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14 December 2019 Labour & Employment Watch



This is the final issue of Legalbrief Workplace for 2019. The Legalbrief Workplace production team and the management and staff of Juta wish subscribers a happy and peaceful holiday season and everything of the best for 2020. The first issue ... Read More

The consequences of qualification fraud

It's that time of the year – final examinations, job changes and qualification fraud, writes Legalbrief. The qualifications of the man at the helm of Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT’s) finances have come under the spotlight after relevant state ... Read More

South Africa

Public servants face pay freeze

In a move that could see it clashing with labour unions, the government is considering implementing drastic spending cuts across the public service, including extending a pay freeze to all public servants. Business Day reports that tabling the revised national ... Read More

Manufacturing drops for fifth consecutive month

The rand has extended its drop against the dollar after a report showed manufacturing production contracted for a fifth consecutive month, adding to the gloomy outlook for a domestic economy that is in the throes of load-shedding. Business Day reports ... Read More

Afarak subsidiaries considering retrenchments

Specialist alloy producer Afarak has said two of its SA subsidiaries – Afarak Mogale and Ilitha Mining – might retrench some employees, reports Mining Weekly. The subsidiaries have issued a notice, in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Relations ... Read More



Sleep-deprived workers cost the economy

Employees are typically less productive when they are overworked and sleep-deprived, says Lauren Salt, an executive in ENSafrica’s employment department. According to a Business Tech report, she cited a recent SA study conducted by Charles King from the University of ... Read More

Mental health conditions classed as a disability

More than two in five people with mental health conditions are unaware that this could be classed as a disability, and could be missing out on legal protections or helpful adjustments at work, a mental health charity has said. People ... Read More


Gender pay gap still prevalent in Germany

German policymakers need to think holistically to eliminate discrimination in the workplace and the gender pay gap, writes Sarah Klachin in an analysis. She writes that further thought needs to be given to how family policy and societal ... Read More

Fulfilling work helps to improve longevity

Maximising working opportunities for older people and offering fulfilling work beyond retirement age could have a profound impact on health and wellbeing. Personnel Today reports that this is according to the International Longevity Centre UK’s study, which argued that offering ... Read More

‘Quality’ of manager important for job satisfaction

The ‘quality’ of a manager is the most important factor in employee job satisfaction, a joint business school research project has shown. Personnel Today reports that in their study, academics from Cass Business School, the University of Wisconsin and Warwick ... Read More