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New leave laws may increase mine employee costs
New leave laws may increase mine employee costs

The implementation of the Labour Laws Amendment Act from 1 January 2020 is welcome from an equality perspective but may have cost implications for mining companies...

By Lizle Louw 7 Feb 2020

Sexual offences courts' regulations finally gazetted
Sexual offences courts' regulations finally gazetted

The long awaited regulations for sexual offences courts were signed and will be gazetted this week. On Thursday, Advocate Praise Kambula from the department confirmed that the regulations had been signed but said they were yet to set a date for implementation...

By Barbara Maregele 6 Feb 2020

Myrna Sachs
What you need to know about sick notes

The validity of sick notes has come under the spotlight this week, but it is not a new issue, rather one which employers have been grappling with for a long time...

By Myrna Sachs 6 Feb 2020

High Court hands down groundbreaking judgment on the right to basic education
High Court hands down groundbreaking judgment on the right to basic education

The Eastern Cape Division of the High Court in Grahamstown recently handed down a groundbreaking judgment upholding the right to education of undocumented children...

By Jacquie Cassette and Tricia Erasmus 6 Feb 2020

Joint hearing into Life Esidimeni to be conducted
Joint hearing into Life Esidimeni to be conducted

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has agreed to the National Prosecuting Authority's request that a joint hearing be conducted into the Life Esidimeni deaths...

6 Feb 2020

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Many countries regulate e-cigarettes. South Africa should too

Opinions differ on how to regulate electronic cigarettes. But dozens of countries are taking action. In Africa, Kenya already taxes these products, and South Africa is preparing to follow...

By Laura Rossouw 6 Feb 2020

#UniteBehind takes Minister of Transport to court over Prasa
#UniteBehind takes Minister of Transport to court over Prasa

Commuter activist group #UniteBehind has lodged a court application which aims to overturn the Minister of Transport's decision to appoint Bongisizwe Mpondo as the Administrator of the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (Prasa). The application was submitted to the Western Cape High Court on 4 February...

5 Feb 2020

New parental leave laws and UIF benefits: dispelling the confusion
New parental leave laws and UIF benefits: dispelling the confusion

Following a period of legal limbo, the government notified employers that the parental leave laws that were promulgated in November 2018 would take effect from 1 January 2020...

By Rob Cooper 5 Feb 2020

Carbon tax is unavoidable, time to turn to analytics tools
Carbon tax is unavoidable, time to turn to analytics tools

As the 14th largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, South Africa has a pressing responsibility to drive a positive response to climate change...

5 Feb 2020

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Business Creative Report for 2019 released

AdForum has released the third edition of the Business Creative Report: the most awarded campaigns, agencies and brands by business sector...

5 Feb 2020

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Alcohol industry places its own restrictions on its advertising

The alcohol industry in SA has put together a marketing code which voluntarily restricts the way they advertise their products to the public...

5 Feb 2020

SIU investigation leads to closure of Master's Offices
SIU investigation leads to closure of Master's Offices

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola on Monday announced a countrywide shutdown of the Master's Offices...

4 Feb 2020

SA wins International School Moot Court Competition
SA wins International School Moot Court Competition

South Africa's team of eight students have won the 5th International School Moot Court Competition, which concluded in Gdynia in Poland on Friday, 31 January 2020...

3 Feb 2020

What you should know about the proposed Employment Tax Incentive amendments
What you should know about the proposed Employment Tax Incentive amendments

On Tuesday 26 November 2019, a number of tax-related bills were passed by the National Assembly and are currently being deliberated by the National Council of Provinces...

3 Feb 2020

Higher degree of care required when dealing with children
Higher degree of care required when dealing with children

The tragic death of 13-year-old, Enoch Mpianzi from Parktown Boys' High School who drowned at a school orientation camp in the North West on 15 January 2020 has yet again brought into the spotlight the duty of those responsible for children and the standard of care required when dealing with children...

By Sandra Sithole 31 Jan 2020

Constitution Amendment Bill submissions extended
Constitution Amendment Bill submissions extended

The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution has extended the deadline for written submissions on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill...

31 Jan 2020

How will Brexit affect your trade mark in the UK?
How will Brexit affect your trade mark in the UK?

