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How employee’s misconduct after hours could affect the employment relationship during the national lockdown.

Commentary by Karabo Teffo – FEOSA While night clubs are still closed to the public in accordance with Regulation 56 of the Disaster Management Act as amended by Adjusted Alert Level 2 on 13 September 2021, more and more South Africans are hosting social gatherings in the comfort of their homes. These get-togethers/” chillas” qualify …

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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate: Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in the workplace

Summary: Employers who intend to make vaccination mandatory may face an uphill battle. Employers have several administrative obstacles to overcome, such as doing a risk assessment, identifying employees that must be vaccinated, and developing a vaccination plan and appropriate measures to implement the plan. Employers forcing mandatory vaccination without the proper risk assessment done may …

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Legislation on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) // Cleaning Sector

Author: Karabo Teffo ISSUE Whether legislation regulates the issues around PPE.   PRINCIPLES According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act[1], employees working in environments where they may be exposed to risk or potential risk are required to wear personal  protective equipment (PPE). This particularly applies when engineering, work practice and administrative controls prove unfeasible …

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REMINDER – COVID-19 POSITIVE CASE REPORTING PROCESS

  This is just to remind you that all Covid-19 positive cases must be reported to the Compensation Commissioner. Please see the following documents attached. Government Notice signed by Vuyo Mafata, Compensation Commissioner on 20 March 2020 (download) Covid-19 Exposure and Medical Questionnaire (To be completed by employer) (download) W.CI.1(E) – Employer’s Report of an …

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Consolidated Direction of Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Certain Work Places.

Sub-directive 14 regulates an employee’s refusal to perform any work due to exposure to COVID-19 and states that:- an employee may refuse to work if with reasonable justification it appears to the employee or a Health and Safety Representative (H & S Rep) that the work poses an imminent and serious risk to COVID-19. Employee …

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COIDA and Employers of Domestic Workers

Government has gazetted new rules for domestic workers in South Africa, which will see them covered under the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (Coida). The changes, which were officially introduced in March, confirm that domestic workers are now covered under the act for illness or injury contracted at work. What protection does this …

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Under The Influence of Cannabis at the Workplace

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF CANNABIS AT THE WORKPLACE – IMPACT OF THE PRINCE JUDGEMENT Since the Constitutional Court handed down its judgement in Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others v Prince And Others 2018 (6) SA 393 (CC) decriminalising the possession and cultivation of cannabis in private dwellings, the country has seen a …

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50 Employees or more? This news is for you…

Employment Equity Amendments TRANSFORMATION LAW IS COMING WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Employment Equity Amendment Bill is introduced to the National Assembly. The Major changes, not limited, but includes the following: Sector–specific employment targets to be addressed—”A notice may set different numerical targets for different occupational levels, sub-sectors or regions within a sector or on …

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