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Seminar on developments in Employment Law

10 May 2012

The Labour Relations and Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bills have, after protracted debate between business and labour, been approved by Cabinet and are now going to Parliament. The proposed amendments are far-reaching and will significantly change recruitment, hiring and dismissal practices as well as collective bargaining.

The Protection of Personal Information Bill, 2009 (POPI) will impact on the way employers collect, store, use and communicate employee data. There is a seventh draft of POPI underway, and when it is complete it is expected that the Bill will be submitted to the Portfolio Committee. We anticipate that POPI will be enacted within 3 to 5 months after it is presented to the Portfolio Committee.

The Labour Relations Amendment Bill, 2012 confirms that there is now no intention to amend section 197 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) which deals with business transfers. The reason for this about-turn on a legislative review of section 197 of the LRA may be largely due to the clarity provided by the Constitutional Court decision of Aviation Union of South Africa & another v South African Airways & others and the Labour Court's subsequent implementation of that decision in the context of outsourcing arrangements.

The seminar will accordingly cover:

  • The impact of the Protection of Personal Information Bill on employers;
  • Recent developments in regard to section 197 of the LRA;
  • The proposed changes to employment law in the form of the Labour Relations Amendment Bill and the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill.
  • This seminar will be of particular interest to directors, executives, board committee members, legal counsel and HR executives and managers.

Date: Thursday, 10 May 2012
Venue: Webber Wentzel, Auditorium, 10 Fricker Road, Illovo Boulevard, Illovo
Time: 08:00 for 08:30 until 10:30
RSVP: Please RSVP to events@webberwentzel.com

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