Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997

Act 75 of 1997

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South Africa

Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997

Act 75 of 1997

  • Published in Government Gazette 18491 on 5 December 1997
  • Assented to on 26 November 1997
  • There are multiple commencements
  • Provisions Status
    Chapter Two, section 6(3), 6(4); Chapter Six (section 43–48); Chapter Eight (section 51–58); Chapter Nine (section 59–62); Chapter Ten, Part A, section 63, section 64–65 commenced on 21 March 1998 by Proclamation R26 of 1998.
    Chapter One (section 1–5); Chapter Two, section 6(1), 6(2), section 7, section 8–18; Chapter Three (section 19–27); Chapter Four (section 28–35); Chapter Five (section 36–42); Chapter Seven (section 49–50); Chapter Ten, Part A, section 66–73; Part B (section 74–77); Part C (section 78–81); Chapter Eleven (section 82–96) commenced on 1 December 1998 by Proclamation 112 of 1998.
    Chapter One, section 3(1)(a), 3(1)(c); Chapter Two, section 10(1A), 10(6); Chapter Four, section 34A, section 35(5)(c); Chapter Five, section 37(2)(a), 37(2)(b); Chapter Seven, section 50(2A); Chapter Eight, section 55(6)(d); Chapter Ten, Part A, section 68(1A), section 69(3)(a), 69(3)(b); Part B, section 77A; Chapter Eleven, section 83(1)(a), 83(1)(b), section 83A, section 87(4) commenced on 28 February 2003.
    Chapter Four, section 33A; Chapter Six, section 44(1A); Chapter Eight, section 55(4)(b)(i), 55(4)(b)(ii), 55(4)(o), 55(4)(p), 55(8); Chapter Ten, Part A, section 68(3), section 69(2A), section 73(2)(a), 73(2)(b), 73(2)(c); Part B, section 74(2A), section 77(1A) commenced on 1 September 2014.
    Chapter Two, section 9A; Chapter Eight, section 51(3), 51(4), 51(5); Chapter Ten, Part A, section 62A, section 64(1)(dA), 64(1)(dB), section 69(6), section 73A; Part B, section 76A; Part C, section 80(6) commenced on 1 January 2019.
    Chapter Three, section 25A–25C; Chapter Seven, section 49(1)(dA), 49(1)(dB), 49(1)(dC) commenced on 1 January 2020.
  • [This is the version of this document from 1 January 2020.]
  1. [Amended by Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997: Amendment of Schedule Three (Government Notice R195 of 2000) on 25 February 2000]
  2. [Amended by Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 2002 (Act 11 of 2002) on 1 August 2002]
  3. [Amended by Intelligence Services Act, 2002 (Act 65 of 2002) on 20 February 2003]
  4. [Amended by Electronic Communications Security (Pty) Ltd Act, 2002 (Act 68 of 2002) on 28 February 2003]
  5. [Amended by General Intelligence Laws Amendment Act, 2003 (Act 52 of 2003) on 28 February 2003]
  6. [Amended by Skills Development Amendment Act, 2008 (Act 37 of 2008) on 6 April 2009]
  7. [Amended by General Intelligence Laws Amendment Act, 2013 (Act 11 of 2013) on 29 July 2013]
  8. [Amended by Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 2013 (Act 20 of 2013) on 1 September 2014]
  9. [Amended by Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 2018 (Act 7 of 2018) on 1 January 2019]
  10. [Amended by Labour Laws Amendment Act, 2018 (Act 10 of 2018) on 1 January 2020]
(English text signed by the President.)ACTTo give effect to the right to fair labour practices referred to in section 23(1) of the Constitution by establishing and making provision for the regulation of basic conditions of employment; and thereby to comply with the obligations of the Republic as a member state of the International Labour Organisation; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa as follows:—

Chapter One
Definitions, purpose and application of this Act

1. Definitions

In this Act, unless the context indicates otherwise—"adoption order" means an adoption order as envisaged in the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005);[definition of "adoption order" inserted by section 1(a) of Act 10 of 2018]"adoptive parent" has the meaning assigned to it in section 1 of the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005);[definition of "adoptive parent" inserted by section 1(a) of Act 10 of 2018]"agreement" includes a collective agreement;"area" includes any number of areas, whether or not contiguous;"bargaining council" means a bargaining council registered in terms of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, and, in relation to the public service, includes the bargaining councils referred to in section 35 of that Act;"basic conditions of employment" means a provision of this Act or sectoral determination that stipulates a minimum term or condition of employment, and includes the national minimum wage;[definition of "basic conditions of employment" substituted by section 1(a) of Act 7 of 2018]"CCMA" means the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration established in terms of section 112 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;"child" means a person who is under 18 years of age;"code of good practice" means a code of good practice issued by the Minister in terms of section 87 of this Act;"collective agreement" means a written agreement concerning terms and conditions of employment or any other matter of mutual interest concluded by one or more registered trade unions, on the one hand and, on the other hand—(a)one or more employers;(b)one or more registered employers’ organisations; or(c)one or more employers and one or more registered employers’ organisation;"Commission" means the National Minimum Wage Commission established by section 8 of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018;[definition of "Commission" substituted by section 1(b) of Act 7 of 2018]"compliance order" means a compliance order issued by a labour inspector in terms of section 69(1);"Constitution" means the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996);"council" includes a bargaining council and a statutory council;"Department" means the Department of Labour;"Director-General" means the Director-General of Labour;"dispute" includes an alleged dispute;"domestic worker" means an employee who performs domestic work in the home of his or her employer and includes—(a)a gardener;(b)a person employed by a household as driver of a motor vehicle: and(c)a person who takes care of children, the aged, the sick, the frail or the disabled,but does not include a farm worker;"employee" means—(a)any person, excluding an independent contractor, who works for another person or for the State and who receives, or is entitled to receive, any remuneration; and(b)any other person who in any manner assists in carrying on or conducting the business of an employer,and "employed" and "employment" have a corresponding meaning;11Employee” is given a specific meaning in section 8X1)."employers' organisation" means any number of employers associated together for the purpose, whether by itself or with other purposes, of regulating relations between employers and employees or trade unions;"employment law" includes this Act, any other Act the administration of which has been assigned to the Minister, and any of the following Acts:(a)The Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (Act No. 63 of 2001);(b)the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No. 97 of 1998);(c)the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No. 55 of 1998);(d)the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993); and(e)the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act No. 130 of 1993);[definition of "employment law" substituted by section 1 of Act 11 of 2002, by section 1(c) of Act 7 of 2018 and by section 1(b) of Act 10 of 2018]"farm worker" means an employee who is employed mainly in or in connection with farming activities, and includes an employee who wholly or mainly performs domestic work in a home on a farm;"Labour Appeal Court" means the Labour Appeal Court established by section 167 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;"Labour Court" means the Labour Court established by section 151 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;"labour inspector" means a labour inspector appointed under section 63, and includes any person designated by the Minister under that section to perform any function of a labour inspector;"Labour Relations Act, 1995" means the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995);"medical practitioner" means a person entitled to practise as a medical practitioner in terms of section 17 of the Medical, Dental and Supplementary Health Service Professions Act, 1974 (Act No. 56 of 1974);"midwife" means a person registered or enrolled to practise as a midwife in terms of section 16 of the Nursing Act, 1978 (Act No. 50 of 1978);"Minister" means the Minister of Labour;"month" means a calendar month;"national minimum wage" means the national minimum wage envisaged in section 4 of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018;[definition of "national minimum wage" inserted by section 1(d) of Act 7 of 2018]"NEDLAC" means the National Economic, Development and Labour Council established by section 2 of the National Economic, Development and Labour Council Act, 1994 (Act No. 35 of 1994);"ordinary hours of work" means the hours of work permitted in terms of section 9 or in terms of any agreement in terms of sections 11 or 12;"overtime" means the time that an employee works during a day or a week in excess of ordinary hours of work;"prescribe" means to prescribe by regulation and "prescribed" has a corresponding meaning;"prospective adoptive parent" means a person who complies with the requirements set out in section 231(2) of the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005);[definition of "prospective adoptive parent" inserted by section 1(c) of Act 10 of 2018]"public holiday" means any day that is a public holiday in terms of the Public Holidays Act, 1994 (Act No. 36 of 1994);"public service" means the public service referred to in section 1(1) of the Public Service Act, 1994 (Proclamation No. 103 of 1994), and includes any organisational component contemplated in section 7(4) of that Act and specified in the first column of Schedule 2 to that Act, but excluding—(a)the members of the National Defence Force;(b)[paragraph (b) amended by section 26 of Act 68 of 2002 and deleted by section 54 of Act 11 of 2013](c)[paragraph (c) deleted by section 54 of Act 11 of 2013](d)[paragraph (d) added by section 40 of Act 65 of 2002 and deleted by section 54 of Act 11 of 2013](e)[paragraph (e) added as paragraph (d) by section 26 of Act 68 of 2002 and as paragraph (e) by section 25(2) of Act 52 of 2003 and deleted by section 54 of Act 11 of 2013]"registered employers’ organisation" means an employers' organisation registered under section 96 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;"registered trade union" means a trade union registered under section 96 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;"remuneration" means any payment in money or in kind, or both in money and in kind, made or owing to any person in return for that person working for any other person, including the State, and "remunerate" has a corresponding meaning; 22"Remuneration" is given a specific meaning in section 35(5)."sector" means an industry or a service or a part of an industry or a service and, in respect of a sectoral determination made in terms of section 55(8), means the employers and employees covered by that determination;[definition of "sector" substituted by section 1(a) of Act 20 of 2013]"sectoral determination" means a sectoral determination made under Chapter Eight;"senior managerial employee" means an employee who has the authority to hire, discipline and dismiss employees and to represent the employer internally and externally;"serve" means to send by electronic mail, registered post, telegram, telefax or deliver by hand or any prescribed method of service;[definition of "serve" substituted by section 1(b) of Act 20 of 2013]"statutory council" means a council established under Part E of Chapter III of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;"temporary' employment service" means any person who, for reward, procures for, or provides to, a client, other persons—(a)who render services to, or perform work for, the client; and(b)who are remunerated by the temporary employment service;"this Act" includes the Schedules and any regulation made under this Act, but does not include the headings or footnotes;"trade union’" means an association of employees whose principal purpose is to regulate relations between employees and employers, including any employers’ organisations;"trade union official" includes an official of a federation of trade unions;"trade union representative" means a trade union representative who is entitled to exercise the rights contemplated in section 14 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;"Unemployment Insurance Act" means the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (Act No. 63 of 2001);[definition of "Unemployment Insurance Act" inserted by section 1(e) of Act 7 of 2018]"Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act" means the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act, 2002 (Act No. 4 of 2002);[definition of "Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act" inserted by section 1(e) of Act 7 of 2018]"wage" means the amount of money paid or payable to an employee in respect of ordinary hours of work or, if they are shorter, the hours an employee ordinarily works in a day or week;"week" in relation to an employee, means the period of seven days within which the working week of that employee ordinarily falls;"workplace" means any place where employees work;"workplace forum" means a workplace forum established under Chapter V of the Labour Relations Act, 1995.

