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17 September 2021 Labour & Employment Watch


Business awaits state guidance on mandatory vaccines

The increasing need for economies around the globe to get back on track has put the spotlight on governments and their policies on vaccine mandates, particularly in the workplace, writes Legalbrief. Although some companies in SA, such as Discovery and ... Read More

South Africa

Some ANC staffers being paid after crowdfunding

The ANC has started paying some of its staff, especially junior employees at Luthuli House, following a crowdfunding initiative. City Press reports that the workers at the party’s headquarters in Johannesburg had not been paid for three months, leading to ... Read More

Skilled emigration costs jobs and taxes

The emigration of SA’s skilled professionals is a major risk for job-creation efforts and the dwindling tax base, reports BusinessLIVE. Policymakers cannot ignore this trend when the country is battling one of the highest unemployment rates in the world in ... Read More


Unions 'must demand’ mandatory vaccination

Getting the economy on track and speeding up vaccination is an absolutely necessary step to deal with the economic and social impacts of the pandemic. Halton Cheadle, Di Cooper and Mike Morris, unionists in the struggle against apartheid, write in ... Read More

Pandemic intensifies ‘rage quitting’ stressors

'Rage quitting' is a sign of serious flaws in a workplace: from lax health and safety standards to exploitative working conditions and abusive managers. The Covid-19 pandemic has only intensified the stressors that can lead employees to quit on the ... Read More

Gender-based pay disparities still persist

Women’s Month has highlighted the role of women (past, present and future) in society and once again reinforced awareness around disparities in gender-based pay that still persists today, write Bryden Morton, executive director, Chris Blair, CEO, at 21st Century in ... Read More


Common workplace triggers exacerbate asthma

The workplace can help bring on or exacerbate asthma, US News reports a study suggests. Common workplace triggers include poor ventilation and mouldy air conditioning systems, cleaning products and even the toner used in printers, the researchers said. Employees with ... Read More


Tensions flare between 'vaxxed and unvaxxed'

Office politics have been a thing of the past for most of us over the past 18 months, as millions of people worked from home throughout Covid-induced lockdowns. Now, CNBC reports, as many US employees return to their offices, tensions ... Read More

London law firms test work flexibility

London is returning to life for the first time in over a year, as firms reopen offices and test their revised flexible working policies. According to a Law Gazette report, solicitors at Allen & Overy, Fieldfisher, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan ... Read More


Book review

Book title: The Healthy Company Authors: Mervyn King and Leigh Roberts Publisher: Juta ISBN 9781485137467   Leading a company today means managing the uses of its resources and relationships and how it deals with the resulting effects over time as ... Read More

Book review

Book title: Human Resource Management in Government 2e Author: Ernst van der Westhuizen Publisher: Juta ISBN 9781485131144   Written from a uniquely South African perspective, Human Resource Management in Government explores many facets of the employment relationship, including strategic employment ... Read More

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