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National minimum wage bill will be signed into law by president Ramaphosa

Employment Law Consulting

by Miles Chennells December 2018   The National Minimum Wage Bill, 2017 (“the Bill”) has been signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Minimum Wage Act (“the Act”) will come into force on a date to be determined by the President by proclamation. Contrary to belief in certain quarters, the national minimum…

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Labour laws amendment bill signed into law by president Ramaphosa

Employment Law Consulting

The amendments introduce adoption leave, parental leave and commissioning parental leave   by Ali Ncume and Miles Chennells November 2018   On 23 November 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Labour Laws Amendment Bill into law. These amendments will give employees the right to take parental leave, adoption leave and commissioning parental leave, all of…

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No representations before suspension, says ConCourt

Long v South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd and Others [2018] ZACC 7   In its judgment in Long v South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd and Others [2018] ZACC 7, the ConCourt held that an employer is not required to give an employee an opportunity to make representations prior to the employee being suspended. The court…

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ConCourt Judgments in 2018 on race-related misconduct

Employment Law Consulting

The court’s decisions in Rustenburg Platinum Mine v SAEWA obo Bester and Others and Duncanmec (Pty) Ltd v Gaylard N.O. and Others set out principles on how employers are required to deal with race-related misconduct in the employment environment   by Miles Chennells February 2019   Rustenburg Platinum Mine v SAEWA obo Bester and Others…

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Employment Equity Amendment Bill

The Employment Equity Bill proposes a number of changes which seek to shape the employment equity landscape and will cause companies to have to change their practices significantly in certain respects   by Ali Ncume and Miles Chennells April 2019   The Employment Equity Amendment Bill, 2018 (“the Bill”) was published for public comment in…

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The deeming provision: Temporary employment services

GIWUSA obo Mgedezi and others v Swissport SA (Pty) Ltd and The Workforce Group (Pty) Ltd   Section 198A of the Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995 (as amended) (“LRA”), provides the following: (3) For the purposes of this Act, an employee – (a) performing temporary services as contemplated in subsection (1) for the client…

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Medical Certificates From Traditional Health Practitioners

Traditional healing

There has been an ongoing debate as to whether or not an employer should accept a traditional health practitioner’s certificate as proof of medical incapacity.  Central to this debate, is the wording of the BCEA, and the status and supporting structures of the Traditional Health Practitioners Act 22 of 2007 (“THPA”).  What follows below, is…

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Failure To Prosecute Reviews Timeously

Failure To Prosecute Reviews Timeously

Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd v CCMA & others [2015] ZACC 40 BACKGROUND Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (“Toyota”) employed Makoma Makhotla  in 2006. Makhotla failed to report for duty from 28 February to 3 March 2011. When it became evident that Makhotla would be unable to report for duty, he unsuccessfully attempted to locate…

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