Sexual harassment and when the business is liable

When is an employer liable for sexual harassment in the workplace? The Labour Court addressed the question of the employer’s vicarious liability in National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa and Another v Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa JS1071/18 (23 September 2021) (the PRASA case). The judge found that “this matter turns on… Continue Reading

Can I be fired if I refuse to be vaccinated?

Is it constitutional to force an employee to be vaccinated against Covid? The opinion worldwide seems to be that there must be a balance between an employer’s obligation to provide a safe and secure working environment and an employee’s right to freedom and security of person. This includes the right to bodily integrity and the… Continue Reading

Temporary employment laws in South Africa

A client asked: “Can my employee keep me on as a temporary employee, indefinitely, and dismiss me whenever it feels like it?” Regarding temporary employment contracts, our Labour Relations Act (LRA) provides that: If a company employs a person for longer than three months, he or she would be ‘deemed’ to be an ‘indefinite period employee’… Continue Reading

Polygraph tests in the workplace

Can an employer dismiss an employee if he fails a lie detector test? The Labour Appeal Court dealt with this issue in DHL Supply Chain (Pty) Ltd v De Beer No and Others (2014) (LAC), where it held that the mere fact that an employee fails a polygraph test is not in itself sufficient to find an… Continue Reading

Damages sustained at work – who is liable?

What is an accident at work? The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (“COIDA“) defines an accident as “an accident arising out of and in the course of an employee’s employment and resulting in a personal injury, illness or the death of the employee”. COIDA provides that if an employee has an accident… Continue Reading

Can an employee be fired for refusing to be vaccinated?

Editor’s note: since writing this article, the Department of Employment and Labour in South Africa issued guidance on vaccination policies in the workplace. Employers seeking to implement a mandatory vaccine policy must undertake a risk assessment, See this article Countless South Africans are anxiously awaiting their chance to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). However,… Continue Reading

Resignation with Immediate effect in the face of Misconduct Allegation

Can an employee resign with immediate effect in the face of misconduct allegations? There have been conflicting decisions and uncertainty whether an Employer can still take disciplinary action against an Employee who resigned with immediate effect in the face of misconduct allegations. In the matter of The Standard of Bank of South Africa Limited v… Continue Reading

Employment rights under lockdown

What happens if a business is forced to close because of Covid-19 and it becomes impossible for an employer and employee to perform under an employment contract? The law states that if both employer and employee are unable to do so, then the obligations of both parties are suspended, until the lockdown ends, and it… Continue Reading


The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has introduced a free digital platform for CCMA Users to refer conciliation and arbitration disputes and make enforcement and/or condonation applications via The digital referral and application platform eliminates the need for physical travel and physical contact with others. You can complete all these forms online:… Continue Reading

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