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Department of Labour/CCMA roadshows on labour law amendments enter last stretch

Department of Labour/CCMA roadshows on labour law amendments enter last stretch

The Department of Labour in partnership with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will host the last in a series of labour law amendments sessions designed to educate stakeholders on the implications of the amended laws.  

The roadshows are targeted at employer organisations, trade unions, academics, human resource practitioners and the public at large.

Next week roadshows will be held on (02 March) at Kat Leisure Osner Hotel Office Suites Kennaway Hotel Esplanade in East London; (03 March) at ETC Conference Centre Spondo Street at Struandale in Port Elizabeth; (05 March) at Safari Lodge Hotel & Convention Centre 1 Donkerhoek Road in Rustenburg; culminating on (06 March) at the CSIR Conference Centre in Meiring Naude Road in Pretoria.

All roadshow presentations start at 9am-13:00. Sessions have been held in Cape Town, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Durban, Polokwane and Mbombela.

The key labour laws that were recently reviewed, and were now in force include:

  • The Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act (no 20 of 2013) – which was assented and gazetted on 9th December 2013 and promulgated on 1st September 2014.
  • Employment Equity Amendment Act (no 47 of 2013) assented and gazetted on 16th January 2014 and promulgated on 1st August 2014.
  • Labour Relations Amendment Act (no 6 of 2014) assented and gazetted on 18thAugust 2014.  Promulgation to follow.
  • Employment Services Act (no 4 of 2014) assented and gazetted on 7th April 2014. Promulgation expected to follow on April 2015.

The presentations focus on the protections of vulnerable workers; broad changes in regard to temporary employment which is now limited to a period not exceeding three months; unfair discrimination and issues relating to equal pay for work of equal value; the regulation of labour brokers and, enhancement of the labour market institutions such as the CCMA and labour courts.

There is also a special presentation on the newly-developed Employment Services Act – that regulates the placement of work seekers and recruitment of foreign skills.


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