Labour law workshop

August 1st, 2013

By Kathleen Kriel

The KwaZulu-Natal Law Society to­gether with attorney Chris Haralambous from attorney’s firm Cox Yeats, held a labour law workshop on the upcoming proposed legislative amendments to the labour legislation on 25 May. During the workshop, Mr Haralambous shared the following proposed amendments with the delegates, which possibly pose the most significant challenges for employers:

  • Limitation on the use of fixed-term contracts beyond six months.
  • Restrictive definitions of temporary staff versus permanent staff and the question of equal benefits.
  • Increased liability for employers who hire staff from labour brokers.
  • Increased liability for employers involved in sham or Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 avoidance schemes.
  • Increased powers of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration when deciding on trade union rights.

Kathleen Kriel,

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2013 (Aug) DR 6.