2. Purpose of this Act

The purpose of this Act is to advance economic development and social justice by fulfilling the primary objects of this Act which are—
(a)to give effect to and regulate the right to fair labour practices conferred by section 23(1) of the Constitution
(i)by establishing and enforcing basic conditions of employment; and
(ii)by regulating the variation of basic conditions of employment;
(b)to give effect to obligations incurred by the Republic as a member state of the International Labour Organisation.

3. Application of this Act

(1)This Act applies to all employees and employers except—
(a)members of the State Security Agency;[paragraph (a) substituted by section 40 of Act 65 of 2002 and amended by section 26 of Act 68 of 2002 and substituted by section 54 of Act 11 of 2013]
(b)unpaid volunteers working for an organisation serving a charitable purpose.
(c)[paragraph (c) added by section 26 of Act 68 of 2002 and by section 25(2) of Act 52 of 2003 and deleted by section 54 of Act 11 of 2013]
(2)This Act applies to persons undergoing vocational training except to the extent that any term or condition of their employment is regulated by the provisions of any other law.
(3)This Act, except section 41, section 62A and chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6, do not apply to persons employed on vessels at sea in respect of which the Merchant Shipping Act, 1951 (Act No. 57 of 1951), applies, except to the extent provided for in a sectoral determination and the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, read with section 62A.[section 3 substituted by section 2 of Act 7 of 2018]

4. Inclusion of provisions in contracts of employment

A basic condition of employment constitutes a term of any contract of employment except to the extent that—
(a)any other law provides a term that is more favorable to the employee;
(b)the basic condition of employment has been replaced, varied, or excluded in accordance with the provisions of this Act; or
(c)a term of the contract of employment is more favorable to the employee than the basic condition of employment.

5. This Act not affected by agreements

This Act or anything done under it takes precedence over any agreement, whether entered into before or after the commencement of this Act.

Chapter Two
Regulation of working time

6. Application of this Chapter

(1)This Chapter, except section 7, does not apply to—
(a)senior managerial employees;
(b)employees engaged as sales staff who travel to the premises of customers and who regulate their own hours of work;
(c)employees who work less than 24 hours a month for an employer.
(2)Sections 9, 10(1), 14(1), 15(1), 17(2) and 18(1) do not apply to work which is required to be done without delay owing to circumstances for which the employer could not reasonably have been expected to make provision and which cannot be performed by employees during their ordinary hours of work.
(3)The Minister must, on the advice of the Commission, make a determination that excludes the application of this Chapter or any provision of it to any category of employees earning in excess of an amount stated in that determination.
(4)Before the Minister issues a notice in terms of subsection (3), the Minister must—
(a)publish in the Gazette a draft of the proposed notice; and
(b)invite interested persons to submit written representations on the proposed notice within a reasonable period.

7. Regulation of working time

Every employer must regulate the working time of each employee
(a)in accordance with the provisions of any Act governing occupational health and safety;
(b)with due regard to the health and safety of employees;
(c)with due regard to the Code of Good Practice on the Regulation of Working Time3 issued under section 87(1)(a); and3The Code of Good Practice issued by the Minister of Labour under section 87(1)(a) will contain provisions concerning the arrangement of work and, in particular, its impact upon the health, safety and welfare of employees. Issues that would be included are shift work, night work, rest periods during working time, family responsibilities and work by children.
(d)with due regard to the family responsibilities of employees.

8. Interpretation of day

For the purposes of sections 9 to 16, 'day' means a period of 24 hours measured from the time when the employee normally commences work, and 'daily' has a corresponding meaning.[section 8 substituted by section 2 of Act 11 of 2002]

9. Ordinary hours of work

(1)Subject to this Chapter, an employer may not require or permit an employee to work more than—
(a)45 hours in any week; and
(b)nine hours in any day if the employee works for five days or fewer in a week; or
(c)eight hours in any day if the employee works on more than five days in a week.
(2)An employee’s ordinary hours of work in terms of subsection (1) may by agreement be extended by Up to 15 minutes in a day but not more than 60 minutes in a week to enable an employee whose duties include serving members of the public to continue performing those duties after the completion of ordinary hours of work.
(3)Schedule 1 establishes procedures for the progressive reduction of the maximum ordinary hours of work to a maximum of 40 ordinary hours of work per week and eight ordinary hours of work per day.

9A. Daily wage payment

(1)An employee or a worker as defined in section 1 of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, who works for less than four hours on any day must be paid for four hours work on that day.
(2)This section applies to employees or workers who earn less than the earnings threshold set by the Minister in terms of section 6(3).
[section 9A inserted by section 3 of Act 7 of 2018]

10. Overtime

(1)Subject to this Chapter, an employer may not require or permit an employee to work—
(a)overtime except in accordance with an agreement;
(b)more than ten hours' overtime a week.
[subsection (1) substituted by section 3(a) of Act 11 of 2002]
(1A)An agreement in terms of subsection (1) may not require or permit an employee to work more than 12 hours on any day.[subsection (1A) inserted by section 3(b) of Act 11 of 2002]
(2)An employer must pay an employee at least one and one-half times the employee’s wage for overtime worked.
(3)Despite subsection (2), an agreement may provide for an employer to—
(a)pay an employee not less than the employee’s ordinary wage for overtime worked and grant the employee at least 30 minutes’ time off on full pay for every hour of overtime worked; or
(b)grant an employee at least 90 minutes’ paid time off for each hour of overtime worked.
(4)
(a)An employer must grant paid time off in terms of subsection (3) within one month of the employee becoming entitled to it.
(b)An agreement in writing may increase the period contemplated by paragraph (a) to 12 months.
(5)An agreement concluded in terms of subsection (1) with an employee when the employee commences employment, or during the first three months of employment, lapses after one year.
(6)
(a)A collective agreement may increase the maximum permitted overtime to 15 hours a week.
(b)A collective agreement contemplated in paragraph (a) may not apply for more than two months in any period of 12 months.
[subsection (6) added by section 3(c) of Act 11 of 2002]

11. Compressed working week

(1)An agreement in writing may require or permit an employee to work up to twelve hours in a day, inclusive of the meal intervals required in terms of section 14, without receiving overtime pay.
(2)An agreement in terms of subsection (1) may not require or permit an employee to work—
(a)more than 45 ordinary hours of work in any week;
(b)more than ten hours’ overtime in any week; or
(c)on more than five days in any week.

12. Averaging of hours of work

(1)Despite sections 9(1) and (2) and 10(1)(b), the ordinary hours of work and overtime of an employee may be averaged over a period of up to four months in terms of a collective agreement.
(2)An employer may not require or permit an employee who is bound by a collective agreement in terms of subsection (1) to work more than—
(u)an average of 45 ordinary hours of work in a week over the agreed period;[Please note: numbering as in original.]
(b)an average of five hours’ overtime in a week over the agreed period.
(3)A collective agreement in terms of subsection (1) lapses after 12 months.
(4)Subsection (3) only applies to the first two collective agreements concluded in terms of subsection (1).

