Dismissal

Sour Lessons from the “Lemon Juice” Case: How to Sweeten Fair Dismissal Practices for Employers

The Labour Court of South Africa recently delivered an interesting judgment on 29 April 2024, in the case of SACCAWU obo Dlamini v Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration and Others (JR2281/21) [2024] ZALCJHB 180 (29 April 2024). This case presents important lessons for employers regarding the fair treatment of employees during disciplinary processes and [...]

2024-06-14T10:28:36+02:00June 14th, 2024|Dismissal|Comments Off on Sour Lessons from the “Lemon Juice” Case: How to Sweeten Fair Dismissal Practices for Employers

Caught in Suspension. The dilemma of awarding performance bonuses when there are evaluation hurdles

In the recent case of Moraka / Road Accident Fund (2023), 32 CCMA 6.7.4 also reported at [2023] 7 BALR 786 (CCMA), it was determined that although the employee was suspended and their performance could not be evaluated, that did not mean they were automatically entitled to a performance bonus. The Applicant was a [...]

2023-07-24T11:15:15+02:00July 24th, 2023|Dismissal, General, Labour Relations Act|Comments Off on Caught in Suspension. The dilemma of awarding performance bonuses when there are evaluation hurdles

Understanding the Test for Constructive Dismissal in South African Labour Law

Constructive dismissal in South African labour law is not determined by whether an employee was forced to resign but by whether the working conditions were intolerable and unendurable. When an employee claims constructive dismissal or expresses that the future or continued working conditions are intolerable, it would be contradictory for that employee to desire [...]

2023-07-11T14:39:11+02:00July 11th, 2023|Dismissal, General, Labour Relations Act|Comments Off on Understanding the Test for Constructive Dismissal in South African Labour Law

Can you dismiss an Employee for failing a polygraph test?

Polygraph tests are often used by Employers when contemplating disciplinary action. However, the age-old questions must be asked, “Can an Employer dismiss an Employee solely for failing a polygraph test? Under what circumstances can it be used? And when can an Employer rely on the results of a polygraph test?” In answering these questions, it [...]

2023-07-11T14:41:29+02:00April 12th, 2023|Arbitration, Dismissal, Labour Relations Act|Comments Off on Can you dismiss an Employee for failing a polygraph test?

Refusal to work overtime does not amount to insubordination

At the core of any Employer-Employee relationship emanates a common law duty of an Employee to render services to an Employer; however, it happens every so often that the Employer will require the Employee to render services beyond their contractual hours, commonly known as “overtime”. Overtime is essentially an instruction that requires an agreement, an [...]

2023-07-11T14:41:32+02:00April 5th, 2023|Arbitration, Dismissal, Labour Relations Act|Comments Off on Refusal to work overtime does not amount to insubordination

Why consistency is key in dealing with workplace misconduct

A term often heard in the context of applying discipline in the workplace is the word "consistency" or its opposite, "inconsistency." The term “consistency” should be seen as "treating like with like" or "measuring all by the same standard". In other words, it would be unfair to treat people who have committed similar acts of [...]

2023-07-11T14:41:36+02:00March 29th, 2023|Arbitration, Dismissal, Labour Relations Act|Comments Off on Why consistency is key in dealing with workplace misconduct

Left high & dry!

Since the Constitutional Court’s judgement in Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others v Prince and Others 2018 (6) SA 393 (CC) declaring the decriminalisation of the use, possession and cultivation of cannabis by an adult in a private place for their personal consumption, there seems to be a high belief that employers can [...]

2023-03-01T14:55:27+02:00March 1st, 2023|Dismissal|Comments Off on Left high & dry!

Risk of a verbal dismissal and the denial thereof

Some employees and employers who are not affiliated with any labour consultancy, employer organisation or trade union may need to be better informed about the steps or processes that need to be followed when one of the parties wants to terminate the employment relationship. In some cases, employers may find themselves in situations where employees [...]

2023-05-18T12:44:41+02:00January 23rd, 2023|Dismissal, Theme|Comments Off on Risk of a verbal dismissal and the denial thereof

It’s all about the procedure followed – How failing to follow the correct procedure prior to dismissal may land an employer in hot water

A situation that many a naïve employer has sat with at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) or another relevant forum, is that of being confronted by a situation whereby they have dismissed an employee for legitimate and serious misconduct. Yet, they are informed by the relevant forum that they need to consider [...]

2023-01-12T13:54:11+02:00January 12th, 2023|Dismissal|Comments Off on It’s all about the procedure followed – How failing to follow the correct procedure prior to dismissal may land an employer in hot water

The Employer did not follow any procedure prior to the dismissal

The Guidelines on Misconduct proceedings, as published by the CCMA, set out the basic guidelines that employers must follow prior to dismissing an employee for misconduct. It states that where a workplace disciplinary procedure exists, a commissioner must have regard for that disciplinary procedure's existence and legal status. If there is no workplace procedure, the [...]

2022-12-06T13:21:21+02:00December 6th, 2022|Dismissal|Comments Off on The Employer did not follow any procedure prior to the dismissal
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