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29 May 2020 Labour & Employment Watch


‘No mercy’ for firms flouting Covid-19 regulations

The move to level three lockdown regulations will bring new risks for workers but, writes Legalbrief, the Trade, Industry and Competition Department plans to close down companies that flout Covid-19 regulations to protect the well-being of employees. According to Business ... Read More

South Africa

Danger that Covid-19 job losses could be permanent

There is a danger that employment losses due to the Covid-19 epidemic will become permanent, causing the rate of unemployment to be significantly raised for years to come. Business Day reports that this is the warning in a new study ... Read More

Unions express concern over mineworker safety

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed concern about the number of Covid-19 cases reported at South African mines and has called on the Mineral Resources and Energy Department to stop mining operations until all safety measures have been ... Read More


Workplaces must prepare for 'new normal’

At the beginning of the year no-one in SA, or the world, could have predicted the challenges we would face in 2020 writes Bheki Ntshalintshali, Cosatu general secretary in Business Day. Ntshalintshali writes: ‘We were all caught unawares and unprepared ... Read More


Financial worries impact employees’ mental health

The vast majority (90%) of employers agree that financial worries have a negative impact on an employee’s mental health, HR Magazine reports. A survey by fintech company Smarterly found that 87% of employers in the survey said money worries have ... Read More


Africa’s CFOs planning safe workplaces

As governments in Africa start to ease lockdown restrictions and reopen local economies, CFOs are focusing on plans to provide a safe working environment for their employees and ensure that this safety can be sustained throughout the Covid-19 crisis and ... Read More

UK employers accused of furlough fraud

Whistleblowers are unveiling fraud committed by UK employers that have used the furlough scheme to make large sums of money by falsely claiming employees are on furlough, reports Personnel Today. Charity Protect has revealed that about a third (36%) of ... Read More

Parents balance work and home-schooling

Two-fifths of working parents in the UK are home-schooling their children during the coronavirus outbreak while holding down a full-time job. People Management reports a poll of 2 000 working adults with school-aged children, conducted by Canada Life, found 39 ... Read More