13. Determination of hours of work by Minister

(1)Despite this Chapter, the Minister, on grounds of health and safety, may prescribe by regulation the maximum permitted hours of work, including overtime, that any category of employee may work—
(a)daily, weekly or during any other period specified in the regulation; and
(b)during a continuous period without a break.
(2)A regulation in terms of subsection (1) may not prescribe maximum hours in excess of those permitted in sections 9 and 10.
(3)A regulation in terms of subsection (1) may be made only—
(a)on the advice of the chief inspector appointed in terms of section 27 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993), or the chief inspector appointed in terms of section 48 of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996); and
(b)after consulting the Commission.

14. Meal intervals

(1)An employer must give an employee who works continuously for more than five hours a meal interval of at least one continuous hour.
(2)During a meal interval the employee maybe required or permitted to perform only duties that cannot be left unattended and cannot be performed by another employee.
(3)An employee must be remunerated—
(a)for a meal interval in which the employee is required to work or is required to be available for work; and
(b)for any portion of a meal interval that is in excess of 75 minutes, unless the employee lives on the premises at which the workplace is situated.
(4)For the purposes of subsection (1), work is continuous unless it is interrupted by an interval of at least 60 minutes.
(5)An agreement in writing may—
(a)reduce the meal interval to not less than 30 minutes;
(b)dispense with a meal interval for an employee who works fewer than six hours on a day.

15. Daily and weekly rest period

(1)An employer must allow an employee
(a)a daily rest period of at least twelve consecutive hours between ending and recommencing work; and
(b)a weekly rest period of at least 36 consecutive hours which, unless otherwise agreed, must include Sunday.
(2)A daily rest period in terms of subsection (1)(a) may, by written agreement, be reduced to 10 hours for an employee
(a)who lives on the premises at which the workplace is situated; and
(b)whose meal interval lasts for at least three hours.
(3)Despite subsection (1)(b), an agreement in writing may provide for—
(a)a rest period of at least 60 consecutive hours every two weeks; or
(b)an employee’s weekly rest period to be reduced by up to eight hours in any week if the rest period in the following week is extended equivalently.

16. Pay for work on Sundays

(1)An employer must pay an employee who works on a Sunday at double the employee’s wage for each hour worked, unless the employee ordinarily works on a Sunday, in which case the employer must pay the employee at one and one-half times the employee’s wage for each hour worked.
(2)If an employee works less than the employees ordinary shift on a Sunday and the payment that the employee is entitled to in terms of subsection (1) is less than the employee’s ordinary daily wage, the employer must pay the employee the employee’s ordinary daily wage.
(3)Despite subsections (1) and (2), an agreement may permit an employer to grant an employee who works on a Sunday paid time off equivalent to the difference in value between the pay received by the employee for working on the Sunday and the pay that the employee is entitled to in terms of subsections (1) and (2).
(4)Any time worked on a Sunday by an employee who does not ordinarily work on a Sunday is not taken into account in calculating an employee’s ordinary hours of work in terms of section 9(1) and (2), but is taken into account in calculating the overtime worked by the employee in terms of section 10(1)(b).
(5)If a shift worked by an employee falls on a Sunday and another day, the whole shift is deemed to have been worked on the Sunday, unless the greater portion of the shift was worked on the other day, in which case the whole shift is deemed to have been worked on the other day.
(6)
(a)An employer must grant paid time off in terms of subsection (3) within one month of the employee becoming entitled to it.
(b)An agreement in writing may increase the period contemplated by paragraph (a) to 12 months.

17. Night work

(1)In this section, "night work" means work performed after 18:00 and before 06:00 the next day.
(2)An employer may only require or permit an employee to perform night work, if so agreed, and if—
(a)the employee is compensated by the payment of an allowance, which may be a shift allowance, or by a reduction of working hours; and
(b)transportation is available between the employee’s place of residence and the workplace at the commencement and conclusion of the employee's shift.
(3)An employer who requires an employee to perform work on a regular basis after 23:00 and before 06:00 the next day must—
(a)inform the employee in writing, or orally if the employee is not able to understand a written communication, in a language that the employee understands—
(i)of any health and safety hazards associated with the work that the employee is required to perform; and
(ii)of the employee's right to undergo a medical examination in terms of paragraph (b);
(b)at the request of the employee, enable the employee to undergo a medical examination, for the account of the employer, concerning those hazards—
(i)before the employee starts, or within a reasonable period of the employee starting, such work; and
(ii)at appropriate intervals while the employee continues to perform such work; and
(c)transfer the employee to suitable day work within a reasonable time if—
(i)the employee suffers from a health condition associated with the performance of night work; and
(ii)it is practicable for the employer to do so.
(4)For the purposes of subsection (3), an employee works on a regular basis if the employee works for a period of longer than one hour after 23:00 and before 06:00 at least five times per month or 50 times per year.
(5)The Minister may, after consulting the Commission, make regulations relating to the conduct of medical examinations for employees who perform night work.44Section 90 protects the confidentiality of any medical examination conducted in terms of this Act.

18. Public holidays5

5In terms of section 2(2) of the Public Holidays Act, 1994 (Act No. 36 of 1994), a public holiday is exchangeable for any other day which is fixed by agreement or agreed to between the employer and the employee.
(1)An employer may not require an employee to work on a public holiday except in accordance with an agreement.
(2)If a public holiday falls on a day on which an employee would ordinarily work, an employer must pay—
(a)an employee who does not work on the public holiday, at least the wage that the employee would ordinarily have received for work on that day;
(b)an employee who does work on the public holiday
(i)at least double the amount referred to in paragraph (a); or
(ii)if it is greater, the amount referred to in paragraph (a) plus the amount earned by the employee for the time worked on that day.
(3)If an employee works on a public holiday on which the employee would not ordinarily work, the employer must pay that employee an amount equal to—
(a)the employee’s ordinary daily wage; plus
(b)the amount earned by the employee for the work performed that day, whether calculated by reference to time worked or any other method.
(4)An employer must pay an employee for a public holiday on the employee’s usual pay day.
(5)If a shift worked by an employee falls on a public holiday and another day, the whole shift is deemed to have been worked on the public holiday, but if the greater portion of the shift was worked on the other day, the whole shift is deemed to have been worked on the other day.

Chapter Three
Leave

19. Application of this Chapter

(1)This Chapter does not apply to an employee who works less than 24 hours a month for an employer.
(2)Unless an agreement provides otherwise, this Chapter does not apply to leave granted to an employee in excess of the employee’s entitlement under this Chapter.

20. Annual leave

( 1 )In this Chapter, "annual leave cycle" means the period of 12 months’ employment with the same employer immediate! following—
(a)an employee’s commencement of employment; or
(b)the completion of that employee’s prior leave cycle.
(2)An employer must grant an employee at least—
(a)21 consecutive days’ annual leave on full remuneration in respect of each annual leave cycle; or
(b)by agreement, one day of annual leave on full remuneration for every 17 days on which the employee worked or was entitled to be paid;
(c)by agreement, one hour of annual leave on full remuneration for every 17 hours on which the employee worked or was entitled to be paid.
(3)An employee is entitled to take leave accumulated in an annual leave cycle in terms of subsection (2) on consecutive days.
(4)An employer must grant annual leave not later than six months after the end of the annual leave cycle.
(5)An employer may not require or permit an employee to take annual leave during—
(a)any other period of leave to which the employee is entitled in terms of this Chapter; or
(b)any period of notice of termination of employment.
(6)Despite subsection (5), an employer must permit an employee, at the employee’s written request, to take leave during a period of unpaid leave.
(7)An employer may reduce an employee’s entitlement to annual leave by the number of days of occasional leave on full remuneration granted to the employee at the employee’s request in that leave cycle.
(8)An employer must grant an employee an additional day of paid leave if a public holiday falls on a day during an employee’s annual leave on which the employee would ordinarily have worked.
(9)An employer may not require or permit an employee to work for the employer during any period of annual leave.
(10)Annual leave must be taken—
(a)in accordance with an agreement between the employer and employee; or
(b)if there is no agreement in terms of paragraph (a), at a time determined by the employer in accordance with this section.
(11)An employer may not pay an employee instead of granting paid leave in terms of this section except—
(a)on termination of employment; and
(b)in accordance with section 40(b) and (c).

21. Pay for annual leave

(1)An employer must pay an employee leave pay at least equivalent to the remuneration that the employee would have received for working for a period equal to the period of annual leave, calculated—
(a)at the employee’s rate of remuneration immediately before the beginning of the period of annual leave; and
(b)in accordance with section 35.
(2)An employer must pay an employee leave pay—
(a)before the beginning of the period of leave; or
(b)by agreement, on the employee’s usual pay day.

