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Shop Stewards and Representation Rights: Labour Court Upholds Company Policy

Schedule 8(4)(2) of the Labour Relations Act, the Code of Good Practice, states that an employee can be represented by a fellow employee or a union representative during a disciplinary hearing. However, the question arises: What is the situation with representation if the employee is the union representative in the workplace or, more commonly known, [...]

2024-07-15T09:18:16+02:00July 15th, 2024|General|0 Comments

Zero-Tolerance – Problematic Clauses in Employment Contracts

Upon appointment in a new position in a business or organisation, employees are usually issued employment contracts that contain a myriad of clauses, terms, and conditions. One such clause which often gets overlooked is the “zero tolerance approach to alcohol use”. In practice, intoxication is interpreted to mean “being under the influence of alcohol to [...]

2024-07-15T09:05:25+02:00July 15th, 2024|Theme|0 Comments

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

How “Immediate” Can a Resignation Without Notice Be

The legalities behind resignations and notice periods have been a source of confusion for employers. Often, employers are unsure whether the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997 (BCEA) takes precedence over the explicit terms of a contract of employment. Employers may also be uncertain about the implications of a resignation letter with the [...]

2024-06-24T09:48:48+02:00June 20th, 2024|Resignation|Comments Off on How “Immediate” Can a Resignation Without Notice Be

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

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

Understanding Family Responsibility Leave

According to Section 27 of the BCEA, family responsibility leave is available to employees who have been with the same employer for more than four months and work more than four days per week. This leave can be taken when an employee's child is born, when the employee's child is sick, or in the event [...]

2024-06-14T10:12:04+02:00June 14th, 2024|Theme|Comments Off on Understanding Family Responsibility Leave

Future-Proofing the Workforce

There has been an undeniable shift in the use of technological advances in the workforce. Leveraging these advances has proven to be not only beneficial in performing tasks but absolutely crucial. Technological advances such as Artificial Intelligence ‘AI’ and automation have always reared themselves in the workplace, subtly and in mundane tasks. Automation and AI [...]

2024-06-10T10:58:28+02:00June 10th, 2024|Theme|1 Comment

The Importance of Employer Registration with Bargaining Councils

In South Africa, labour relations are intricately shaped by the presence and influence of bargaining councils. These councils are pivotal in specific industries, ensuring fair and standardised conditions of employment. For employers operating within such industries, particularly where bargaining council agreements have been extended to non-parties, registration with the relevant council is not just a [...]

2024-06-04T12:17:37+02:00June 3rd, 2024|General|Comments Off on The Importance of Employer Registration with Bargaining Councils
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