The goals, timing and criticisms of the NHI Act

On 15 May 2024, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the National Health Insurance Bill intolaw. The National Health Insurance Act 20 of 2023 (NHI Act) marks a pivotal moment in SouthAfrica’s healthcare landscapeAlthough the NHI Act aims to provide comprehensive health coverage, it has ignited significantdebate and controversy, especially concerning its funding and its effect on…

Minister republishes regulations for EE sector targets

To recap, on 14 April 2023, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Employment EquityAmendment Act 4 of 2022 into law, amending the Employment Equity Act of 1998. Theamendments empower the Minister to identify and set employment equity numerical targetsfor each national economic sector.On Friday, 12 May 2023, the Minister published the draft five-year sectoral numerical targetsfor…

Submission Deadline: Annual Placement Report for 2023 – April 30, 2024

Private Employment Agencies (PEA) and Temporary Employment Services (TES) must comply with DEL registration requirements by submitting an annual report on their placements. This obligation is in accordance with the Skills Development Act no. 97 of 1998, Regulation No. 608 of 2000, sub-regulation 5(12). Reports should cover data for the Jan – Dec period and…

Four-day working week trial run in South Africa

The first South African four-day work week trial took place over a period of six months fromMarch to August this year. The trial was conducted by 4 Day Week Global – an internationalnon-profit organisation that aims to promote a working environment that is focused onretaining productivity while reducing the focus on time. This is the…

Do employers need to retrench fixed-term employees at the end of their Contracts

                                                                     In the case of Dumisani Yeko v Red Mining South Deep (Pty) Ltd (LC) JS633/18 , the employer terminated the fixed-term employment of an individual after the conclusion of a tender rail contract with Gold Fields, a joint venture. The employee’s tenure was directly linked to the duration of the rail contract. Following…

Main Agreement Annual Shutdown Provisions

The date of the annual shutdown is determined by the company’s management,and should be as similar as possible to the previous year’s annual shutdowndates.The annual shutdown must in total, amount to three consecutive weeks’ paidleave taken over an unbroken period and include four weekends. In addition, thethree weeks’ leave must be extended with full pay…

Services SETA Mandatory Grant Applications 2024-2025

Learner Management Information System (LMIS)- Now Open!Deadline Date: 30 April 2024 Employers falling under the categories of Services SETA Levy Paying Employers (LPEs) and Non-Levy Paying Employers (NLPE) are required to individually submit Mandatory Grant applications. The rationale behind this is that compliant and approved Mandatory Grants result in a 20% refund of the employer’s…

Violence and harassment in the workplace – Beyond sexual harassment

LABOUR BRIEF NO.  448 The Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the Workplace (the Code) became effective on 18 March 2022. While there have been moves from the legislature to combat violence and harassment in the workplace, in many respects, the South African legislative framework was seen…

New legislation could limit the number of foreign nationals employed in South Africa

A recent Bill and Policy published by the Minister of Employment and Labour aims to limit the extent to which employers who are operating in South Africa can employ foreign nationals in possession of a valid work visa, and imposes stricter obligations on an employer engaging foreign workers. The Employment Services Amendment Bill aims to…