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01 April 2020 Labour & Employment Watch


South Africa

Some relief to help mitigate Covid-19 impact

Government, big business and financial institutions have rallied to help cushion the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on workers and the economy with a slew of relief efforts and funds, writes Legalbrief. The Department of Small Business Development has launched ... Read More

Covid-19 workplace guidelines released

The Department of Employment and Labour has appealed to employers to use the prescriptions of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act in governing workplaces in relation to the Covid-19 virus, reports Engineering News. The OHS, read with the Hazardous ... Read More

Size of UIF benefit still uncertain

As the government braces for the huge economic fallout anticipated from the Covid-19 pandemic, it has said it is not yet sure how far the new disaster Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefit will go, and is still crunching the numbers ... Read More


Covid-19 pushes remote working to the fore

Until now, only the most forward-thinking companies have fully bought into a distributed workforce. Andrew Robinson, executive director at Sisebenza, writes in a report on the HR Pulse site that the rest paid lip service to the idea while clinging ... Read More


Supporting mental health of fathers at work

A significant number of fathers struggle with their mental health, particularly in the early years. Many of these suffer in silence as they feel unable to speak up. New data shows when that help is available, they are four times ... Read More


Europe supports workers in the time of Covid-19

Governments in mainland Europe have deployed a mixture of tax moratoriums, payment extensions on social charges, loan guarantees and wage subsidies for workers who cannot work or move to part-time roles. But, Personnel Today reports, according to some commentators, the ... Read More

UK suspends gender pay gap reporting

The UK has suspended enforcement of the gender pay gap reporting requirements this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Government Equalities Office and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have announced. Personnel Today reports that employers will not ... Read More

Benefits packages not meeting employees' needs

More than half of employees say the benefits package offered to them does not meet their needs, highlighting the need for employers to give workers flexibility over the health, wellbeing and lifestyle benefits they provide. Personnel Today reports that this ... Read More