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Increased wages: a step forward
18 February 2020 Employment

Increased wages: a step forward

The National Minimum Wage Act, No. 9 of 2018 (NMWA) which came into force on 1 January 2019 was enacted within the context of advancing economic development and social justice by reducing wage inequality and protecting the lowest paid workers from exploitation by employers who pay unconscionably low wages, amongst other things. It is within this context that the amendments made in terms of the NMWA and the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, No. 75 of 1997 (BCEA) have helped contribute to the progression of the employment law legislative framework in South Africa.

The deal with break-fees
18 February 2020 Corporate & Commercial

The deal with break-fees

The term “headed for an economic downturn” has the look and feel of a buzzword that has overstayed its welcome on newspaper headlines. Now more than ever taking the first step to start a corporate transaction in the current state of the global economy is a daunting task for all parties concerned. The high costs and reputational risks of a failed deal have demanded that corporate lawyers come up with new and innovative ways to ensure that a commercial deal succeeds. This article assesses the payment of break-fees also known as (“break-up fees” or “termination fees”) in merger and acquisition transactions (M&A Transactions) to protect the consummation of deals

Cybercrime in South Africa - attorneys fall victim to cyber fraud
18 February 2020 Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Cybercrime in South Africa - attorneys fall victim to cyber fraud

The prevalence of cybercrime in South Africa is on the rise – confirmed by Acting Judge Klein in the recent judgment of Fourie v Van Der Spuy and De Jongh Inc. 2019 JDR 1801 (GP), who remarked on this while pronouncing on a case in which a law firm fell victim to hackers at the expense of their client.

What’s an Oscar without employment rights?
17 February 2020 Employment

What’s an Oscar without employment rights?

On 11 December 2019 the Department of Employment and Labour published a notice in the Government Gazette informing the public of its intention to deem individuals working in the Film and Television industry as employees. Such workers are currently classified as independent contractors. If passed, the effect would be to vest these individuals with various rights in terms of certain employment-related legislation.

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Increased wages: a step forward
18 February 2020 Employment

Increased wages: a step forward

The National Minimum Wage Act, No. 9 of 2018 (NMWA) which came into force on 1 January 2019 was enacted within the context of advancing economic development and social justice by reducing wage inequality and protecting the lowest paid workers from exploitation by employers who pay unconscionably low wages, amongst other things. It is within this context that the amendments made in terms of the NMWA and the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, No. 75 of 1997 (BCEA) have helped contribute to the progression of the employment law legislative framework in South Africa.

The deal with break-fees
18 February 2020 Corporate & Commercial

The deal with break-fees

The term “headed for an economic downturn” has the look and feel of a buzzword that has overstayed its welcome on newspaper headlines. Now more than ever taking the first step to start a corporate transaction in the current state of the global economy is a daunting task for all parties concerned. The high costs and reputational risks of a failed deal have demanded that corporate lawyers come up with new and innovative ways to ensure that a commercial deal succeeds. This article assesses the payment of break-fees also known as (“break-up fees” or “termination fees”) in merger and acquisition transactions (M&A Transactions) to protect the consummation of deals

Cybercrime in South Africa - attorneys fall victim to cyber fraud
18 February 2020 Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Cybercrime in South Africa - attorneys fall victim to cyber fraud

The prevalence of cybercrime in South Africa is on the rise – confirmed by Acting Judge Klein in the recent judgment of Fourie v Van Der Spuy and De Jongh Inc. 2019 JDR 1801 (GP), who remarked on this while pronouncing on a case in which a law firm fell victim to hackers at the expense of their client.

What’s an Oscar without employment rights?
17 February 2020 Employment

What’s an Oscar without employment rights?

On 11 December 2019 the Department of Employment and Labour published a notice in the Government Gazette informing the public of its intention to deem individuals working in the Film and Television industry as employees. Such workers are currently classified as independent contractors. If passed, the effect would be to vest these individuals with various rights in terms of certain employment-related legislation.

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5 legal tips for start-ups
25 October 2018 Corporate & Commercial

5 legal tips for start-ups

Many highly successful start-ups are bedevilled by legal disputes, often between founders or funders, which could have been easily avoided. The story of McDonalds is one example. It was founded by brothers, Richard and Maurice McDonald, who were ultimately allegedly short-changed by Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc, who joined the business after its establishment but took all the glory (and the money). How? Because they did not put legal agreements in place to regulate their partnership.

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International Fraud Awareness Week
25 November 2019 Dispute Resolution

International Fraud Awareness Week

Associate in the Corporate Investigations sector, Krevania Pillay, recently joined The Jane Dutton Hour on eNCA to discuss International Fraud Awareness Week.

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New POPI Regulations
6 February 2020 Corporate & Commercial

New POPI Regulations

Director in the Corporate & Commercial practice joined Talk Radio 702 to discuss the New POPI Regulations that are set to end direct marketing calls in South Africa.

Employer's privacy rights
3 February 2020 Employment

Employer's privacy rights

Anli Bezuidenhout, Senior Associate in the Employment practice unpacks the employer's rights to privacy and how as an employee one can make sure they're not in breach of their employment contract.

Employers rights to privacy
30 January 2020 Employment

Employers rights to privacy

Michael Yeates, Director in the Employment practice talks about the implications an employee can face for recording an employer.

Lying on your CV
24 January 2020 Employment

Lying on your CV

Steven Adams a Senior Associate in the Employment practice joined Pippa Hudson on Cape Talk. He was in a panel discussion which discussed the consequences of lying on your CV.