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 [...]

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|

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|

CAN YOUR EMPLOYER READ YOUR MIND

If you think your boss is a bit nosy and intrusive be thankful that you don’t work for a state-owned enterprise in China.  Employees’ brain waves are reportedly being monitored in workplaces such as factories and military operations. Thankfully,the technology is not advanced enough where employers can read the minds of workers. The technology does however, detect and analyze, with [...]

By | 26th June, 2018|AI, Labour law, Privacy Law|

A QUICK GUIDE TO RETRENCHMENT

Tougher economic times have led to more companies facing the unpleasant task of having to retrench staff.  Here is a quick guide on what retrenchment really is. Retrenchments are generally classified as “no fault” dismissals given that they arise from an employer’s situation and are not due to any fault or responsibility of an employee. The ultimate goal is for the employer [...]

By | 9th November, 2017|Labour law, PPM Attorneys|

FACEBOOK GOT ME FIRED!

A recent ruling in the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (“MEIBC”) found a dismissal of an employee was substantively fair after an employee was dismissed as a result of a post on Facebook. In Gordon / National Oilwell Varco[1], an employee’s mother was injured in an ambulance hijack. Outraged by the incident, the employee posted a message on Facebook [...]

By | 10th October, 2017|Labour law, PPM Attorneys, Social media law|

ARE RESTRAINTS OF TRADE LEGAL?

Simply put, a restraint of trade is a legal contract between an employer and employee that prevents the employee from engaging in a similar business within a specified geographical area and/or within a certain time, once the employment contract has terminated. Many new employees heedlessly sign a restraint of trade, falsely under the impression that they are unenforceable. This mistaken [...]

By | 6th March, 2017|Commercial Law, Labour law, PPM Attorneys|