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    INSOLENCE AND INSUBORDINATION – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

    The workplace is not a democracy. One of the implied terms of the contract of employment is that of subordination – the employee has to submit to the authority of the employer provided this is exercised lawfully and reasonably.

     

    EMPLOYER RIGHTS PERTAINING TO PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY LEAVE

    Does a job applicant need to disclose her pregnancy status to an employer? May an employer take disciplinary action against an employee who, at the time of appointment, failed to disclose her pregnancy? Or lied about it? May an employee who is on maternity leave be dismissed for genuine reasons relating to performance, disciplinary action or redundancy?

     

    FIXED TERM CONTRACTS – CHANGES EFFECTIVE FROM 1 JANUARY 2015

    One of the most important changes to the Labour Relations Act , which came into effect on 1 January 2015, is the added protection afforded to employees on fixed term contracts. While some employers and employees are not directly affected, the impact will be far reaching and employers are encouraged to review their current contracts and practices to ensure compliance.

     

    TERMINATING AN EMPLOYEE’S SERVICES BY AGREEMENT

    Is it always necessary to go through onerous disciplinary or incapacity procedures before terminat-ing an employee’s service? The short answer is no. Unfair dismissal protection only applies when an employee is dismissed.

     

    CONTRACTING OUT OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS ACT

    Imagine a situation where an employer does not have job vacancy, but agrees to accommodate a person as a favour. The person is employed with the clear understanding that if things do not work out, the contract may be terminated without the employee having recourse to the remedies afforded by the Labour Relations Act. Can this be done?