22. Sick leave

(1)In this Chapter, "sick leave cycle" means the period of 36 months’ employment with the same employer immediately following—
(a)an employee’s commencement of employment; or
(b)the completion of that employee’s prior sick leave cycle.
(2)During every sick leave cycle, an employee is entitled to an amount of paid sick leave equal to the number of days the employee would normally work during a period of six weeks.
(3)Despite subsection (2), during the first six months of employment, an employee is entitled to one day’s paid sick leave for every 26 days worked.
(4)During an employee’s first sick leave cycle, an employer may reduce the employee’s entitlement to sick leave in terms of subsection (2) by the number of days’ sick leave taken in terms of subsection (3).
(5)Subject to section 23, an employer must pay an employee for a day’s sick leave—
(a)the wage the employee would ordinarily have received for work on that day; and
(b)on the employee’s usual pay day.
(6)An agreement may reduce the pay to which an employee is entitled in respect of any day’s absence in terms of this section if—
(a)the number of days of paid sick leave is increased at least commensurately with any reduction in the daily amount of sick pay; and
(b)the employee’s entitlement to pay—
(i)for any day ’s sick leave is at least 75 per cent of the wage payable to the employee for the ordinary hours the employee would have worked on that day; and
(ii)for sick leave over the sick leave cycle is at least equivalent to the employee’s entitlement in terms of subsection (2).

23. Proof of incapacity

(1)An employer is not required to pay an employee in terms of section 22 if the employee has been absent from work for more than two consecutive days or on more than two occasions during an eight-week period and, on request by the employer, does not produce a medical certificate stating that the employee was unable to work for the duration of the employee's absence on account of sickness or injury.
(2)The medical certificate must be issued and signed by a medical practitioner or any other person who is certified to diagnose and treat patients and who is registered with a professional council established by an Act of Parliament.
(3)If it is not reasonably practicable for an employee who lives on the employer’s premises to obtain a medical certificate, the employer may not withhold payment in terms of subsection (1) unless the employer provides reasonable assistance to the employee to obtain the certificate.

24. Application to occupational accidents or diseases

Sections 22 and 23 do not apply to an inability to work caused by an accident or occupational disease as defined in the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act No. 130 of 1993), or the Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Act, 1973 (Act No. 78 of 1973), except in respect of any period during which no compensation is payable in terms of those Acts.

25. Maternity leave6

6In terms of section 187(1)(e) of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, the dismissal of an employee on account of her pregnancy, intended pregnancy, or any reason related to her pregnancy, is automatically unfair. The definition of dismissal in section 186 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, includes the refusal to allow an employee to resume work after she has taken maternity leave in terms of any law, collective agreement or her contract.
(1)An employee is entitled to atleast four consecutive months’ maternity leave.
(2)An employee may commence maternity leave—
(a)at any time from four weeks before the expected date of birth, unless otherwise agreed; or
(b)on a date from which a medical practitioner or a midwife certifies that it is necessary for the employee’s health or that of her unborn child.
(3)No employee may work for six weeks after the birth of her child, unless a medical practitioner or midwife certifies that she is fit to do so.
(4)An employee who has a miscarriage during the third trimester of pregnancy or bears a stillborn child is entitled to maternity leave for six weeks after the miscarriage or stillbirth, whether or not the employee had commenced maternity leave at the time of the miscarriage or stillbirth.
(5)An employee must notify an employer in writing, unless the employee is unable to do so, of the date on which the employee intends to—
(a)commence maternity leave; and
(b)return to work after maternity leave.
(6)Notification in terms of subsection (5) must be given—
(a)at least four weeks before the employee intends to commence maternity leave; or
(b)if it is not reasonably practicable to do so, as soon as is reasonably practicable.
(7)The payment of maternity benefits will be determined by the Minister subject to the provisions of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (Act No. 63 of 2001).[subsection (7) substituted by section 2 of Act 10 of 2018]

25A. Parental leave

(1)An employee, who is a parent of a child, is entitled to at least ten consecutive days parental leave.
(2)An employee may commence parental leave on—
(a)the day that the employee’s child is born; or
(b)the date—
(i)that the adoption order is granted; or
(ii)that a child is placed in the care of a prospective adoptive parent by a competent court, pending the finalisation of an adoption order in respect of that child,
whichever date occurs first.
(3)An employee must notify an employer in writing, unless the employee is unable to do so, of the date on which the employee intends to—
(a)commence parental leave; and
(b)return to work after parental leave.
(4)Notification in terms of subsection (3) must be given—
(a)at least one month before the—
(i)employee’s child is expected to be born; or
(ii)date referred to in subsection 2(b); or
(b)if it is not reasonably practicable to do so, as soon as is reasonably practicable.
(5)The payment of parental benefits will be determined by the Minister, subject to the provisions of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (Act No. 63 of 2001).
[section 25A inserted by section 3 of Act 10 of 2018]

25B. Adoption leave

(1)An employee, who is an adoptive parent of a child who is below the age of two, is subject to subsection (6), entitled to—
(a)adoption leave of at least ten weeks consecutively; or
(b)the parental leave referred to in section 25A.
(2)An employee may commence adoption leave on the date—
(a)that the adoption order is granted; or
(b)that a child is placed in the care of a prospective adoptive parent by a competent court, pending the finalisation of an adoption order in respect of that child,
whichever date occurs first.
(3)An employee must notify an employer in writing, unless the employee is unable to do so, of the date on which the employee intends to—
(a)commence adoption leave; and
(b)return to work after adoption leave.
(4)Notification in terms of subsection (3) must be given—
(a)at least one month before the date referred to in subsection (2); or
(b)if it is not reasonably practicable to do so, as soon as is reasonably practicable.
(5)The payment of adoption benefits will be determined by the Minister, subject to the provisions of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (Act No. 63 of 2001).
(6)If an adoption order is made in respect of two adoptive parents, one of the adoptive parents may apply for adoption leave and the other adoptive parent may apply for the parental leave referred to in section 25A: Provided that the selection of choice must be exercised at the option of the two adoptive parents.
(7)If a competent court orders that a child is placed in the care of two prospective adoptive parents, pending the finalisation of an adoption order in respect of that child, one of the prospective adoptive parents may apply for adoption leave and the other prospective adoptive parent may apply for the parental leave referred to in section 25A: Provided that the selection of choice must be exercised at the option of the two prospective adoptive parents.
[section 25B inserted by section 3 of Act 10 of 2018]

25C. Commissioning parental leave

(1)An employee, who is a commissioning parent in a surrogate motherhood agreement is, subject to subsection (6), entitled to—
(a)commissioning parental leave of at least ten weeks consecutively; or
(b)the parental leave referred to in section 25A.
(2)An employee may commence commissioning parental leave on the date a child is born as a result of a surrogate motherhood agreement.
(3)An employee must notify an employer in writing, unless the employee is unable to do so, of the date on which the employee intends to—
(a)commence commissioning parental leave; and
(b)return to work after commissioning parental leave.
(4)Notification in terms of subsection (3) must be given—
(a)at least one month before a child is expected to be born as a result of a surrogate motherhood agreement; or
(b)if it is not reasonably practicable to do so, as soon as is reasonably practicable.
(5)The payment of commissioning parental benefits will be determined by the Minister, subject to the provisions of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (Act No. 63 of 2001).
(6)If a surrogate motherhood agreement has two commissioning parents, one of the commissioning parents may apply for commissioning parental leave and the other commissioning parent may apply for the parental leave referred to in section 25A: Provided that the selection of choice must be exercised at the option of the two commissioning parents.
(7)In this section, unless the context otherwise indicates—"commissioning parent" has the meaning assigned to it in section 1 of the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005); and"surrogate motherhood agreement" has the meaning assigned to it in section 1 of the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No. 38 of 2005).
[section 25C inserted by section 3 of Act 10 of 2018]

26. Protection of employees before and after birth of a child

(1)No employer may require or permit a pregnant employee or an employee who is nursing her child to perform work that is hazardous to her health or the health of her child.88The Minister must issue a Code of Good Practice on the Protection of Employees during Pregnancy and after the Birth of a Child in terms of section 87(1)(b).
(2)During an employee's pregnancy, and for a period of six months after the birth of her child, her employer must offer her suitable, alternative employment on terms and conditions that are no less favorable than her ordinary terms and conditions of employment, if—
(a)the employee is required to perform night work, as defined in section 17(1) or her work poses a danger to her health or safety or that of her child; and
(b)it is practicable for the employer to do so.

27. Family responsibility leave

(1)This section applies to an employee
(a)who has been in employment with an employer for longer than four months; and
(b)who works for at least four days a week for that employer.
(2)An employer must grant an employee, during each annual leave cycle, at the request of the employee, three days’ paid leave, which the employee is entitled to take—
(a)[paragraph (a) repealed by section 4 of Act 10 of 2018]
(b)when the employee’s child is sick; or
(c)in the event of the death of—
(i)the employee’s spouse or life partner; or
(ii)the employee’s parent, adoptive parent, grandparent, child, adopted child, grandchild or sibling.
(3)Subject to subsection (5), an employer must pay an employee for a day’s family responsibility leave—
(a)the wage the employee would ordinarily have received for work on that day; and
(b)on the employee’s usual pay day.
(4)An employee may take family responsibility leave in respect of the whole or a part of a day.
(5)Before paying an employee for leave in terms of this section, an employer may require reasonable proof of an event contemplated in subsection (2) for which the leave was required.[subsection (5) substituted by section 4 of Act 11 of 2002]
(6)An employee’s unused entitlement to leave in terms of this section lapses at the end of the annual leave cycle in which it accrues.
(7)A collective agreement may vary the number of days and the circumstances under which leave is to be granted in terms of this section.

