THE RISE OF FRAUDULENT MEDICAL CERTIFICATES – WHEN MAY AN EMPLOYEE BE DISMISSED?

Fraudulent medical certificates are no new phenomenon within the workplace. The Labour Appeal Court (“LAC”) recently addressed the issue of employees allegedly furnishing fraudulent medical certificates to their employers in the judgments of Sibanye Rustenburg Platinum Mine v Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union obo Sono and Others (JA32-2022) [2024] ZALAC 23 (2 May 2024) […]

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN EMPLOYING FOREIGN NATIONALS

The devastating building collapse which occurred in George, Western Cape on 6 May 2024 has become a topic of conversation on local and international news outlets, social media platforms, and households across the country. Although there were several questions raised about the cause of the incident, significantly more were raised about the hiring of foreign […]

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 […]

a case for private dispute resolution in the workplace

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (“the CCMA”) continues to do admirable work within the employment landscape. However, COVID, significant budget cuts and increasing demands on a dispute resolution body that is required to service thousands of employers and employees annually have taken a toll on its ability to operate as effectively and efficiently […]

Director of Justine Del Monte & Associates Inc., Justine has joined forces with Sigi Prinsloo for B-BBEE compliance processes

We have received a few queries about B-BBEE compliance and are looking at expanding our service offering. Director of Justine Del Monte & Associates Inc., Justine has joined forces with Sigi Prinsloo, who will be the firm’s go-to for B-BBEE compliance processes. Sigi Prinsloo studied law (BComm LLB) at Stellenbosch University, and Bucerius Law School […]

WORKER’S RIGHTS IN SOUTH AFRICA: AN OVERVIEW OF TRADE UNIONS

Trade unions also referred to as ‘organised labour’ or ‘bargaining agents’ play a fundamental role in the South African economy and society at large. In addition, they have substantially influenced the landscape of employment law in South Africa. This is evident in the inclusion of workers’ rights in section 23 (2) of the Constitution of […]

IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS TO THE EMPLOYMENT EQUITY ACT AND THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THESE ON EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES

Dear Clients, We are sure that by now you have heard about the passing of the Employment Equity Amendment Act 4 of 2022 (“Act”) as well as the Draft Employment Equity Regulations 2023 (“Regulations”) which lay open for public comment. If you have not, do not fear, we will briefly unpack the Act and Regulations […]

AN EMPLOYER’S RIGHTS WHEN EMPLOYEES ARE FOUND TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS OR INTOXICATED WHILE ON DUTY

NUMSA obo Nhlabathi and 1 Other v PFG Building Glass PTY Ltd JR 1826 -2020 2022 ZALCJHB 292 This case concerns an employer’s zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol which resulted in the dismissal of employees who tested positive for cannabis while on duty.  The Applicants were employed by the Respondent (PFG Building Glass (Pty) […]

Does working beyond an agreed retirement age create a new employment agreement or contract?

This contentious issue was the focus of an appeal before the Labour Appeal Court (“LAC”) in the case of Motor Industry Staff Association and Another v Great South Autobody CC t/a Great South Panel Beaters (JA68/2021) [2022] ZALAC 103.  The second Appellant, Mr. Landman, appealed the decision of the Labour Court (“LC”) which dismissed his […]

THE COMMON PURPOSE DOCTRINE NUMSA obo Aubrey Dhludhlu & 147 others // Marley Pipe Systems (SA)(Pty) Limited [2022] ZACC 30

The Doctrine of Common Purpose is derived from criminal law principles. In essence, the Doctrine “ … imputes liability for an act of the perpetrator of a criminal act to those who associate themselves with the act before or during its commission.”.  As the implications of such imputed liability may seriously affect another individual’s rights, […]

Company Policies on Employees Accepting Gifts

Many employers implement restrictions on the acceptance of any gifts or favours from third parties such as clients or suppliers. It is not uncommon for these restrictions to be contained in disciplinary codes which prescribe general workplace conduct. Depending on the sector and nature of the work, the enforcement of these rules may vary and […]

COULD A POLICY, APPLICABLE TO ALL EMPLOYEES, AMOUNT TO DISCRIMINATION?

Bernadette Enever // Barloworld Equipment, a division of Barloworld South Africa (Pty) Ltd [2022] (LC) On whom does the onus rest and what are the requirements necessary to prove that unfair discrimination took place in the workplace? This query was addressed in the aforementioned case. The Applicant was employed during April 2007 and dismissed on […]

DOES WITHDRAWAL OF A RESIGNATION NEED TO BE APPROVED BY AN EMPLOYER?

Monareng Jeffery Mohlwaadibona // Dr JS Moroka Municipality [2022] LC While resignation is an employee’s unilateral act, the withdrawal thereof is not. Resignation withdrawals must (i) be within the currency of the notice period and (ii) accepted by an employer before it may be considered valid and enforceable. In the abovementioned case, the Labour Court […]

comparative piece: the effect of workplace vaccination policies on employment

Since the arrival of Covid-19 employers have shifted towards implementing mandatory vaccination policies in their respective workplaces. This is primarily due to their operational requirements and obligations in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993. Workplace vaccination policies, whether mandatory or otherwise, have been the focus in various disputes before the […]

An employee’s duty of good faith towards their employer when running “side-hustles”

Bakenrug Meat (Pty) Ltd t/a Joostenberg Meat // CCMA & 2 Others [2021] (LAC) In this day and age it is not uncommon for individuals to have full time employment and side-hustles. These side-hustles are often with a view to making extra money to substitute their permanent employment income. While this may not normally be […]

Tech Giant Huawei to Tread Lightly after Employment Equity and Immigration Violations

The Chinese ICT superpower, Huawei has found itself in quite the predicament with the Department of Employment and Labour (the Department) for not employing enough South African employees at their South African division.  In a statement issued by the Department on 11 February 2022, the Department confirmed that court action had been taken against Huawei […]