Labour law

COVID-19: The importance working paperlessly in law firms

The spread of COVID-19 has negatively influenced the output of work at a global level. It has affected nearly every sector and has ultimately halted cross border trade. As the coronavirus unfolds across countries, many firms have adopted a policy which allows their employees to work remotely. However, considering the number of law firms that are wholly reliant on paper [...]

Covid-19 and Workplace Safety

In January 2020, the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) declared the outbreak of a new Coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and on 11 March 2020, a pandemic. [1] Many businesses have in the past few weeks been faced with the challenge of having to deal with the effects of Covid-19 within [...]

By | 2nd April, 2020|Labour law, PPM Attorneys|

Bogus recruitment agencies feed off vulnerable jobseekers

With the South African unemployment rate at its peak, some phony recruitment agencies are exploiting the jobseekers and taking the little that they have towards their search of employment.  The unemployment rate in South Africa has increased to 29% in the second quarter of 2019 from 27.6% in the previous period.[1] You may directly or indirectly have been adversely affected [...]

By | 8th October, 2019|Constitutional Law, Labour law|

And the winner is…

Promotional competitions and prize draws are one of the ways in which businesses increase sales of goods and services, while creating brand awareness among consumers.[1] Such competitions can be entered into via television, radio, company websites, newspapers as well as social media platforms. The Consumer Protection Act[2] (“CPA”) regulates promotional competitions or prize draws in South Africa.  Part E of [...]

Why your Company Should Have A Social Media Policy

Many employees have access to their employer’s confidential information by virtue of their position.  Confidential information includes client information, trade secrets, computer passwords, information on sales and financial and may be extended to include information that your employer would generally not want to be public[1].  An employer has a right to protect its confidential information[2]. With the use of social [...]

Restraint of trade in the ICT space, is it unreasonable?

Restraint of trade in the telecommunication space, is it unreasonable? Restraints of trade are often overlooked in contracts. Very often we sign an agreement but don’t pay attention to the fine print. There have been some interesting court rulings in recent years in the Telecom space that has favoured the employer. A restraint of trade clause is one that prohibits [...]

By | 20th May, 2019|Labour law|

Do it for the gram…

Half of the world’s population regularly uses some sort of social media platform.  Just think about that for a second. The opportunities for businesses to reach their target audiences are greater than ever!  We are now able to create and promote our brand almost exclusively online.   While the ability to communicate so effectively can humanise your brand and extend [...]

By | 20th March, 2019|Cybersecurity, IP Law, IT Law, Labour law, Media Law|

In a nutshell – benefits encapsulated in the Labour Laws Amendment Act, 2018

Included in the Labour Laws Amendment Act, 2018 (LLA) is the provision for parental, adoption and commissioning parental leave to employees, amendment of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 so as to provide for the right to claim parental and commissioning parental benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund and for the application for, and the payment of, parental and commissioning parental [...]

By | 20th March, 2019|Constitutional Law, Labour law|

National Payment System Act Review and why you should comment

In 2014 National Treasury issued an instruction prohibition by national and provincial public entities from making payments via the internet due to the risk associated with such transactions. [1] In 2019, however, it seems that National Treasury (“NT”) has had a change of heart and are revaluating its existing payments regulatory framework.  On 5 December 2018, National Treasury and the [...]

By | 8th February, 2019|AI, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law, Labour law, Media Law, PPM Attorneys|

How to find your strength in the workplace

Employees are often not aware of the power they have against their employer. As an employee, you have a duty to yourself to exercise your rights in a just and reasonable manner. This will allow you to exert some power against the employer in instances of infringement against your rights. South Africa has extensive laws aimed at regulating the working [...]

By | 28th June, 2018|Labour law|