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Webber Wentzel’s Employment, Health and  Safety Practice Group offers expertise across a broad range of areas:

Individual Employment Law – drafting and interpretation of employment contracts from blue-collar employee to CEO, disciplinary enquiries, the removal of directors and executives, corporate governance, forensic investigations in the workplace, compliance with statutory reporting procedures, restraint of trade advice and litigation, disputes concerning confidential employer information; drafting employment policies and procedures, data protection, discrimination law, whistleblowing, and litigation in all tribunals and courts.

Collective Employment Law – advice on strikes, collective bargaining, corporate restructuring, transfer of businesses, disputes over interpretation and application of collective agreements; litigation in all tribunal’s and courts.

Employee Benefit Law – the law relating to retirement funding, pension funds, medical aids, post-retirement medical aid funding, drafting and interpretation of executive incentive schemes.

Occupational Health and Safety Law – representing employers in investigations and enquiries relating to health and safety law, advising on occupational health & safety statutory compliance, providing legal liability training, preparing contractor management agreements and occupational health and safety contractual arrangements, conducting occupational health and safety due diligence and legal compliance systems audits, advising representing employers under the Mine Health & Safety Act, No. 29 of 1996 (MHSA), and the Occupational Health & Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993 (OHSA).

The team is staffed by 27 lawyers, and is known for its depth - it has 3 senior lawyers who have been practising employment law for more than 25 years (Pamela Stein, Nicholas Robb and Johan Olivier).

The practice group is ranked as highly recommended by ‘PLC Which Lawyer?’ in the field of Labour and Employee Benefits. A number of its partners are named as leading employment lawyers by the Legal 500 and three of the practice group’s partners recommended in ‘The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2014’ editorial - Labour and employment.

The team has specialist expertise and experience in advising both local and international clients across a variety of sectors, including:

  • banking, finance and insurance;
  • mining;
  • logistics;
  • energy and utilities;
  • automotive;
  • chemicals;
  • IT and telecommunications;
  • construction;
  • real estate and leisure;
  • retail;
  • media;
  • public sector; and
  • healthcare.

The team’s members are based in the firm’s Johannesburg and Cape Town offices.

For more information please click here to read the section on "Employment Law" in Investing in South Africa.

Key Contacts
+27 11 530 5200
Employment, Health and Safety Practice