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Can Employers Justify Compelling Employees to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?
ENSafrica, February 2021

South African law currently does not have any legislation that specifically requires employees to take the COVID-19 vaccination. The president was also emphatic that no one would be forced to take the vaccination, which is being rolled out in a governmental attempt to vaccinate 67% of the population (approximately 40-million people in South Africa)...

Labour Court Hands Down New Judgment on Business Rescue
ENSafrica, February 2021

The South African Airways (“SAA”) saga continues, with another Labour Court judgment handed down on 8 February 2021. Given the financially parlous position that SAA has been in, even throughout its business rescue proceedings, the Department of Public Enterprises (“DPE”), SAA’s sole shareholder and sole lender, offered SAA employees a salary settlement agreement...

Clarity on B-BBEE Annual Reporting Obligations for JSE-Listed Companies, But More is Needed
ENSafrica, February 2021

Over the last few years, companies listed on both the primary and secondary market of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (“JSE”), have been obliged to comply with increasingly onerous and often unclear reporting obligations in respect of the status of their transformation. On 3 February 2021, the B-BBEE Commission offered some clarity, however, there are still uncertainties that need to be addressed for many JSE-listed companies to overcome reporting challenges...

POPIA: What you Need to Know About the Role of the Information Officer
ENSafrica, February 2021

With the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 ("POPIA") deadline closing in on 1 July 2021, many organisations are starting to feel the mounting pressure of becoming compliant with POPIA. A good starting point in any POPIA compliance journey is the appointment of an Information Officer for your organisation.   Who is the Information Officer? POPIA, by default, designates the head of any private body as the Information Officer...

New South African National Minimum Wage and Earnings Threshold
ENSafrica, February 2021

On 8 February 2021, two significant developments took place in the employment law arena. These will have far-reaching implications for employers and employees alike. New earnings threshold First, the so-called “earnings threshold” has been increased for the first time since July 2014. Previously the earnings threshold was ZAR205 433.30. As from 1 March 2021, the new earnings threshold will be ZAR211 596.30 per year (approximately ZAR17 633.00 per month)...

South African Employers: Are your Employees as Excited about the COVID-19 Vaccine as You Are?
ENSafrica, January 2021

The government’s recent announcement of its plan to roll-out the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine nationwide has triggered many questions and concerns, highlighting a collision of seemingly conflicting rights and obligations in various spheres of life. With the first vaccines arriving on our shores on 1 February 2021, there are likely some employees out there who are not as excited about the arrival of the vaccine as their employers are...

UIF Does a Payment Re-Run and Gives Clarity on COVID-19 TERS Benefits Over the Festive Season
ENSafrica, January 2021

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (“UIF”) has shed some light on what will happen to existing and outstanding COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (“TERS”) applications and payments, particularly over the festive season. We discuss the must-knows for employers below...

Battling COVID-19: Mechanisms for Access to Antiviral Products and Diagnostics
ENSafrica, November 2020

IP landscape While the world is in the grip of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the patenting of pharmaceutical and biological compositions and the launch of generic products is even more hotly debated than before, particularly in the world's developing and least-developed countries...

Excessive Processing of Employee Personal Information: A Warning to South African Employers
ENSafrica, October 2020

A recent decision in Germany has resulted in a hefty fine being imposed on an employer for violations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”). The decision is a strong warning to South African employers to not overprocess their employees’ information...

Mauritius: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Data Protection
ENSafrica, May 2020

On 17 April 2020, the Mauritius Data Protection Office (the “DPO”) published a guide on data protection in the context of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The DPO, as the enforcing authority under the Data Protection Act (the “Act”), has reiterated that all organisations involved in the processing of data should continue to comply with all their obligations under the Act...

Mauritius: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Financial Institutions
ENSafrica, April 2020

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the incidental measures adopted by the Mauritian government represent serious potential impact for financial institutions in general. Below, we examine the recourses available to borrowers facing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic and its aftermath. We consider only credit facilities, that is, agreements by which financial institutions advance money to their clients for repayment either in instalments or at term...

When Should the Labour Court Intervene in a Retrenchment Process?
ENSafrica, April 2020

Economists predict that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will lead to retrenchments on an unprecedented scale on the back of an already weak economy. It is likely that unions, when confronted with proposals to retrench, will approach the consultation process envisaged in section 189 and section 189A of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (“LRA”) with more rigour. Section 189A(13) Of importance in this regard is section 189A(13) of the LRA...

