A quandary for employers: the unilateral changes to terms and conditions of employment

Business owners and managers, who comprise the ‘employer’ component of any workplace are often in the best position to make decisions to suit the profitability of the enterprise concerned.  Employers may want to change business operations regularly to ensure growth and sustainability.  In practice, organisational change goes against the grain of the terms and conditions [...]

July 19th, 2019|Contracts|

Die ware betekenis van artikel 198A(3)(b) van die wet op Arbeidsverhoudinge

Igna Klynsmith het op Maandag 24 Junie 2019 in Regsake op RSG, die onlangse uitspraak van die Konstitusionele Hof oor die implikasie van Artikel 198A (3)(b) van die Wet op Arbeidsverhoudinge, bespreek. Wanneer kan ‘n werker wat tydelik deur ‘n arbeidsmakelaar by ‘n werkgewer geplaas is, aanspraak maak op status as permanente werknemer?   Op [...]

July 5th, 2019|Labour Relations Act|

An employee’s entitlement to Severance pay

The question of whether an employee is entitled to severance pay usually arises once a retrenchment has been concluded and there is a dispute referred to the CCMA or a Bargaining Council. An arbitrator dealing with this dispute may only decide whether the employee is entitled to the severance pay, which is a statutory entitlement. [...]

June 27th, 2019|General|

An Employer’s duty in intimidation disputes

Intimidation can be defined as making one fearful or to put fear into a person and has been found to include things such as verbal threats and aggressive and threatening body language. Proof of actual fear is not required in order to establish intimidation as intimidation may be inferred from one’s words or conduct.   In the [...]

June 21st, 2019|General|

Is Retirement age a barrier to Reinstatement?

Reinstatement is the primary remedy under the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and involves placing an employee back into the position they would have occupied before their dismissal.   Is reinstatement the correct remedy when an employee has passed the retirement age? This question was answered in the Labour Court in Samuel v Old Mutual Bank [...]

June 14th, 2019|General|

The Right to Picket

In the past, once parties reached a deadlock at the CCMA in terms of a section 64 dispute, a certificate to go on strike was issued.  Either party to the dispute would have to refer a further dispute to the CCMA for assistance in establishing picketing rules.  This has now changed with the new amendments [...]

June 7th, 2019|General|

The de novo principle in Arbitration proceedings

Commissioners are entitled to conduct arbitration hearings in a manner that they consider appropriate in order to determine a dispute before them fairly and expeditiously.   Section 138 of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 stipulates that the commissioner can use his/her discretion as to the manner in which he/she would like to conduct [...]

May 24th, 2019|Arbitration|

What does current case law state regarding unfair suspension in terms of Section 186(2)(b) of the Labour Relations Act

Suspension in the workplace may be of two kinds, namely; suspension of an employee imposed as a precautionary measure pending disciplinary action or as a form of disciplinary penalty.   Section 186(2) of the Labour Relations Act states: “unfair labour practice means any unfair act or omission that arises between an employer and an employee. [...]

May 17th, 2019|Dismissal, General|