South Africa’s labour law framework comes with peculiarities. It 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. Labour lawyers and employment lawyers must remain keenly aware of factors such as low skills levels and the mandate to advance equitable representation in the workplace. It becomes clear that in this environment, regulatory compliance and effective management of labour & employment issues are of cardinal importance for business.

The Werksmans Labour & Employment Practice 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 our labour lawyers and employment lawyers 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.

A TEAM OF SPECIALISTS EXPERTLY NAVIGATING INDUSTRY COMPLEXITIES

Depending on the client’s requirements, the team may be requested to assist with organisational or pension fund restructuring, advise on collective bargaining issues, draft employment contracts and agreements, or 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. Our services include M&A employment-related issues; employment agreements, policies and procedures; health and safety legislation advice; and litigation and private dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration).

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