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Discretionary Bonuses – Problematic Clauses in Employment Contracts

South African Labour Law does not provide for compulsory payment of bonuses unless the employer falls within the ambit of a specific Bargaining Council or if a particular company policy makes such a provision. Therefore, without a Policy or Bargaining Council regulating a particular industry, an employee has no automatic right to a bonus. The [...]

2024-07-08T11:14:19+02:00July 8th, 2024|Theme|Comments Off on Discretionary Bonuses – Problematic Clauses in Employment Contracts

Instructions to Work Overtime – Problematic Clauses in Employment Contracts

Working overtime is essential to an employer’s operational requirements in specific industries within our labour-sphere. If an employee refuses to work overtime when their employer requests it, it is necessary to consider the lawfulness and reasonableness of the instruction. Although the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997 (BCEA) regulates the payment for overtime [...]

2024-06-27T14:05:35+02:00June 27th, 2024|Theme|Comments Off on Instructions to Work Overtime – Problematic Clauses in Employment Contracts

To Bump or Not to Bump

Due to our prevalent economic challenges, the topic of retrenchment has become a regular discussion topic in South Africa. It is more significant for employers to thoroughly understand the retrenchment process and the options available for consideration when challenged with a decision to retrench as their last resort. During retrenchment consultations, the generally accepted fair [...]

2024-06-27T13:51:03+02:00June 27th, 2024|General|Comments Off on To Bump or Not to Bump

Deductions, the Age-Old Debate at the CCMA & Stipulations of the BCEA

The CCMA is often faced with matters where employees claim that their employer has made certain unlawful deductions from their salaries. This article seeks to unpack and clarify the current position in our law regarding deductions by an employer and the jurisdiction of the CCMA to hear such disputes. Until recently, the CCMA dealt with [...]

2024-06-20T14:17:20+02:00June 20th, 2024|General, Theme|Comments Off on Deductions, the Age-Old Debate at the CCMA & Stipulations of the BCEA

Balancing Flexibility and Stability

The origins of employment relationships derive from principles of Common Law and remain the basis of employment relationships in labour relations as they exist today.  Many of the provisions of the Common Law employment contract have subsequently been amended and regulated by adopting legislation that sought to remedy the inadequacies of the Common Law, such [...]

2024-06-04T09:22:42+02:00June 3rd, 2024|Theme|Comments Off on Balancing Flexibility and Stability

Beware! The Agents are coming!

Section 213 of the Labour Relations Act defines a collective agreement as: “A written agreement concerning terms and conditions of employment or any other matter of mutual interest concluded by one or more registered trade unions, on the one hand, and, on the other, had a) one or more employers; b) one or more registered [...]

2024-03-12T10:55:29+02:00March 4th, 2024|General|Comments Off on Beware! The Agents are coming!

Whose Mandate Is It Anyway?

Settlement agreements are an integral part of the dispute resolution process. Whenever there is a dispute, whether in the CCMA or internally in the workplace, the parties to the dispute are encouraged to settle disputes to avoid drawn-out and costly dispute processes. Parties can negotiate independently or get representatives to negotiate on their behalf. In [...]

2023-12-13T10:40:00+02:00December 13th, 2023|General|Comments Off on Whose Mandate Is It Anyway?

Why do employers fail to issue UIF documentation and service certificates to employees?

It frequently happens that employers are required to attend the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) under the auspices of referrals, such as Section 73A disputes, which can sometimes be quickly resolved by providing the employee with their UI19 documents and certificate of service. These issues can be very inconvenient for an employer as [...]

2023-05-18T12:40:38+02:00February 20th, 2023|General, Theme|Comments Off on Why do employers fail to issue UIF documentation and service certificates to employees?

Unlawful deductions when employees are dismissed

Upon termination of the employment relationship between an employer and an employee, a final payslip will be issued to the employee, which may indicate certain deductions. These deductions are often met with dissatisfaction and misunderstanding from employees who tend to seek some form of relief. Although certain deductions to an employee’s salary are permitted, employers [...]

2023-05-18T12:41:56+02:00February 9th, 2023|General, Theme|Comments Off on Unlawful deductions when employees are dismissed

What statutory monies does an employer owe an employee upon dismissal?

There is a common misconception that when an employee is dismissed due to misconduct, the employee has no entitlement to any statutory monies. This misconception, however, needs to be corrected. Section 73A(1) of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) determines that: “Despite Section 77, any employee or worker, as defined in Section 1 of the National [...]

2023-05-18T12:43:05+02:00February 6th, 2023|General, Theme|Comments Off on What statutory monies does an employer owe an employee upon dismissal?
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