Taking your disciplinary hearings online
Posted on May 22, 2020
By now employers should know that getting it wrong when it comes to dealing with a disciplinary matter can prove to be a costly mistake. In the existing technological climate and in the context of the COVID -19 pandemic, specific questions are being asked around conducting disciplinary hearings virtually and whether disciplinary processes can and should be conducted remotely.
How to change employees’ working hours, reduce salaries and/or restructure without committing an unfair labour practice
Posted on April 28, 2020
The majority of employers and employees have been confronted with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on the economy and several companies have been forced to make operational changes to what they considered to be normal. The consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic will, unfortunately, still be felt by individuals and companies long after the lock down has been lifted.
APPLYING FOR THE COVID-19 TERS BENEFIT SCHEME
Posted on April 22, 2020
Since the announcement of national lock down by the President several benefit schemes were made available to employers. One of the benefit schemes introduced is the Temporary Employment Relief Scheme (TERS). This benefit is available to employers who have been forced to have a closure or partial closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The latest amendments to the benefit scheme were announced and published in the Government Gazette of 8 April 2020. The purpose of this article is to provide a guideline in applying for the TERS benefit, prerequisites for claiming relief as well as additional information pertaining to the benefit scheme.
REGULATION OF STATUTORY LEAVE DURING THE COVID-19 LOCK DOWN PERIOD
Posted on March 31, 2020
The purpose of this article is to provide a legal opinion on the application of the provisions of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act no. 75 of 1997 (“BCEA) pertaining to leave entitlement of employees employed by a Company during the national lock down period from midnight Thursday, 26 March 2020 until midnight 16 April 2020.
Employers’ guide to COVID -19
Posted on March 23, 2020
On 5 March 2020 the first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed in South Africa. As of 21 March 2020 South Africa has confirmed 240 cases of people infected with the virus. This number is expected to rise even further. COVID -19 raises significant challenges for the employer. This article provides advice on practical measures employers can take to safe guard its employees.