Chapter Four
Particulars of employment and remuneration

28. Application of this Chapter

(1)This Chapter does not apply to an employee who works less than 24 hours a month for an employer.
(2)Sections 29(1)(n), (o) and (p), 30, 31 and 33 do not apply to—
(a)an employer who employs fewer than five employees; and
(b)[paragraph (b) deleted by section 5 of Act 11 of 2002]

29. Written particulars of employment

(1)An employer must supply an employee, when the employee commences employment, with the following particulars in writing—
(a)the full name and address of the employer;
(b)the name and occupation of the employee, or a brief description of the work for which the employee is employed;
(c)the place of work, and, where the employee is required or permitted to work at various places, an indication of this;
(d)the date on which the employment began;
(e)the employee’s ordinary hours of work and days of work;
(f)the employee’s wage or the rate and method of calculating wages;
(g)the rate of pay for overtime work;
(h)any other cash payments that the employee is entitled to;
(i)any payment in kind that the employee is entitled to and the value of the payment in kind;
(j)how frequently remuneration will be paid;
(k)any deductions to be made from the employee’s remuneration;
(l)the leave to which the employee is entitled;
(m)the period of notice required to terminate employment, or if employment is for a specified period, the date when employment is to terminate;
(n)a description of any council or sectoral determination which covers the employer’s business;
(o)any period of employment with a previous employer that counts towards the employees period of employment;
(p)a list of any other documents that form part of the contract of employment, indicating a place that is reasonably accessible to the employee where a copy of each may be obtained.
(2)When any matter listed in subsection (1) changes—
(a)the written particulars must be revised to reflect the change; and
(b)the employee must be supplied with a copy of the document reflecting the change.
(3)If an employee is not able to understand the written particulars, the employer must ensure that they are explained to the employee in a language and in a manner that the employee understands.
(4)Written particulars in terms of this section must be kept by the employer for a period of three years after the termination of employment.

30. Informing employees of their rights

An employer must display at the workplace where it can be read by employees a statement in the prescribed form of the employee’s rights under this Act in the official languages which are spoken in the workplace.

31. Keeping of records

(1)Every employer must keep a record containing at least the following information:
(a)The employee's name and occupation;
(b)the time worked by each employee;
(c)the remuneration paid to each employee;
(d)the date of birth of any employee under 18 years of age; and
(e)any other prescribed information.
(2)A record in terms of subsection (1) must be kept by the employer for a period of three years from the date of the last entry in the record.
(3)No person may make a false entry in a record maintained in terms of subsection (1).
(4)An employer who keeps a record in terms of this section is not required to keep any other record of time worked and remuneration paid as required by any other employment law.

32. Payment of remuneration

(1)An employer must pay to an employee any remuneration that is paid in money—
(a)in South African currency;
(b)daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly; and
(c)in cash, by cheque or by direct deposit into an account designated by the employee.
(2)Any remuneration paid in cash or by cheque must be given to each employee
(a)at the workplace or at a place agreed to by the employee;
(b)during the employee's working hours or within 15 minutes of the commencement or conclusion of those hours; and
(c)in a sealed envelope which becomes the property of the employee.
(3)An employer must pay remuneration not later than seven days after—
(a)the completion of the period for which the remuneration is payable; or
(b)the termination of the contract of employment.
(4)Subsection (3)(b) does not apply to any pension or provident fund payment to an employee that is made in terms of the rules of the fund.

33. Information about remuneration

(1)An employer must give an employee the following information in writing on each day the employee is paid:
(a)The employer's name and address;
(b)the employee's name and occupation;
(c)the period for which the payment is made;
(d)the employee's remuneration in money;
(e)the amount and purpose of any deduction made from the remuneration;
(f)the actual amount paid to the employee; and
(g)if relevant to the calculation of that employee’s remuneration
(i)the employee's rate of remuneration and overtime rate;
(ii)the number of ordinary and overtime hours worked by the employee during the period for which the payment is made;
(iii)the number of hours worked by the employee on a Sunday or public holiday during that period; and
(iv)if an agreement to average working time has been concluded in terms of section 12, the total number of ordinary and overtime hours worked by the employee in the period of averaging.
(2)The written information required in terms of subsection (1) must be given to each employee
(a)at the workplace or at a place agreed to by the employee; and
(b)during the employee's ordinary working hours or within 15 minutes of the commencement or conclusion of those hours.

33A. Prohibited conduct by employer

(1)An employer must not—
(a)require or accept any payment by or on behalf of an employee or potential employee in respect of the employment of, or the allocation of work to, any employee; or
(b)require an employee or potential employee to purchase any goods, products or services from the employer or from any business or person nominated by the employer.
(2)Subsection (1)(b) does not preclude a provision in a contract of employment or collective agreement in terms of which an employee is required to participate in a scheme involving the purchase of specific goods, products or services, if the purchase is not prohibited by any other statute and—
(a)the employee receives a financial benefit from participating in the scheme; or
(b)the price of any goods, products or services provided through the scheme is fair and reasonable.
[section 33A inserted by section 2 of Act 20 of 2013]

34. Deductions and other acts concerning remuneration

(1)An employer may not make any deduction from an employee’s remuneration unless—
(a)subject to subsection (2), the employee in writing agrees to the deduction in respect of a debt specified in the agreement; or
(b)the deduction is required or permitted in terms of a law, collective agreement, court order or arbitration award.
(2)A deduction in terms of subsection (1)(a) may be made to reimburse an employer for loss or damage only if—
(a)the loss or damage occurred in the course of employment and was due to the fault of the employee;
(b)the employer has followed a fair procedure and has given the employee a reasonable opportunity to show why the deductions should not be made;
(c)the total amount of the debt does not exceed the actual amount of the loss or damage; and
(d)the total deductions from the employee’s remuneration in terms of this subsection do not exceed one-quarter of the employee’s remuneration in money.
(3)A deduction in terms of subsection (1)(a) in respect of any goods purchased by the employee must specify the nature and quantity of the goods.
(4)An employer who deducts an amount from an employee’s remuneration in terms of subsection (1) for payment to another person must pay the amount to the person in accordance with the time period and other requirements specified in the agreement, law, court order or arbitration award.
(5)An employer may not require or permit an employee to—
(a)repay any remuneration except for overpayments previously made by the employer resulting from an error in calculating the employee’s remuneration; or
(b)acknowledge receipt of an amount greater than the remuneration actually received.

34A. Payment of contributions to benefit funds

(1)For the purposes of this section, a benefit fund is a pension, provident, retirement, medical aid or similar fund.
(2)An employer that deducts from an employee's remuneration any amount for payment to a benefit fund must pay the amount to the fund within seven days of the deduction being made.
(3)Any contribution that an employer is required to make to a benefit fund on behalf of an employee, that is not deducted from the employee's remuneration, must be paid to the fund within seven days of the end of the period in respect of which the payment is made.
(4)This section does not affect any obligation on an employer in terms of the rules of a benefit fund to make any payment within a shorter period than that required by subsection (2) or (3).
[section 34A inserted by section 6 of Act 11 of 2002]

35. Calculation of remuneration and wages

(1)An employee's wage is calculated by reference to the number of hours the employee ordinarily works.
(2)For the purposes of calculating the wage of an employee by time, an employee is deemed ordinarily to work—
(a)45 hours in a week, unless the employee ordinarily works a lesser number of hours in a week;
(b)nine hours in a day, or seven and a half hours in the case of an employee who works for more than five days a week, or the number of hours that an employee works in a day in terms of an agreement concluded in accordance with section 11, unless the employee ordinarily works a lesser number of hours in a day.
(3)An employee's monthly remuneration or wage is four and one-third times the employee's weekly remuneration or wage, respectively.
(4)If an employee’s remuneration or wage is calculated, either wholly or in part, on a basis other than time or if an employee’s remuneration or wage fluctuates significantly from period to period, any payment to that employee in terms of this Act must be calculated by reference to the employee’s remuneration or wage during—
(a)the preceding 13 weeks; or
(b)if the employee has been in employment for a shorter period, that period.
(5)
(a)The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, after consultation with the Commission and NEDLAC, determine whether a particular category of payment, whether in money or in kind, forms part of an employee's remuneration for the purpose of any calculation made in terms of this Act.
(b)Without limiting the Minister's powers in terms of paragraph (a), the Minister may—
(i)determine the value, or a formula for determining the value, of any payment that forms part of remuneration;
(ii)place a maximum or minimum value of any payment that forms part of remuneration; and
(iii)for the purposes of any calculation, differentiate between different categories of payment and different sectors.
(c)Before the Minister issues a notice in terms of paragraph (a), the Minister must—
(i)publish a draft of the proposed notice in the Gazette; and
(ii)invite interested parties to submit written representations on the draft notice within a reasonable period.
[subsection (5) substituted by section 7 of Act 11 of 2002]

Chapter Five
Termination of employment

36. Application of this Chapter

This Chapter does not apply to an employee who works less than 24 hours in a month for an employer.

