South Africa's labour legislation is progressive, and continues to rapidly evolve. This is according to Aadil Patel Director and National Head of the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, who notes that with this progression comes change; most notably to the labour legislation environment, and businesses now need comprehensive guidance on all the various changes and how they will affect their operations.
Patel notes that the legislature, during 2013 and at the beginning of 2014, published amendments to the Labour Relations Act, No 66 of 1995 (LRA), the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, No 75 of 1997 (BCEA) and the Employment Equity Act, No 55 of 1998 (EEA) and introduced a completely new act called the Employment Services Act. The Labour Relations Amendment Bill has been submitted to the President for assent. At the time of writing, the dates of commencement have not been published,” he explains.
Patel notes that by compiling a guide on the amendments to South African labour law, his Employment practice is hoping to help businesses understand the requirements and implications of the Labour Relations Amendment Bill, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Employment Equity Act, and the new kid on the block - the Employment Services Act.
The Guide contains details of all the most important changes to labour laws, as well as important business Q&As on issues and implications pertaining to the new laws. The guide is free can be downloaded here – Guide to Labour Legislation Amendments