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Introduction to South African Employment Laws

Introduction to South African Employment Laws

  1. Introduction
  • Introduction and rights
  • Purpose of labour law
  • Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  • UN and ILO Conventions and Recommendations
  1. Legislative overview
  • Defining labour relations
  • Factors regulating the employment relationship
  • Legislation overview
  • The hierarchy of legislation
  1. Basic Conditions of Employment Act
  • Purpose and scope
  • Sectoral determination and Bargaining Councils
  • Key Provision of the BCEA
  • Implied terms
  • Other forms of working relationships
  1. Employment Equity Act (EEA)
  • Overview
  • Affirmative action measures, Plans and Reports
  1. Skills Development Act

Occupational Health and Safety Act

  • Occupational Health and Safety Act – Overview
  • Legal requirements for businesses
  1. Compensation for occupational injuries and diseases act (Coida)
  • Overview
  1. Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF)
  • Overview
  1. The Labour Relations Act
  • Overview of the Labour Relations Act
  • Freedom of association
  • Collective bargaining
  • Strikes and lockouts
  • Trade unions and employers organisations
  • Dispute resolution
  • Unfair dismissal: overview
  • Misconduct:
  • Incapacity: poor work performance
  • Incapacity: ill-health or injury
  • Operational requirements: section 189 procedure
  • S197 Provisions
  • Remedies for unfair dismissal

Other key statutes which impact on the employment relationship

  • Protected Disclosures Act
  • Regulations and interception of electronic communications
  • SARS regulations (definition of employee)


  • The workshop has extensive case law which will furnish delegates with the most recent interpretations of the various employment law statutes.
  • In addition, delegates are provided with a checklist to evaluate current compliance with the Acts.


  • Two days

Who should attend?

  • Supervisors, Line Managers
  • Human Resource professionals
  • Industrial Relations and Employee Relations Professionals
  • Shop Stewards
Gary Watkins

Gary Watkins

Managing Director


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