Both the LRA and BCEA Amendment bills were passed by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) yesterday.
The BCEA Amendment bill was passed unchanged.
With regards to the LRA Amendment bill, the NCOP recommended a few minor changes. The most important change affords an employer 3 months after the commencement of the new Act to treat part time employees “on the whole not less favourable” than its comparable full time employees doing the same or similar work.
Because of these further amendments the LRA bill will be sent back to the National Assemble for approval but it is unlikely that there will be any further changes.
Once the President has assented to the bills it will be published in the Government Gazette and will become law on a date determined by the President.
As always you are welcome to discuss any concerns or questions that you may have with your Norton Rose Fulbright contact.