Is an employer authorised to extend the Probation Period of an employee as a result of COVID-19?

It is not unusual to find that a contract of employment includes a probation clause. New employees are typically employed on probation for a determinable period considering the nature and scope of the job. The purpose of this is to evaluate the employee’s performance. However, there are instances where probation may be interrupted or may [...]

July 9th, 2020|Latest News|

Road Freight and Logistic Industry Planned National Shutdown

Dear CEO Members   Please note that on the 07th of July 2020, the Department of Employment and Labour spokesperson Teboho Thejane issued a statement in that the National Joint Operational Structure (NatJoints), consisting of various government departments in the security cluster has issued directives to law enforcement role players, including the South African Police [...]

July 8th, 2020|Latest News|

Demotion as an alternative measure to retrenchment following the effects of COVID-19

Employers may find that they cannot carry the financial burden of retaining all of their staff compliment post lockdown as a result of the financial position they find themselves in. Many employers might be contemplating retrenchments and dreading the idea of losing any of their employees as a result of financial restraints.   In terms [...]

July 6th, 2020|Latest News|


Dear CEO Members   On the 02nd of July 2020, Makhosonke Buthelezi the Director of UIF Communication and Marketing indicated that the Unemployment Insurance Fund Commissioner Teboho Maruping stated that the Fund would continue to accept and process Covid-19 TERS claims submitted for April, May and June 2020 as per the directive issued by Employment [...]

July 3rd, 2020|Latest News|

Juggling the employees’ religious rights and the need for personal protective equipment

Due to the global pandemic of coronavirus, extra safety measures and regulations have been put in place to curb the rising infection rate. These safety regulations have become imperative not only to our daily lives but for the health and safety plans employers are required to implement in terms of the occupational health and safety [...]

July 1st, 2020|Latest News|

The UIF will not pay out after June

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is committed to pay millions of workers their relief payments under the COVID-19 TERS until the end of June, 2020.   UIF states that they remain committed to paying the TERS Benefits till June 2020 as per the initial Directive of 26 March 2020. The benefits will continue to be [...]

July 1st, 2020|Latest News|

Tourism, Restaurants Back in Action

On 28 June 2020, the Directions on the Risk Adjusted Strategy for Tourism Facilities, Services and Products was Gazetted.   The said Directions cover the following tourism sectors:- Restaurants, fast food outlets and coffee shops; Lodges, bed and breakfasts, time-share facilities and resorts and guest houses; Self-drive Excursions; Conference and meeting venues; and Casinos   [...]

June 30th, 2020|Latest News|

SANTACO shut down and the rights of Employers regarding absenteeism

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that affects everyone and has severe financial implications for every industry all over South-Africa. Both employers and employees are affected by these implications. On Sunday the 21st of June 2020, the South-African National Taxi Council (Santaco) confirmed its plans to shut down operations on [...]

June 29th, 2020|General, Latest News|

Amendments to Current Regulations: These activities will be allowed again….

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has issued Government Gazette Number 43476 on 26 June 2020 in terms of Regulation 27(2) of the Disaster Management act, 2002 (act no. 57 of 2002).   The Directive issued addresses amongst other things, amendments made with regards to gatherings (regulation 37) and Sporting & leisure ( 39) during the “advanced” [...]

June 26th, 2020|Latest News|
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