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Increase in the National Minimum Wage effective 1 March 2024

On 1 February 2024, the Minister of Employment and Labour increased the national minimum wage by 8,5% from R25,42 to R27,58 for each ordinary hour worked from 1 March 2024. The increase will apply to most workers, including farm workers and domestic workers whose minimum wage has been aligned with the national minimum wage rates … Continue reading

Labour Court finds SAPS vicariously liable for false accusations of racism

A 10 January 2023 judgment in the Labour Court found the South African Police Services (SAPS) vicariously liable for racial harassment perpetrated against a colonel by two of her subordinate warrant officers. In March 2017, two warrant officers in response to corrective action by the colonel due to absenteeism, accused her of calling them by … Continue reading

Constitutional Court clarifies the use of replacement labour during strikes and lock-outs

On 18 April 2023, the Constitutional Court found that replacement labour may only be used for the duration of strike action and not during a lock-out, even in instances where a lock-out notice was delivered before the strike had ended. Following unsuccessful claims in both the Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court, the union applied … Continue reading

New Zealand court says Uber drivers are employees

In an October 2022 judgment, the New Zealand Employment Courts concluded that Uber drivers are employees who are entitled to the protection and benefits offered by their employment law. This decision will encourage voices advocating for the rights of Gig workers globally to be aligned with those of more traditional employees. The Gig economy refers … Continue reading
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