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Ethics: The forgotten superpower

Ethics: The forgotten superpower

The real superheroes of the working world are those who uphold ethics and honesty. Over the past few months, the real impact of fake news has been felt around the world. From Facebook to internet…

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What needs to be considered for integrating AI into legal services?

What needs to be considered for integrating AI into legal services?

Over the past two years Webber Wentzel has explored a number of artificial intelligence (AI) platforms related to the delivery of legal services. Many people believe that automation is a threat to job security with…

Why you need to understand the risks related to unfair suspensions

Employers need to think twice before they simply suspend an employee. If the suspension turns out to be unfair, the employer may need to fork out more money than bargained for.  There are two types…

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Can an employer skimp on the retrenchment process?

Can an employer skimp on the retrenchment process?

If a retrenchment was unavoidable, can the employer skimp on the retrenchment process or would that be viewed as both substantively and procedurally unfair? Summary If an employee’s dismissal was substantively fair, as the retrenchment…

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SA is not alone in grappling with labour broking and working hours

SA is not alone in grappling with labour broking and working hours

Labour broking, working hours and minimum wages are hot potatoes in South Africa but the country is not alone in grappling with them. From Angola, Kenya and Nigeria to Tanzania, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)…

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What if his job doesn’t exist?

What if his job doesn’t exist?

In Seopa v Imperial Cold Logistics (Pty) Ltd and Others (9 February 2018), the Labour Court had to decide whether an employer was in contempt of court if it re-employed an employee rather than reinstated…

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Does the right to a fair hearing trump the contract of employment?

Does the right to a fair hearing trump the contract of employment?

Can an employee be dismissed, without due process, simply because she acted in breach of the express terms of her contract of employment? An employee who is removed from a client’s premises as a result…

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Why “selling” voluntary retrenchment may not be easy

Why “selling” voluntary retrenchment may not be easy

The current South African Revenue Service (SARS) IRP3(a) Completion Guide, which aids employers in completing tax directive applications for their employees, appears to introduce a distinction between voluntary and involuntary severance benefits. This apparent distinction…

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What is the role of the CCMA in helping to settle labour disputes?

What is the role of the CCMA in helping to settle labour disputes?

South Africa’s business landscape is highly competitive and is governed by legislation designed to enforce compliance. It is important for employers to know under what circumstances a critical resource such as the CCMA (Commission for…

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Parental leave – a pending new entitlement as a minimum term of employment

Parental leave – a pending new entitlement as a minimum term of employment

Currently, South African employment laws provide minimum entitlements to specified leave types for all employees, such as annual leave, sick leave, family responsibility leave, and unpaid maternity leave of four months for female employees. These…