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COVID-19

GAZETTING OF LONG-STANDING LABOUR TENANT CLAIMS

Gazetting Of Long-Standing Labour Tenant Claims

The process of processing and finalising the claims has been slow despite a twenty-year time-lapse, and many labour tenancy applications have yet to be finalised. As a result, long-standing labour tenant claims have been Gazetted. Section 17 Notices can thus be expected once again, which will need to be responded to as before.

Depression Dismissal

Depression & Dismissal – A Recent Decision

The prevalence of depression in the workplace was highlighted in the recent case of Legal Aid South Africa v Jansen [2020] JOL 47984 (LAC), wherein the Labour Appeal Court (“LAC”) had to decide on whether the employee’s dismissal was automatically unfair and whether he had been unfairly discriminated against on the basis of him suffering from depression.

No Work, No Pay … What Do They Say?

With the lockdown restrictions and ensuing novel workplace closures and limitations, one of the most prevalent questions asked by both employers and employees has been whether employees should still be paid if they do not work.

Claiming COVID-19 Benefits-UIF

The Unemployment Insurance Fund will compensate affected workers through a new “National Disaster Benefit” and its existing Illness, Reduced Work Time, and Unemployment benefits. The benefits which can be claimed in respect of the UIF by an employee as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa include: Reduced Work Time Benefits Illness Benefits …

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Claiming COVID-19 Benefits-UIF

COVID-19 And Compliance With The Occupational Health And Safety Act (OHSA)

With the arrival of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on the 15th of March 2020 and provided clear guidelines for the country’s response to the viral outbreak. Decisive action has been taken by the State to curb the spread of the virus. At this time, employers need …

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