37. Notice of termination of employment

(1)Subject to section 38, a contract of employment terminable at the instance of a party to the contract may be terminated only on notice of not less than—
(a)one week, if the employee has been employed for six months or less;
(b)two weeks, if the employee has been employed for more than six months but not more than one year;
(c)four weeks, if the employee
(i)has been employed for one year or more; or
(ii)is a farm worker or domestic worker who has been employed for more than six months.
[subsection (1) substituted by section 8 of Act 11 of 2002]
(2)
(a)A collective agreement may not permit a notice period shorter than that required by subsection (1).
(b)Despite paragraph (a), a collective agreement may permit the notice period of four weeks required by subsection (1)(c)(i) to be reduced to not less than two weeks.
[subsection (2) substituted by section 8 of Act 11 of 2002]
(3)No agreement may require or permit an employee to give a period of notice longer than that required of the employer.
(4)
(a)Notice of termination of a contract of employment must be given in writing, except when it is given by an illiterate employee.
(b)If an employee who receives notice of termination is not able to understand it, the notice must be explained orally by, or on behalf of, the employer to the employee in an official language the employee reasonably understands.
(5)Notice of termination of a contract of employment given by an employer must—
(a)not be given during any period of leave to which the employee is entitled in terms of Chapter Three; and
(b)not run concurrently with any period of leave to which the employee is entitled in terms of Chapter Three, except sick leave.
(6)Nothing in this section affects the right—
(a)of a dismissed employee to dispute the lawfulness or fairness of the dismissal in terms of Chapter VIII of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, or any other law; and
(b)of an employer or an employee to terminate a contract of employment without notice for any cause recognised by law.

38. Payment instead of notice

(1)Instead of giving an employee notice in terms of section 37, an employer may pay the employee the remuneration the employee would have received, calculated in accordance with section 35, if the employee had worked during the notice period.
(2)If an employee gives notice of termination of employment, and the employer waives any part of the notice, the employer must pay the remuneration referred to in subsection (1), unless the employer and employee agree otherwise.

39. Employees in accommodation provided by employers

(1)If the employer of an employee who resides in accommodation that is situated on the premises of the employer or that is supplied by the employer terminates the contract of employment of that employee
(a)before the date on which the employer was entitled to do so in terms of section 37; or
(b)in terms of section 38,
the employer is required to provide the employee with accommodation for a period of one month, or if it is a longer period, until the contract of employment could lawfully have been terminated.
(2)If an employee elects to remain in accommodation in terms of subsection (1) after the employer has terminated the employees contract of employment in terms of section 38, the remuneration that the employer is required to pay in terms of section 38 is reduced by that portion of the remuneration that represents the agreed value of the accommodation for the period that the employee remains in the accommodation.

40. Payments on termination

On termination of employment, an employer must pay an employee
(a)for any paid time off that the employee is entitled to in terms of section 10(3) or 16(3) that the employee has not taken;
(b)remuneration calculated in accordance with section 21(1) for any period of annual leave due in terms of section 20(2) that the employee has not taken; and
(c)if the employee has been in employment longer than four months, in respect of the employee-s annual leave entitlement during an incomplete annual leave cycle as defined in section 20(1)—
(i)one day’s remuneration in respect of every 17 days on which the employee worked or was entitled to be paid; or
(ii)remuneration calculated on any basis that is at least as favorable to the employee as that calculated in terms of subparagraph (i).

41. Severance pay

(1)For the purposes of this section, "operational requirements" means requirements based on the economic, technological, structural or similar needs of an employer.
(2)An employer must pay an employee who is dismissed for reasons based on the employer's operational requirements or whose contract of employment terminates or is terminated in terms of section 38 of the Insolvency Act, 1936 (Act No. 24 of 1936), severance pay equal to at least one week's remuneration for each completed year of continuous service with that employer, calculated in accordance with section 35.[subsection (2) substituted by section 9 of Act 11 of 2002]
(3)The Minister may vary the amount of severance pay in terms of subsection (2) by notice in the Gazette. This variation may only be done after consulting NEDLAC and the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council established under Schedule 1 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995.
(4)An employee who unreasonably refuses to accept the employer’s offer of alternative employment with that employer or any other employer, is not entitled to, severance pay in terms of subsection (2).
(5)The payment of severance pay in compliance with this section does not affect an employee’s right to any other amount payable according to law.
(6)If there is a dispute only about the entitlement to severance pay in terms of this section, the employee may refer the dispute in writing to—
(a)a council, if the parties to the dispute fall within the registered scope of that council; or
(b)the CCMA, if no council has jurisdiction.
(7)The employee who refers the dispute to the council or the CCMA must satisfy it that a copy of the referral has been served on all the other parties to the dispute.
(8)The council or the CCMA must attempt to resolve the dispute through conciliation.
(9)If the dispute remains unresolved, the employee may refer it to arbitration.
(10)If the Labour Court is adjudicating a dispute about a dismissal based on the employer’s operational requirements, the Court may inquire into and determine the amount of any severance pay to which the dismissed employee may be entitled and the Court may make an order directing the employer to pay that amount.

42. Certificate of service

On termination of employment an employee is entitled to a certificate of service stating—
(a)the employee’s full name:
(b)the name and address of the employer:
(c)a description of any council or sectoral employment standard by which the employer’s business is covered;
(d)the date of commencement and date of termination of employment;
(e)the title of the job or a brief description of the work for which the employee was employed at date of termination:
(f)the remuneration at date of termination: and
(g)if the employee so requests, the reason for termination of employment.

Chapter Six
Prohibition of employment of children and forced labour

43. Prohibition of work by children

(1)Subject to section 50(2)(b), a person must not require or permit a child to work, if the child
(a)is under 15 years of age; or
(b)is under the minimum school-leaving age in terms of any law.
(2)A person must not require or permit a child to perform any work or provide any services—
(a)that are inappropriate for a person of that age;
(b)that place at risk the child’s well-being, education, physical or mental health, or spiritual, moral or social development.
(3)A person who requires or permits a child to work in contravention of subsection (1) or (2) commits an offence.
[section 43 substituted by section 3 of Act 20 of 2013]

44. Regulations on work by children

(1)Subject to section 43(2), the Minister may, on the advice of the Commission, make regulations to prohibit or place conditions on work by children who are at least 15 years of age and are no longer subject to compulsory schooling in terms of any law.
(1A)The Minister may, on the advice of the Commission, make regulations to give effect to South Africa's international law obligations dealing with work by children.
(2)A person who requires or permits a child to work in contravention of any regulation made in terms of this section commits an offence.
[section 44 substituted by section 4 of Act 20 of 2013]

45. Medical examinations

The Minister may, after consulting the Commission, make regulations relating to the conduct of medical examinations of children who perform work.[section 45 substituted by section 5 of Act 20 of 2013]

46. Prohibitions

It is an offence to—
(a)assist any person to require or permit a child to work in contravention of this Act; or[paragraph (a) substituted by section 6 of Act 20 of 2013]
(b)discriminate against a person who refuses to permit a child to work in contravention of this Act.[paragraph (b) substituted by section 6 of Act 20 of 2013]

47. Evidence of age

In any proceedings in terms of this Act, if the age of any person is a relevant factor for which insufficient evidence is available, it is for the party who alleges that the work by that person complied with the provisions of this Chapter to prove that it was reasonable for that party to believe, after investigation, that the person was not below the permitted age in terms of section 43 or 44.[section 47 substituted by section 7 of Act 20 of 2013]

48. Prohibition of forced labour

(1)Subject to the Constitution, all forced labour is prohibited.
(2)No person may for his or her own benefit or for the benefit of someone else, cause, demand or impose forced labour in contravention of subsection (1).
(3)A person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) commits an offence.

Chapter Seven
Variation of basic conditions of employment

49. Variation by agreement

(1)A collective agreement concluded in a bargaining council may alter, replace or exclude any basic condition of employment if the collective agreement is consistent with the purpose of this Act and the collective agreement does not—
(a)reduce the protection afforded to employees by sections 7, 9 and any regulation made in terms of section 13;
(b)reduce the protection afforded to employees who perform night work in terms of section 17(3) and (4);
(c)reduce an employee’s annual leave in terms of section 20 to less than two weeks;
(d)reduce an employee’s entitlement to maternity leave in terms of section 25;
(dA)reduce an employee’s entitlement to parental leave in terms of section 25A;[paragraph (dA) inserted by section 5 of Act 10 of 2018]
(dB)reduce an employee’s entitlement to adoption leave in terms of section 25B;[paragraph (dB) inserted by section 5 of Act 10 of 2018]
(dC)reduce an employee’s entitlement to commissioning parental leave in terms of section 25C;[paragraph (dC) inserted by section 5 of Act 10 of 2018]
(e)reduce an employee’s entitlement to sick leave in terms of sections 22 to 24;
(f)conflict with the provisions of Chapter Six
(2)A collective agreement, other than an agreement contemplated in subsection (1), may replace or exclude a basic condition of employment, to the extent permitted by this Act or a sectoral determination.
(3)An employer and an employee may agree to replace or exclude a basic condition of employment to the extent permitted by this Act or a sectoral determination.
(4)No provision in this Act or a sectoral determination may be interpreted as permitting—
(a)a contract of employment or agreement between an employer and an employee contrary to the provisions of a collective agreement;
(b)a collective agreement contrary to the provisions of a collective agreement concluded in a bargaining council.