The UK parliament has now ratified the EU Withdrawal Agreement that will enable the UK to formally "leave" the EU on 31 January 2020. This date will mark the beginning of an 11 month transition period, with the true exit date currently set as 31 December 2020 (Exit Day)...

By Ghadieja Khan, Leanne Mostert, Bernadette Versfeld and Carla Collett 30 Jan 2020

Contractors beware of new clauses in road tender deals
Contractors beware of new clauses in road tender deals

Sanral's recent tenders for the upgrades to the N2/N3 are worth millions, which is is great news for contractors in a sector that is in slump. But, law specialists warn that amendments to Sanral's standard contract make it much more difficult for contractors to deal with disruptions...

30 Jan 2020

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Communities want fairer say in mining laws

Late last year, just before the December shut down period, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy released two important draft pieces of legislation for public comment...

30 Jan 2020

Manisha Chiman, executive head: liability underwriting, SHA Risk Specialists.
The painful reality of slip-and-trip insurance claims

The growing liability risks faced by South African businesses was once again highlighted by the R7.1m claim filed against Woolworths by a customer who stumbled and fell over a packing crate...

By Manisha Chiman 29 Jan 2020

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Deadline to comment on land reform approaches

Interested parties have until Friday to comment on legislation amending Section 25 of the Constitution...

29 Jan 2020

UN ruling could be a game-changer for climate refugees and climate action
UN ruling could be a game-changer for climate refugees and climate action

The recent ruling by the United Nations that governments cannot return people to countries where their lives might be threatened by climate change is a potential game-changer...

By Yvonne Su 29 Jan 2020

West Coast property owners could be ordered to demolish their houses
West Coast property owners could be ordered to demolish their houses

Five Elands Bay beach property owners have been served warning notices by the Western Cape's environmental authorities for allegedly illegally building houses and other structures within the protected coastal zone...

By John Yeld 29 Jan 2020

Education Minister engages stakeholders on BELA Bill
Education Minister engages stakeholders on BELA Bill

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is this week meeting stakeholders to discuss progress on work being done on the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill...

28 Jan 2020

ConCourt rules on procedural fairness of minority union retrenchments without consultation
ConCourt rules on procedural fairness of minority union retrenchments without consultation

On Thursday, the Constitutional Court delivered judgment in the case of Association of Mine Workers and Construction Union and Others v Royal Bafokeng Platinum Mine Limited and Others. In this matter, the constitutionality of Section 189(1) of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) was debated...

27 Jan 2020

The dismissal of a chief executive is seldom given such publicity as has happened in the case of Old Mutual. Shutterstock
When a company falls out with its CEO: lessons from South Africa's Old Mutual

A legal battle between Old Mutual, the South African-based pan-African investment, savings and insurance group, and its chief executive officer Peter Moyo has dominated news headlines in the country for the past eight months...

By Rehana Cassim 27 Jan 2020

Employee rights proposed for film and TV industry workers
Employee rights proposed for film and TV industry workers

On 11 December 2019, the Minister of Labour in South Africa issued a notice calling for interested parties to make submissions on his proposal to deem persons in the film and television industry as employees for the purpose of selected portions of South Africa's employment law...

By Johan Botes 24 Jan 2020

Leanne Mostert, partner, Webber Wentzel
6 things every miner ought to know about AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers prospecting and mining operations a greater ability to target likely mineral deposits, plan new mine developments in difficult terrain, control autonomous vehicles and improve recovery rates from diamond sorting or other minerals processing...

By Leanne Mostert 24 Jan 2020

Choosing the correct legal status of a business
Choosing the correct legal status of a business

Entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses are urged to carefully consider the legal status and type of business being registered...

24 Jan 2020

Contract termination vs employee dismissal - how are they interrelated?
Contract termination vs employee dismissal - how are they interrelated?

A recent case decided by the South African High Court has examined the curious interplay of an employee's rights as they arise from both the written contract of employment and, at the same time, labour legislation. Although the judgment may at first seem confusing, a careful analysis of its outcome sheds light on how these parallel sources of the parties' rights and obligations operate in conjunction.

By Bradley Workman-Davies 23 Jan 2020

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