2024 Wage Negotiations Update

”With South Africa’s economic outlook unlike any experienced before, the time wasripe for parties to work together and more so, in the area of industrial policy, toconstruct a collective agreement that quickly and with minimal angst and anxietysettles the vexed issue of wages and brings all stakeholders together to jointlyformulate a framework focused on re-building…

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…

The protection against self-help Employers

The Labour Appeal Court recently confirmed that an employer may not deduct or withholdany amount from an employee’s remuneration if the employee participated in an unlawfulstrike and the employer failed to implement the ‘no work no pay’ principle during the monthin which the employee did not render services. Read more

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…