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UIF scrutinising suspicious relief claims
UIF scrutinising suspicious relief claims

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has assured Parliament that the department is conducting the requisite due diligence as it disburses Covid-19 TERS Benefits to avoid processing fraudulent claims.

22 May 2020

Numsa vs SAA - death knell to successful business rescue?
Numsa vs SAA - death knell to successful business rescue?

On Friday, 8 May 2020, the Labour Court upheld an urgent application by Numsa and the SA Cabin Crew Association (the Unions) against South African Airways (SAA) and its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) and ordered that it was procedurally unfair to retrench employees before a business rescue plan contemplating such retrenchments was published and adopted...

By Wessel Badenhorst and Chris Rey 11 May 2020

Further tax measures to combat impact of Covid-19
Further tax measures to combat impact of Covid-19

As part of the second phase economic response to the Covid-19 pandemic, National Treasury has published another draft bill to formalise the tax relief measures available to small businesses. The draft legislation aims to clarify several matters which were previously the subject of uncertainty and introduces additional tax measures...

By Juanita van der Merwe 8 May 2020

Workers from Kinross Gold Mine, South Africa. Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images
Health and safety in the spotlight as South Africa's miners go back to work

South Africa was put under strict social and economic lockdown on 26 March. By the end of April the government announced that it was easing some of the restrictions. This included allowing certain key sectors to begin operations once again. One of them was mining...

By Nancy Coulson & Nicola Christofides 7 May 2020

Mining sector ordered to prepare safety standards
Mining sector ordered to prepare safety standards

The Labour Court has ordered employers in the mining industry to prepare and implement a code of practice for health and safety standards...

4 May 2020

Film and television production houses to resume operations
Film and television production houses to resume operations

Acting Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, Jackson Mthembu, has signed and gazetted directions on the Risk-Adjusted Strategy for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector...

4 May 2020

Planning for a safe return to work, all risks considered
Planning for a safe return to work, all risks considered

Government's implementation of a risk-adjusted strategy in easing the nationwide lockdown entails the use of a system of alert levels applicable nationally and provincially. The alert levels are as follows:

By Kate Collier, Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Kirsten Eiser, Shane Johnson, Bianca Viljoen, and Zipho Tile 30 Apr 2020

How to calculate employees Covid-19 UIF TERS benefit payout
How to calculate employees Covid-19 UIF TERS benefit payout

How do we calculate the benefits payable to employers, on behalf of their employees, in terms of the Covid-19 TERS...?

By Andre van Heerden, Jacques van Wyk, and Bradley Workman-Davies 30 Apr 2020

Update to UIF TERS benefits regarding forced annual leave
Update to UIF TERS benefits regarding forced annual leave

The Department of Employment and Labour late last week announced an amendment to the Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) will be of great importance to any employer which has required employees to take compulsory annual leave during the national lockdown...

By Bradley Workman-Davies & Jacques van Wyk 20 Apr 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
South Africa's mining sector in lockdown & after Covid-19

With the Covid-19 lockdown in full effect until the end of April, and the potential for yet another extension still looming, South Africa's mines have scaled down operations massively...

By Lizle Louw, Nirvasha Singh, Garyn Rapson, Kate Collier, Merlita Kennedy & Rita Spalding 15 Apr 2020

Covid-19: Textile industry agrees on temporary relief for employees
Covid-19: Textile industry agrees on temporary relief for employees

Regulations giving effect to the government's commitment to assist ailing industries and workers through the Unemployment Insurance Fund are being gazetted...

By Tania Broughton 8 Apr 2020

Covid-19: What are your rights as an employee?
Covid-19: What are your rights as an employee?

With the implementation of the national lockdown by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 26 March, there has been understandable confusion...

By Shane Johnson and Samantha Robb 8 Apr 2020

The Bizcommunity: Not taking lockdown lying down
The Bizcommunity: Not taking lockdown lying down

In true South African spirit, even in times of adversity, daily stories of generosity and ingenuity abound. Never have we been more proud of how business communities are using our publishing platforms than since the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 6 Apr 2020

While the courts are open, you can only access them if you meet certain criteria. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks
Covid-19: How the courts work during lockdown

The courts and the legal system are an essential service, and are continuing to operate during the lockdown...

