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…