50. Variation by Minister

(1)The Minister may, if it is consistent with the purpose of this Act, make a determination to replace or exclude any basic condition of employment provided for in this Act in respect of—
(a)any category of employees or category of employers; or
(b)any employer or employee in respect of whom an application is made by—
(i)the employer;
(ii)the registered employers’ organisation;
(iii)the employer and the registered employers' organisation.
(2)A determination in terms of subsection (1)
(a)may not be made in respect of sections 7, 17(3) and (4), 25, 43(2), 44 or 48 or a regulation made in terms of section 13; and
(b)may only be made in respect of section 43(1) to allow the employment of children in the performance of advertising, sports, artistic or cultural activities.
[subsection (2) substituted by section 10(a) of Act 11 of 2002]
(2A)A determination in terms of subsection (1) may only be made in respect of section 9 if—
(a)the employees' ordinary hours of work, rest periods and annual leave are on the whole more favourable to the employees than the basic conditions of employment in terms of sections 9, 10, 14, 15 and 20; and
(b)the determination—
(i)has beem agreed to in a collective agreement;
(ii)is necessitated by the operational circumstances of the sector in respect of which the variation is sought and the majority of employees in the sector are not members of a registered trade union; or
(iii)applies to the agricultural sector or the private security sector.
[subsection (2A) inserted by section 10(b) of Act 11 of 2002]
(3)A determination in terms of subsection 1(a) must—
(a)be made on the advice of the Commission; and
(b)be issued by a notice in the Gazette.
(4)The Minister may request the Commission
(a)to advise on any application made in terms of subsection (1)(b);
(b)to prepare guidelines for the consideration of applications made in terms of subsection (1)(b).
(5)A determination in terms of subsection (1) that applies to the public service must be made by the Minister with the concurrence of the Minister for the Public Service and Administration.
(6)If a determination in terms of subsection (1) concerns the employment of children, the Minister must consult with the Minister for Welfare and Population Development before making the determination.
(7)
(a)A determination in terms of subsection (1)(b) may be issued if the application has the consent of every registered trade union that represents the employees in respect of whom the determination is to apply.
(b)If no consent contemplated in paragraph (a) is obtained, a determination in terms of subsection (1)(b) may be issued if—
(i)the employer or employers' organisation has served a copy of the application, together with a notice stating that representations may be made to the Minister, on any registered trade union that represents employees affected by the application; and
(ii)in the case where the majority of employees are not represented by a registered trade union, the employer or employer’s organisation has taken reasonable steps to bring the application and the fact that representations may be made to the Minister, to the attention of those employees.
(8)A determination made in terms of subsection (1)(b)
(a)may be issued on any conditions and for a period determined by the Minister;
(b)may take effect on a date earlier than the date on which the determination is given, but not earlier than the date on which application was made;
(c)must be issued in a notice in the prescribed form if the determination is made in respect of an application made by an employer;
(d)must be published in a notice in the Gazette if the determination is made in respect of an application made by an employers' organisation.
(9)
(a)The Minister may on application by any affected party and after allowing other affected parties a reasonable opportunity to make representations, amend or withdraw a determination issued in terms of subsection (1).
(b)For the purposes of paragraph (a), an affected party is—
(i)an employer or employer's organisation that is covered by the determination;
(ii)a registered trade union representing employees covered by the determination, or an employee covered by the determination who is not a member of a registered trade union.
(10)An employer in respect of whom a determination has been made, or whose employees are covered by a determination in terms of subsection (1), must—
(a)display a copy of the notice conspicuously at the workplace where it can be read by the employees to whom the determination applies;
(b)notify each employee in writing of the fact of the determination and of where a copy of the notice has been displayed; and
(c)give a copy of the notice to every—
(i)registered trade union representing those employees;
(ii)trade union representative representing those employees; and
(iii)employee who requests a copy.

Chapter Eight
Sectoral determinations

51. Sectoral determination

(1)The Minister may make a sectoral determination establishing basic conditions of employment for employees in a sector and area.
(2)A sectoral determination must be made in accordance with this Chapter and by notice in the Gazette.
(3)If any sectoral determination at the date of the promulgation of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, prescribes wages that are higher than the national minimum wage, the wages in that sectoral determination and the remuneration and associated benefits based on those wages must be increased proportionally to any adjustment of the national minimum wage in terms of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018.[subsection (3) added by section 4 of Act 7 of 2018]
(4)Notwithstanding the provisions of any sectoral determination, an employer must pay a learner an allowance as prescribed in Schedule 2 of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, as is adjusted from time to time, from the date that the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, comes into force.[subsection (4) added by section 4 of Act 7 of 2018]
(5)For the purpose of subsection (4)
(a)‘learner’ means a learner as defined in Schedule 2 of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018; and
(b)‘allowance’ means an allowance as defined in Schedule 2 of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018.
[subsection (5) added by section 4 of Act 7 of 2018]

52. Investigation

(1)Before making a sectoral determination, the Minister must direct the Commission to investigate conditions of employment in the sector and area concerned.[subsection (1) substituted by section 5(a) of Act 7 of 2018]
(2)The Commission must, on its own accord or on the direction of the Minister, as contemplated in subsection (1), determine terms of reference for the investigation, which must include—
(a)the sector and area to be investigated;
(b)the categories or classes of employees to be included in the investigation; and
(c)the matters to be investigated, which may include any matter listed in section 55(4).
[subsection (2) amended by section 5(b) of Act 7 of 2018]
(3)The Commission must publish a notice in the Gazette setting out the terms of reference of the investigation and inviting written representations by the public.[subsection (3) substituted by section 5(c) of Act 7 of 2018]
(4)If an organisation representing employers or employees in a sector and area makes a written request to the Minister to investigate conditions of employment in that sector and area, the Minister must either—
(a)direct the Commission to conduct an investigation; or[paragraph (a) substituted by section 5(d) of Act 7 of 2018]
(b)request the Commission to advise the Minister on whether the requested investigation ought to be conducted.

53. Conduct of investigation

(1)For the purposes of conducting an investigation in terms of section 52(1), the Commission may—
(a)question any person who may be able to provide information relevant to any investigation; or
(b)require, in writing, any employer or employee in a sector and area that is being investigated or any other person to furnish any information, book, document or object that is material to the investigation within a specified period, which must be reasonable.
[subsection (1) amended by section 6(a) of Act 7 of 2018]
(2)A person may not refuse to answer any relevant question by the Commission that he or she is legally obliged to answer.[subsection (2) substituted by section 6(b) of Act 7 of 2018]

54. Preparation of report

(1)On completion of an investigation, and after considering any representations made by members of the public, the Commission must prepare a report.[subsection (1) substituted by section 7 of Act 7 of 2018]
(2)A copy of the report must be submitted to the Director-General for his or her information and the Minister for consideration.[subsection (2) substituted by section 7 of Act 7 of 2018]
(3)When advising the Minister on the publication of a sectoral determination, the Commission must consider in respect of the sector and area concerned—
(a)the report prepared in terms of subsection (1);
(b)the ability of employers to carry on their business successfully;
(c)the operation of small, medium or micro-enterprises, and new enterprises;
(d)the cost of living;
(e)the alleviation of poverty;
(f)conditions of employment;
(g)wage differentials and inequality;
(h)the likely impact of any proposed condition of employment on current employment or the creation of employment;
(i)the possible impact of any proposed conditions of employment on the health, safety or welfare of employees;
(j)any other relevant information made available to the Commission.
(4)The Commission must prepare a report for the Minister containing recommendations on the matters which should be included in a sectoral determination for the relevant sector and area.