By Alison Tilley 2 Apr 2020

Nxesi urges employers to comply with labour law during lockdown
Nxesi urges employers to comply with labour law during lockdown

Addressing reporters during a social cluster press briefing on Tuesday, 31 March, the minister revealed that some employers were still not adhering to the relevant laws...

1 Apr 2020

Source: Roadcover
Performing an essential service requires a permit

People performing essential services must carry permit according to the regulations governing South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown...

27 Mar 2020

Demotion as an alternative to retrenchment during Covid-19 outbreak
Demotion as an alternative to retrenchment during Covid-19 outbreak

As a consequence of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, there are a number of labour law considerations that South African businesses will have to consider...

By Kayla Shadiack 25 Mar 2020

Unpacking the UIF Benefit in response to Covid-19
Unpacking the UIF Benefit in response to Covid-19

In the wake of the announcement of the national shutdown, the Minister of Employment and Labour has announced the introduction of measures in response to coronavirus (Covid-19) and its impact on UIF contributors...

By Jean Ewang 25 Mar 2020

B-BBEE Commission welcomes court decision on fronting
B-BBEE Commission welcomes court decision on fronting

The Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission has welcomed a court decision to dismiss an application that would see it not performing its functions...

24 Mar 2020

Q&A - pressing issues employers are addressing in light of the coronavirus outbreak
Q&A - pressing issues employers are addressing in light of the coronavirus outbreak

Johan Botes, partner and head of the Employment & Compensation Practice at Baker McKenzie Johannesburg, addresses a series of questions many South African employees and employers are asking amid the the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak...

By Johan Botes 19 Mar 2020

Ergonomics Regulations launched
Ergonomics Regulations launched

Employers have a duty and responsibility to prevent occupational diseases and injuries relating to exposure to ergonomic hazards in their workplaces...

11 Mar 2020

Technical recession puts further pressure on employment
Technical recession puts further pressure on employment

Having recently slipped into a technical recession, the South African economy continues to experience dangerously low levels of economic growth, which does not bode well for national employment figures...

10 Mar 2020

Implications of coronavirus for SA employers
Implications of coronavirus for SA employers

Following confirmation of SA's first case of the coronavirus (Covid-19), there is a strong likelihood that there will be other cases of Covid-19 across the country. Naturally, employers will need to bear in mind various employment and health and safety considerations to manage the risk of Covid-19 in the workplace...

By Johan Olivier, Kate Collier, Lizle Louw, and Shane Johnson 9 Mar 2020

You can leave, just not right now...
You can leave, just not right now...

An employee is entitled, at any time in an employment relationship, to resign and walk away from his employer...

By Bradley Workman-Davies 6 Mar 2020

Current collective agreement for firefighters still binding
Current collective agreement for firefighters still binding

The Labour Court has ruled that the 24-hour shift agreement and standby allowance afforded to Cape Town firefighters is valid and binding until such time as a new collective agreement has been concluded by all parties involved...

4 Mar 2020

Government to launch minimum wage compliance hotline
Government to launch minimum wage compliance hotline

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi will on Thursday launch a new hotline that will allow workers to report cases of non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW), at no cost to them...

2 Mar 2020

South Africa's spaza shops: how regulatory avoidance harms informal workers
South Africa's spaza shops: how regulatory avoidance harms informal workers

Small informal retailers are a ubiquitous feature of any developing country's urban landscape. Known as spaza shops in SA, they are an important component in the townships...

By Andries du Toit 26 Feb 2020

Spar franchisee ordered to pay workers millions
Spar franchisee ordered to pay workers millions

A Spar franchisee has been ordered to pay millions of rands to workers for unlawful deductions on earnings, as well as non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW), said the Department of Employment and Labour...

25 Feb 2020

Government announces new National Minimum Wage rate
Government announces new National Minimum Wage rate

The Department of Employment and Labour says the new rate for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for each ordinary hour worked will now be R20.76...

24 Feb 2020

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