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 […]

What Does The Law Say About Employees Returning To The Office?

As the COVID-19 pandemic lifts, normality slowly returns to SA inclusive of employees returning to the office. While some employees enjoyed remote working but want to return to the office, others have become accustomed to either solely remote working or a hybrid thereof, i.e. working from home and the office. While these working premises changes […]