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Mike Beaumont is a lawyer by profession and has spent the major part of his career as a consultant in the fields of labour and employment relations.
His work as an employer representative in change management has involved relationship building, negotiations with trade unions, managing conflict and handling disputes.
As much of the world of work involves on-going relationships, it has been important that clients explore real needs (as opposed to wants), search for win-win and creative solutions and be alive to the risks of power displays.
Mike has consulted over the years in most parts of the private sector in South Africa, as well as in neighbouring countries and the Middle East.
His clients have included many blue chip companies, with whom he has had long-standing relationships.
Mike is the founder and author of Beaumont’s Express (a commentary on Labour Relations and the Law) which is published by LexisNexis.
The start of 2020 has seen the implementation of the new Labour Laws Amendment Act. And, one of the biggest changes has been in the creation of parental leave allowances. When it comes to parental leave, these new regulations came into effect on 1 January 2020, including parental leave in cases of adoption and surrogacy, as well as paternal leave in all circumstances.
It’s no secret that technology is evolving at a rapid rate – it informs how we live, work and interact with the world, at home and in the office. And the next stage of this evolution – known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – is set to bring even more dramatic shifts to our society, at home and at work.