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Employment Law South Africa

Get an appreciation of the employment law framework and working conditions that govern South Africa

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Please note that the 2021 courses will be now delivered virtually. Contact us on 020 7549 2549 or email info.jsb@bondsolon.com for more information and to book. Price: £495+VAT | €595 +VAT | $595 +VAT

This Employment Law South Africa seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the legal landscape in relation to the world of work in South Africa. You will hear about the South African employment law framework, latest case law and key cultural issues that every HR should be aware of.

Key areas of the programme include the background and history of South African employment legislation, unfair dismissal, basic employment conditions, whistleblowing, discrimination, dispute resolution, trade union law – and much more.

  • Gain a clear understanding of the legal framework in South Africa - and compare this to the position in other countries
  • Explore the cultural issues and current working conditions
  • Learn how to advise colleagues on vital aspects of employment law in South Africa
  • Get all your questions on South African employment law answered by our employment law specialist

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Introduction to South African employment law

  • Overview of the general principles of national employment laws
  • New trends and developments

Hiring Employees

  • Pre-employment checks
  • Offers of employment
  • Work permits



The employment relationship and employment contracts

  • Typical employment arrangements
  • Drafting terms and conditions of employment contracts
  • Fixed term contracts
  • Remuneration and benefits
  • Working time
  • Holiday and sick pay



Employee relations

  • Introduction to the different employee representative bodies and their roles
  • Collective bargaining
  • Equality and diversity
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Flexible working and family-friendly rights
  • Discipline and grievances



Termination of employment

  • Grounds for dismissal
  • Dismissal rights
  • Redundancies, reorganisations and restructurings

Black Economic Empowerment

  • An overview of the legislation

Questions and Answers


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Christopher Todd Christopher Todd

Christopher Todd

Chris Todd was admitted as an attorney in 1996. For a number of years he specialised in public law dispute resolution and in employment in the public law sphere. He advised extensively on the employment law implications of business transfers in the public sector, privatisation initiatives, and outsourcing. After a two year stint in mergers and acquisitions, Chris returned to a dispute resolution practice, providing advisory and litigation services in employment, public law, and ADR. Since 2011 he has been involved in policy work, advising organised business and various employers on the terms of proposed amendments to employment laws and related matters.

In the course of his dispute resolution practice Chris has represented local government clients in High Court litigation over public sector pension fund restructuring, involving several years of complex litigation and ADR; and in employment litigation at various levels including public and private employment law tribunals, in the Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court and Constitutional Court. He has also represented a range of public sector clients in boardroom or senior executive disputes and in related mediation or facilitation processes; and, pro bono, in public interest matters for NGO clients.

Chris’ dispute resolution career includes roles as adjudicator, having served two periods as an acting judge of the Labour Court, and on private tribunals in employment disputes. He was accredited by CEDR as a commercial mediator in April 2007, and his mediation experience includes representing parties in mediations and serving as mediator in commercial disputes.
Chris is co-author of the leading South African work on the employment consequences of business restructuring and outsourcing, “Business Transfers and Employment Rights in South Africa”, Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2004. He is also co- author (with another Bowman Gilfillan partner, Talita Laubscher) of “Contracts of Employment”, Siber Ink 2008, and author of “Collective Bargaining Law”, Siber Ink 2004.
More recently he co-authored (with John Brand and Felicity Steadman) Commercial Mediation: A User’s Guide (Juta, 2012). Chambers and Partners 2015 ranked Chris in Band 1 for employment law. He has also been ranked as “leading lawyer” by Legal 500 2015.

HR professionals and line managers responsible for staff in South Africa

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Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

Technology is bringing about seismic shifts in how we communicate on both a personal and business level. This is particularly evident in how learning is consumed and JSB is committed to delivering its L&D services in a way that optimises all appropriate technology.

In each case participants receive a documentation pack which includes any presentation material alongside a supporting narrative giving useful background information.

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Face-to-face attendance

The most valuable form of learning delivery continues to be the face-to-face classroom-based event. Engaging with expert speakers and fellow participants in relaxed two-way discussion in a distraction-free environment offers a valuable and practical learning experience.

All JSB programmes take place in top venues in central London and participants report that they greatly value the opportunities that these events provide for learning and networking.

Virtual classroom participation

We frequently welcome participants from overseas to our London events. However, we recognise that HR professionals who are responsible for managing workforces in these countries will not always be able to make the financial and time investment necessary to attend JSB events when they run in London. You will have the opportunity to submit questions to the speaker throughout the event and will get access to the slides and documentation in exactly the same way as those in the room. All you need is a standard domestic broadband connection.

On demand access

Should you find that you can’t wait until the next event on your chosen topic, you can access a full recording of a recent live event. Again, full slides and documentation will be provided. This is an option for those who cannot attend an event on a particular day. Moreover if the learning is to be of practical value it is often the case that even those who participated on the day welcome the opportunity of accessing the material in the weeks and months following the event. It’s a great way to share content with colleagues too.

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