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.