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THE WORKPLACE RIGHTS OF CANNABIS USERS CONFIRMED

THE WORKPLACE RIGHTS OF CANNABIS USERS CONFIRMED IN ENVER V BARLOWORLD EQUIPMENT SOUTH AFRICA, A DIVISION OF BARLOWORLD SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD (JA86/22) [2024] ZALAC 12 (23 APRIL 2024). The Labour Appeal Court (“LAC”) in Enver v Barloworld Equipment South Africa, A Division of Barloworld South Africa (Pty) Ltd (JA86/22) [2024] ZALAC 12 (23 April […]

National Minimum Wage increases by R2,16 for each ordinary hour worked

As you may be aware, with effect from 01 March 2024, the National Minimum Wage (“NMW”) was increased from R 25.42 to R 27.58 for each ordinary hour worked. This increase is applicable to farm workers and domestic workers, and where an employee, other than an employee employed on an expanded public works programme or a learnership programme […]

THE IMPLICATIONS OF CV FRAUD: DON’T FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT

As a new financial year commences, many businesses are recruiting and onboarding new talent to join their workforce. If recent events have taught us anything, it’s that fraud, particularly CV fraud is on the rise. Providing false information and/or making overstatements on a CV has not only become a popular trend amongst job seekers, but […]

The South African Gig Economy: Challenges and Opportunities

The dynamics of the South African labour market has overwhelmingly changed in recent years. This has largely contributed to technological advancements, high rates of unemployment and an overall dissatisfaction with workplace cultures, to name a few. While gig work is no new phenomenon, more South Africans are opting out of standard and traditional forms of […]

THE RISKS OF CASTING INCAPACITY AS MISCONDUCT

Turner // Environ Skincare (Pty) Ltd (2023) CCMA Arbitration Award Often employers misdiagnose poor performance as misconduct. While both instances require a process to be followed before dismissing an employee, these processes are different in nature, and if misconstrued, it could result in the employee being subjected to an unfair process. In the aforementioned case, […]

PROVING A REASONABLE EXPECTATION OF FIXED-TERM CONTRACT RENEWAL

Majambe // University of South Africa [2023] 7 BALR 770 (CCMA) The reason and manner in which fixed-term contracts are terminated is an issue that is frequently decided by our courts and other dispute resolution forums, this too is the case with indefinite employment contracts of course. Fixed-term contracts are employment contracts wherein the parties […]

OBJECTIVELY DETERMINING WHEN A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT IS CREATED

Makuleni v Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd and Others (JA125-2021) [2023] ZALAC 4 A hostile work environment is defined in the Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Harassment in the Workplace, 2022 (“CODE”) as a work environment where conduct related to a prohibited ground impacts the dignity of one or […]

RELEASE FROM RESTRAINTS OF TRADE UNDER FULL AND FINAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS

Wheelwright // CP de Leeuw Johannesburg (Pty) Ltd [2023] 5 BLLR 393 (LAC) The Constitutional Court has determined that full and final settlement clauses, when concluded in the correct circumstances, are lawful and binding. While such full and final clauses may be useful, it must be kept in mind that these clauses must be drafted […]