ENSafrica: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Legal Update
ENSafrica, April 2020

employment Update to C19 TERS and tax treatment of C19 TERS benefit Lauren Salt (ENSafrica Employment) and Arnaaz Camay (ENSafrica Tax) summarise the latest amendments to the COVID-19 Temporary Relief Scheme (“C19 TERS”), 2020 directive. They also consider the tax implications of C19 TERS benefits. Clickhereto read the full article...

South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - How to Avoid Vicarious Liability for Data Protection Breaches by Employees in an Online Environment during Lockdowns
ENSafrica, April 2020

The UK’s highest court recently ruled that Morrisons, a supermarket group, was not vicariously liable for the criminal act of an employee with a grudge who leaked the payroll data of about 100 000 members of staff. Many companies sighed in relief on hearing that the Supreme Court of Appeal did not hold Morrisons vicariously liable...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: A Non-Exhaustive List of Recent Measures Aimed at Curbing the Spread of Coronavirus
ENSafrica, April 2020

World: The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted all destinations worldwide to introduce restrictions on travel, research by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has found. This represents the most severe restriction on international travel in history and no country has so far lifted restrictions introduced in response to the crisis. Following up on previous research, the latest data from the United Nations specialised agency for tourism shows that 100% of destinations now have restrictions in place...

Brexit: Trade Mark Update
ENSafrica, April 2020

If you have been keeping a close eye on the ongoing discussions relating to Brexit, you will recall our earlier ENSight where we reported that the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (“UKIPO”) provided some clarity on how European Union (“EU”) trade mark registrations will be treated on Brexit...

South Africa: Update to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) TERS and Tax Treatment of C19 TERS Benefit
ENSafrica, April 2020

In light of President Ramaphosa’s announcement of a phased approach to the end of lockdown, many businesses will still be required to remain closed (or partially closed) after 30 April 2020. With this in mind, many employers will still require assistance from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Temporary Relief Scheme (“C19TERS”)...

South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Privacy Concerns in your School
ENSafrica, April 2020

In light of the declaration of a national state of disaster as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is now likely that schools and further learning institutions in South Africa will remain closed for the foreseeable future (even after the national lockdown period) and online teaching will be inevitable. However, privacy, data protection and security are critical when teachers and learners are working remotely due to the higher risk of personal data breaches...

The Phhasing-Out of LIBOR: A Helpful Guide to the “Must-Have” Features of Contractual Fall-back Language
ENSafrica, April 2020

Market participants are undertaking significant work to prepare for a transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”). The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the UK has made it clear that the publication and dissemination of LIBOR cannot be guaranteed after 2021. The launch and reform of preferred alternative reference rates to USD LIBOR and GBP LIBOR are important steps in this transition journey...

South African Crypto Asset Regulatory Framework Proposed
ENSafrica, April 2020

The Crypto Assets Regulatory Working Group (“CAR WG”) of the Intergovernmental Fintech Working Group (“IFWG”) has released its long-anticipated position paper on crypto assets. The position paper proposes that a clear regulatory policy for crypto assets be adopted in South Africa. However, it is still recommend that crypto assets not be regarded as legal tender or public money...

ENSafrica: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Legal Update
ENSafrica, April 2020

banking and finance Financial services under lockdown ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance team summarises some of the latest COVID-19 related regulatory amendments and updates pertaining to financial services. They also highlight some remaining areas of uncertainty. Here is the full article...

South Africa: Water and Sanitation Emergency Procurement COVID-19 Disaster Response Directions Published
ENSafrica, April 2020

In recognition of the ability to detect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in sewage and the critical role of basic hygiene in combatting COVID-19, the Minister of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has published directions in terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002. The Directions implement the emergency procurement of water supply and sanitation services to identified areas to combat the spread of COVID-19...

New Directives from the Chief Justice, Supplementary Directives from the Gauteng Judge President and Directions from the SCA in regard to litigating during lockdown
ENSafrica, April 2020

In order to provide guidance to litigators in navigating the national state of disaster, the Chief Justice has issued two sets of directives that apply to all courts across the country. The first was issued on 17March2020, and contained provisions restricting the number of people allowed in courts and implemented decontamination and social distancing protocols. The second was issued on 17 April 2020, and is to be read in conjunction with the initial directive...

South Africa: Water and Sanitation Emergency Procurement COVID-19 Disaster Response Directions published
ENSafrica, April 2020

In recognition of the ability to detect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in sewage and the critical role of basic hygiene in combatting COVID-19, the Minister of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation published directions. THese directions,  published on 15 April 2020, are in reference to the Disaster Management Act, 2002...

South Africa: amendments to the lockdown regulations: take-home points for employers
ENSafrica, April 2020

On 16 April 2020, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs issued a notice which amended several material aspects of the lockdown regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002...

 

 

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