Following the promulgation of The Labour Relations Amendment Act (Act 6 of 2014) on the 1st of January 2015, various changes occurred within the framework of the Labour Relations Act (Act 66 of 1995, as amended). While many of these amendments became effective immediately on the 1st of January, some of the sections only became active on the 1st of April 2015 [Section 198B(8(b)].
Among these latter amendments were the new regulations surrounding Temporary Contracts of Employment. Specifically the new Sections 198B and 198D govern the manner in which these contracts should be dealt with.
The biggest concern for business has been the much publicized limitation of fixed term contracts to a period of only three (3) months [Section 198B(3)] and the manner in which a fixed term contract that has lasted for more than three (3) months would be deemed to be of an indefinite nature (Permanent) [Section 198B(5)].
While the above is true, moreover, that any fixed term contract that was in place at the time of implementation of the above amendment (1 April 2015) would suffer the same fate and be deemed to be indefinite as well, there are certain exemptions that exist, i.e.: Read more “Are Fixed Term Contracts Dead”