Recent articles

  • Demotion as an alternative to retrenchment
    A number of international and local companies have requested that their employees work from home due to the dire consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. With some employees also opting to self-quarantine, there are a number of labour law considerations that South African businesses will have to consider.
  • Answers to some common COVID-19 related questions
    It’s alarming how quickly the COVID–19 (or “Coronavirus“) is spreading. Employers and employees need to do all they can to limit the impact of this on businesses, as our economy is already under severe strain! Businesses need to stay open and keep doing business or else!
  • COVID-19 Relief scheme – Implications for employers and employees of the temporary employer/employee relief scheme established by the Department of Employment and Labour
    For a period of three months, unless it is withdrawn earlier, the Department of Employment and Labour has issued a Directive establishing a temporary employer/employee relief scheme.
  • COVID-19: Its impact on employment contracts in Zimbabwe
    COVID-19: Its impact on employment contracts in Zimbabwe – an analysis into Zimbabwean Labour Law and the relevant legal principles which could serve as a guide for employers and employees in reaching an equitable compromise in dealing with the pandemic
  • Alternatives to Retrenchment During the Nationwide Lockdown
    There are a number of alternatives to retrenchments, which are suitable to both employees and employers. However, employers are cautioned to ensure that they are procedurally and substantively fair and are proposed as such, under a consensus seeking process, in terms of the Labour Relations Act.
  • Retrenchments during lockdown
    Retrenchments during lockdown - Any dismissal, for operational requirements or otherwise, must be in accordance with the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995, even during the lockdown period.
  • The Covid-19 Temporary Relief Scheme Refined
    The Covid-19 Temporary Relief Scheme Refined – Recent Amendments to the Minister’s DirectiveAmendments published to the Directive responsible for the implementation of the Scheme on 08 April 2020 have clarified the application of the Scheme and have further refined its operation.
  • The why of retrenchment - Employers be warned
    The Covid-19 Temporary Relief Scheme Refined – Recent Amendments to the Minister’s DirectiveAmendments published to the Directive responsible for the implementation of the Scheme on 08 April 2020 have clarified the application of the Scheme and have further refined its operation.
  • Retrenchments Procedural Fairness
    Retrenchments: The when and how of retrenchment consultations in light of COVID-19 - let everyone know, before you decide to let anyone go
  • Legal Compliance Checklist
    An executive summary checklist applicable to workplaces which are permitted to operate during Alert Level 4 in terms of the Disaster Management Regulations issued on 29 April 2020
  • Force Majeure: Q and A from A South African Perspective
    The Covid-19 Temporary Relief Scheme Refined – Recent Amendments to the Minister’s DirectiveAmendments published to the Directive responsible for the implementation of the Scheme on 08 April 2020 have clarified the application of the Scheme and have further refined its operation.
  • Implied Warranty
    What the implied warranty of quality in respect of medical devices and personal protective equipment distributed during the COVID-19 Pandemic means
  • Employees of companies placed in Liquidation
    COVID-19 – Companies placed in liquidation: Court leaves SARS weak, but retrenched employees are the real victims