In modern employment contracts, restraint of trade clauses are commonly inserted to protect the employer’s proprietary interests. The purpose thereof is to prohibit an employee for a specified period and prescribed geographical area from taking up employment with a direct competitor.

Employers need to be wary of employees who breach restraint of trade clauses and

This blog was co-authored by Likho Chitha, Candidate Attorney

On 1 February 2024, the Minister of Employment and Labour increased the national minimum wage by 8.5% from R25.42 to R27.58 for each ordinary hour worked from 1 March 2024.

The increase will apply to most workers, including farm workers and domestic workers whose minimum

In February 2023 the Labour Court delivered judgment in a review of an arbitration award of the CCMA. The employees concerned were charged and dismissed for gross insubordination when they refused to obey the instruction of their manager to work overtime. The CCMA found the dismissals to be substantively fair.

During evidence at the arbitration

On Friday, 12 May 2023, the Minister of Employment and Labour (the Minister) published the long-promised sectoral targets.  The draft sectoral targets can be viewed here.

The draft sectoral targets follow on the President signing the Employment Equity Amendment Act, 2022 (the Amendment Act) into law on 14 April 2023.

The Amendment Act introduces

This blog was co-authored by Muhammad Mirza, Trainee Associate

On 20 February 2023, the Labour Court found that historical knowledge and information obtained by an employee during her employment with her former employer, did not constitute trade secrets or a protectable interest. The former employee (employee) was therefore free to work for the applicant’s

This blog was co-authored by Jessica Blunden, Candidate Attorney

The recent judgment in Ashton International College Ballito (Pty) Ltd v Erasmus and Another serves as a deterrent to practitioners and clients not to copy and paste clauses obtained from precedents into agreements without proper thought and it emphasises the need for accurate drafting. 

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