Tag archives: Employment law

Balancing employee religious rights and the need for protective equipment

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the rights of an employer to insist on the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) despite religious objections. For COVID-19 protection, such equipment may include masks, gloves, goggles, face shields, and other forms of protective gear. Ordinarily, the failure to adhere to an employers’ reasonable PPE requirements … Continue reading

e-Commerce directions: Key measures for retailers, customers and courier and delivery service personnel

From 14 May 2020, the sale of all goods on e-Commerce platforms, with the exception of alcohol and tobacco products, are allowed. However, in terms of the new Alert Level 4 e-Commerce directions, retailers, delivery services and customers are required to observe strict protocols at all stages of the transaction. Below are the key measures … Continue reading

Chief Inspector of Mining ordered to publish health and safety guidelines to manage and mitigate against COVID-19 under Alert Level 4

The Labour Court’s looming deadline of 18 May 2020, compels government to issue detailed guidelines on health and safety and requires that all employers prepare and implement a Code of Practice to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on mine employees returning to work. Under Alert level 4, various mining operations are allowed to operate at … Continue reading

Risk assessment to be conducted by employers before resuming operations

The Department of Employment and Labour (DOL) issued the COVID-19 directive on Health and Safety in the Workplace on 28 April 2020, stipulating measures that must be taken by employers to protect the health and safety of workers and members of the public entering their workplace or exposed to their working activities. Employers must do … Continue reading

Alert Level 4 Regulations: 5 factors for employers to consider

On 29 April 2020, new Regulations were published in terms of the Disaster Management Act which replaced previous lockdown regulations and set out the restrictions that will be imposed during Alert Level 4. These Regulations permit more categories of business to resume operations, subject to the establishment of, and compliance with, strict health protocols and … Continue reading

The challenges faced by employers in trying to retrench during the lockdown

The current pandemic and the implementation of the lockdown has forced companies to implement various cost cutting measures to keep afloat. Those companies considering the need to retrench employees must first make every effort to find alternatives to retrenchment. Alternatives to retrenchment include: Companies can make use of support measures implemented by government such as … Continue reading

Your workplace plan: What you need to know

Businesses allowed to resume operations under the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 must put in place measures aimed at reducing the spread of the virus, to ensure the safety of employees. A COVID-19 compliance officer must also be appointed. The updated Regulations to the Disaster Management Act, published on 29 April 2020, allows for more businesses … Continue reading

Five cost cutting measures to sustain your business and safeguard your employees

The declaration of a state of national disaster due to COVID-19 and the resulting nationwide lockdown has left employers and employees in a precarious situation. The lockdown has had a devastating impact on employment throughout the country, with many employees feeling the financial pinch of not having worked throughout the lockdown. What is clear is … Continue reading

Ten essential terms of secondment agreements

Secondment agreements allow for an employer to assign an employee to another organisation for a specified duration, for purposes of developing good business relationships; enhancing an employee’s particular skill set or for sharing the particular expertise of that employee with the host company. The employer and host company are required to enter into a secondment … Continue reading

Employment law under COVID-19 lockdown: 10 things to know

The government enforced 21 day lockdown raises many issues relating to employee rights, including concerns around whether leave (for workers who cannot work from home) will be paid or unpaid, whether UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund) applies and what the rights of essential workers are. Here are ten things to know about employment law during the … Continue reading

Religious practices and workplace incapacity

The Labour Appeal Court (LAC) has reaffirmed that employers must be tolerant of employee religious beliefs. In TDF Network Africa (Pty) Ltd v Deidre Beverley Faris, it ruled that the employee was discriminated against and unfairly dismissed for practising her religion. Faris, a Seventh Day Adventist, refused to attend monthly Saturday stock takes as her … Continue reading
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