Labour & Employment

Labour & Employment

South Africa’s labour law framework is arguably more complex than that of most other nations as a result of the country’s political heritage and the emphasis on protecting core employee rights; addressing low skills levels; and advancing equitable representation in the workplace. In this environment, regulatory compliance and effective management of labour and employment issues are of cardinal importance for business.

The Werksmans Labour & Employment lawyers has a robust track record in advising the corporate community on all employment, health and safety and pension fund issues, with a special focus on dispute resolution and commercial transactions with an impact on employees. Examples of such transactions are mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the sale of companies or outsourcing arrangements, all of which typically have implications for employee pensions, benefits or conditions of service.

A significant portion of the advisory work undertaken by the team involves advising multinational clients on the appointment and termination of executives; the restructuring of local operations; and the management and resolution of employee related disputes.

Depending on the client’s requirements, our labour or employment lawyers may be requested to assist with organisational or pension fund restructuring; advise on collective bargaining issues; draft employment contracts and agreements; and help develop and implement fair, commercially viable policies and procedures.

The Labour & Employment team’s experience in the area of dispute resolution spans the spectrum of private and statutory forums and mechanisms, including bargaining councils; the Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration; the civil and labour courts; and the pension funds adjudicator.


  • M&A employment related issues
  • Employment agreements, and policies and procedures
  • General employment advice
  • Health and safety legislation advice
  • Litigation and private dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration)
  • Organisational restructuring
  • Pension fund law
  • Public law employment related issues
  • Regulatory advice
  • Transferring and outsourcing of businesses
  • Workplace audits
  • Workplace employment equity and discrimination issues
  • Workplace discipline and counselling
  • Collective bargaining
  • Workplace training

Contact Director Anastasia Vatalidis, Head of our Labour & Employment practice area.

View our Labour & Employment practice area overview