The Protection From Harassment Act – How does it affect the workplace?

The above act (Protection From Harassment Act) came into legal effect on the 27th April 2013, mainly to provide extra protection from harassment for victims of stalkers and protection from sexual harassment. The act also caters for domestic violence but can also affect the workplace.

Harassment”, briefly, means to directly engage in conduct that causes [...]

Labour Legislation Alert: New Code on HIV/AIDS

Last month, on the 15 June 2012, the South African Minister of Labour issued a revised Code of Good Practice on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work in terms of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998: as published in GN 451 in Government Gazette 35435.

The preamble emphasises that the Code, in [...]

Workplace Bullying is Harassment!

A letter to the Sunday Times yesterday (5th January 2012) dealt with an employee who believed her boss “to be from hell”. She (or, perhaps, he) expanded with comments such as “intent on sabotaging me at every turn; making my working life impossible; tells me of meetings five minutes beforehand; then requires [...]