Author: Eben van Deventer

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Dagga Legalized? Marijuana and the Employment Context

On the 18th of September 2018 the Constitutional Court handed down a judgement which is being widely reported to have legalized marijuana for private use within the Republic of South Africa. What does this mean for your business?

Before we get to the direct impact on you, the employer, let us first consider the background of the judgement as it currently exists: Read more “Dagga Legalized? Marijuana and the Employment Context”

HospitalityWorkers News

Hospitality Sector Minimum Wages 2018/19

From the 1st of July 2018, the minimum wages for the Hospitality Sector will be increased as follows:

As a sector employing vulnerable workers [The Department of Labour] the regulation of working conditions in this sector enjoys special attention from the Department of Labour.

Another important consideration here is that due to the nature of work in this sector, employees are often paid low “Basic” wages with the addition of commission.  Read more “Hospitality Sector Minimum Wages 2018/19”

Minimum-Wage News

The Minimum Wage Bill and Amendments to Labour Legislation,…

Following recent news that the National Assembly has passed the long awaited Minimum Wage Bill as well as the proposed amendments to the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, it is important to take note of what these amendments actually mean to you, the Employer:

While it was widely announced that these amendments would come into effect on the 1st of May 2018 after they were initially published for public comment in late 2017, there have been major debates surrounding the specifics of these changes which necessitated a delay. Read more “The Minimum Wage Bill and Amendments to Labour Legislation, What you should Know?”

Retail-Store News

Minimum Wages for the Wholesale and Retail Sector –…

From the 1st of February 2018, the minimum wages for the Wholesale and Retail sector will be increased. This annual increase is valid for twelve (12) months until the 28th of February 2019 in stark contrast to the increases tabled for the Domestic Workers and Contract Cleaning Sectors earlier this year. It stands to be seen how this extended period of validity will play into the proposed Minimum Wage Bill (Read Our Article Here).

This Sectoral Determination covers employees who work in merchandising and/or distribution operations, however certain geographic areas and businesses are covered by bargaining council agreements so it is important to familiarize yourself with these in your area. Read more “Minimum Wages for the Wholesale and Retail Sector – 2018”

Forestry-Worker News

Minimum Wages for the Farm Workers and Forestry Sectors

From the 1st of March 2018, the minimum wages for Farm Workers and people employed in the Forestry Sector will be increased, this annual increase is valid for twelve (12) months until the 28th of February 2019 in stark contrast to the increases tabled for the Domestic Workers and Contract Cleaning Sectors earlier this year. It stands to be seen how this extended period of validity will play into the proposed Minimum Wage Bill (Read Our Article Here).

Hourly Rate from 1st of March 2018: R 16.25

Read more “Minimum Wages for the Farm Workers and Forestry Sectors”

Contract-Cleaning News

Contract Cleaning Sector Minimum Wages 2018

From the 1st of January 2018, the minimum wages for workers in the Contract Cleaning Sector will be increased, this increase is only valid until the 30th of November 2018, likely in order to allow the Minimum Wage Act to replace the wage table. Additionally it must be noted that Area B will receive two increases, one on the 1st of January and the second on the 28th of February 2018 in order to comply with collective agreements applicable to that region.

Given the current proliferation of trade unions within the Contract Cleaning Sector it is also likely that individual business may be required, by virtue of collective agreements of their clients being extended, to pay higher minimum wages than those listed in the Sectoral Determination 1.

Read more “Contract Cleaning Sector Minimum Wages 2018”

Court News

HR City opposes Labour Legislation Law Amendments

Again HR City has elected to voice our concern over proposed amendments to labour legislation, including the implementation of the proposed Minimum Wage Bill (Read our Article Here).

Similarly to our actions in 2012 when HR City sought to intervene in what it viewed as dangerous and unfair changes to labour legislation (Read our Article Here) government has again sought to further restrict the rights of employers, even during an economic downturn which, in no small part is due to excessive over-regulation of the labour market.  Read more “HR City opposes Labour Legislation Law Amendments”

CoalStrike News

Strike Looming in the Coal Sector

Over the past few months employers and employees in the coal sector have been negotiating wage increases in the Coal Sector. Employees, represented by the NUM, Solidarity, UASA and NUMSA have reached a deadlock with the represented employers, Exxaro Coal, Anglo American Coal, Glencore, Koornfontein, Kangra, Delmas Coal and Msobo Coal which may well result in a strike occurring across the entire sector.

Says Mr Peter Bailey, NUM Chief Negotiator in the Coal Sector in a press statement: “The Chamber of Mines members are pleading poverty when it comes to black workers yet white managers and executives have the luxury of being overcompensated.” Read more “Strike Looming in the Coal Sector”