ruled that a group of former Dippin Blu Racing horse groomers from Port Elizabeth are entitled to claim unemployment benefits...

By Mkhuseli Sizani 1 Dec 2020

Tackling your B-BBEE in 2021 - 4 tips to doing more with less

Many companies were hoping for a B-BBEE break in 2020 as businesses and bottom lines struggled with the burden of Covid-19. Unfortunately, this was not to be the case - and nor will it be in 2021...

By Angie Lanham-Love 27 Nov 2020



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