55. Making of sectoral determination

(1)After considering the report and recommendations of the Commission contemplated in section 54(4), the Minister may make a sectoral determination for one or more sector and area or as contemplated by subsection (8).[subsection (1) substituted by section 8(a) of Act 20 of 2013]
(2)If the Minister does not accept a recommendation of the Commission made in terms of section 54(4), the Minister must refer the matter to the Commission for its reconsideration indicating the matters on which the Minister disagrees with the Commission.
(3)After considering the further report and recommendations of the Commission, the Minister may make a sectoral determination.
(4)A sectoral determination may in respect to the sector and area concerned—
(a)set minimum terms and conditions of employment, including minimum rates of remuneration;
(b)provide for the adjustment of remuneration by way of—
(i)minimum rates; or
(ii)minimum increases;
[paragraph (b) substituted by section 8(b) of Act 20 of 2013]
(c)regulate the manner, timing and other conditions of payment of remuneration;
(d)prohibit or regulate payment of remuneration in kind;
(e)require employers to keep employment records;
(f)require employers to provide records to their employees;
(g)prohibit or regulate task-based work, piecework, home work sub-contracting and contract work;[paragraph (g) substituted by section 8(c) of Act 20 of 2013]
(h)set minimum standards for housing and sanitation for employees who reside on their employers’ premises;
(i)regulate payment of traveling and other work-related allowances;
(j)specify minimum conditions of employment for trainees;
(k)specify minimum conditions of employment for persons other than employees;
(l)regulate training and education schemes;
(m)regulate pension, provident, medical aid, sick pay, holiday and unemployment schemes or funds;[paragraph (m) amended by section 8(d) of Act 20 of 2013]
(n)regulate any other matter concerning remuneration or other terms or conditions of employment.
(o)taking into account the provisions of section 21(8) of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, set a threshold of representativeness at which a trade union will automatically have the organisational rights contemplated in sections 12 and 13 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, in respect of all workplaces covered by the sectoral determination; and[paragraph (o) added by section 8(d) of Act 20 of 2013]
(p)establish one or more methods for determining the conditions of service for labour tenants who has a right to occupy and to use a part of a farm as contemplated in section 3 of the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act, 1996 (Act No. 3 of 1996), for the purpose of section 4(3);[paragraph (p) added by section 8(d) of Act 20 of 2013]
(5)Any provisions of a sectoral determination may apply to all or some of the employers and employees in the sector and area concerned.
(6)A sectoral determination in terms of subsection (1):
(a)May not be made in respect of section 7, 43(2), 44 or 48;
(b)may only be made in respect of section 43(1) to allow the employment of children in the performance of advertising, sports, artistic or cultural activities;
(c)may not reduce the protection afforded to employees by sections 17(3) and (4) and 25 or a regulation made in terms of section 13; and
(d)may vary the basic conditions of employment in section 9 in the circumstances contemplated by section 50(2A).
[subsection (6) substituted by section 11 of Act 11 of 2002]
(7)The Minister may not publish a sectoral determination
(a)covering employees and employers who are bound by a collective agreement concluded at a bargaining council;
(b)covering employees covered by a collective agreement concluded in a statutory council regulating any matter in respect of which the statutory council has concluded a collective agreement;[paragraph (b) substituted by section 8(e) of Act 20 of 2013]
(c)regulating any matter regulated by a sectoral determination for a sector and area which has been in effect for less than 12 months.
(8)Subject to the provisions of subsection (7), the Minister may publish a sectoral determination that applies to employers and employees who are not covered by ay other sectoral determination.[subsection (8) added by section 8(f) of Act 20 of 2013]

56. Period of operation of sectoral determination

(1)The provisions of a sectoral determination remain binding until they are amended or superseded by a new or amended sectoral determination, or they are cancelled or suspended by the Minister.
(2)If a collective agreement contemplated in section 55(6) (a) or (b) is concluded, the provisions of a sectoral determination cease to be binding upon employers and employees covered by the agreement.
(3)The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette
(a)cancel or suspend any provision of a sectoral determination, either in the sector and area as a whole or in part of the sector or in a specific area; or
(b)correct or clarify the meaning of any provision of a sectoral determination as previously published.
(4)Before publishing a notice of cancellation or suspension in terms of subsection (3)(a) the Minister must, by notice in the Gazette, announce the intention to do so, and allow an opportunity for public comment.

57. Legal effect of sectoral determination

If a matter regulated in this Act is also regulated in terms of a sectoral determination, the provision in the sectoral determination prevails.

58. Employer to keep a copy of sectoral determination

Unless a sectoral determination provides otherwise, every employer on whom the sectoral determination is binding must—
(a)keep a copy of that sectoral determination available in the workplace at all times;
(b)make that copy available for inspection by an employee; and
(c)give a copy of that sectoral determination
(i)to an employee who has paid the prescribed fee; and
(ii)free of charge, on request, to an employee who is a trade union representative or a member of a workplace forum.

Chapter Nine
***

[Chapter nine repealed by section 8 of Act 7 of 2018]

59. ***

[section 59 repealed by section 8 of Act 7 of 2018]

60. ***

[section 60 repealed by section 8 of Act 7 of 2018]

61. ***

[section 61 repealed by section 8 of Act 7 of 2018]

62. ***

[section 62 repealed by section 8 of Act 7 of 2018]

Chapter Ten
Monitoring, enforcement and legal proceedings

Part A – Monitoring and enforcement

62A. Definitions

For the purpose of Chapter 10, an employee includes a worker as defined in section 1 of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018.[section 62A inserted by section 9 of Act 7 of 2018]

63. Appointment of labour inspectors

(1)The Minister may—
(a)appoint any person in the public service as a labour inspector;
(b)designate any person in the public service, or any person appointed as a designated agent of a bargaining council in terms of section 33 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, to perform any of the functions of a labour inspector.
(2)Any person appointed under subsection (1) must perform his or her functions in terms of this Chapter, subject to the direction and control of the Minister.
(3)The Minister must provide each labour inspector with a signed certificate in the prescribed form stating—
(a)that the person is a labour inspector;
(b)which legislation that labour inspector may monitor and enforce; and
(c)which of the functions of a labour inspector that person may perform.

64. Functions of labour inspectors

(1)A labour inspector appointed under section 63(1) may promote, monitor and enforce compliance with an employment law by—
(a)advising employees and employers of their rights and obligations in terms of an employment law;
(b)conducting inspections in terms of this Chapter;
(c)investigating complaints made to a labour inspector;
(d)endeavouring to secure compliance with an employment law by securing undertakings or issuing compliance orders;[paragraph (d) amended by section 10 of Act 7 of 2018]
(dA)referring disputes to the CCMA concerning failure to comply with this Act, the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, the Unemployment Insurance Act and the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act;[paragraph (dA) inserted by section 10 of Act 7 of 2018]
(dB)appearing on behalf of the Director-General in any proceedings in the CCMA or Labour Court concerning a failure to comply with the legislation referred to in paragraph (dA); and[paragraph (dB) inserted by section 10 of Act 7 of 2018]
(e)performing any other prescribed function.
(2)A labour inspector may not perform any function in terms of this Act in respect of an undertaking in respect of which the labour inspector has, or may reasonably be perceived to have, any personal, financial or similar interest.

65. Powers of entry

(1)In order to monitor and enforce compliance with an employment law, a labour inspector may, without warrant or notice, at any reasonable time, enter—
(a)any workplace or any other place where an employer carries on business or keeps employment records, that is not a home;
(b)[paragraph (b) deleted by section 11(a) of Act 7 of 2018]
(c)any place at which any person provides or purports to provide any employment services as defined in terms of the Employment Services Act, 2014 (Act No. 4 of 2014);[paragraph (c) substituted by section 11(b) of Act 7 of 2018]
[subsection (1) substituted by section 17 of Act 37 of 2008]
(2)A labour inspector may enter a home or any place other than a place referred to in subsection (1) only—
(a)with the consent of the owner or occupier; or
(b)if authorised to do so in writing in terms of subsection (3).
(3)The Labour Court may issue an authorisation contemplated in subsection (2) only on written application by a labour inspector who states under oath or affirmation the reasons for the need to enter a place in order to monitor or enforce compliance with any employment law.
(4)If it is practical to do so, the employer and a trade union representative must be notified that the labour inspector is present at a workplace and of the reason for the inspection.

66. Powers to question and inspect

(1)In order to monitor or enforce compliance with an employment law, a labour inspector may—
(a)require a person to disclose information, either orally or in writing, and either alone or in the presence of witnesses, on any matter to which an employment law relates, and require that the disclosure be made under oath or affirmation;
(b)inspect, and question a person about, any record or document to which an employment law relates;
(c)copy any record or document referred to in paragraph (b), or remove these to make copies or extracts;
(d)require a person to produce or deliver to a place specified by the labour inspector any record or document referred to in paragraph (b) for inspection;
(e)inspect, question a person about, and if necessary remove, any article, substance or machinery present at a place referred to in section 65;
(f)inspector question a person about any work performed; and
(g)perform any other prescribed function necessary for monitoring or enforcing compliance with an employment law.
(2)A labour inspector may be accompanied by an interpreter and any other person reasonably required to assist in conducting the inspection.
(3)A labour inspector must—
(a)produce on request the certificate referred to in section 63(3);
(b)provide a receipt for any record, document, article, substance or machinery removed in terms of subsection (1)(c) or (e); and
(c)return anything removed within a reasonable period of time.
(4)The powers provided for in this Part are in addition to any power of a labour inspector in terms of any other employment law.

67. Co-operation with labour inspectors

(1)Any person who is questioned by a labour inspector in terms of section 66 must answer all relevant questions lawfully put to that person truthfully and to the best of his or her ability. 1212An answer by a person to a question of a labour inspector may not be used in any criminal proceedings except proceedings in respect of a charge operjury or making a false statement (s. 91).
(2)Every employer and each employee must provide any facility and assistance at a workplace that is reasonably required by a labour inspector to perform the labour inspector’s functions effectively.

68. Securing an undertaking

(1)A labour inspector who has reasonable grounds to believe that an employer has not complied with any provision of this Act, the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, the Unemployment Insurance Act or the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act may endeavour to secure a written undertaking by the employer to comply with the provision.[subsection (1) substituted by section 9(a) of Act 20 of 2013 and by section 12(a) of Act 7 of 2018]
(1A)A labour inspector may endeavor to secure a written undertaking by the employer to comply with subsection (1) either by—
(a)meeting with the employer or a representative of the employer; or
(b)serving a document, in the prescribed form, on the employer.
[subsection (1A) inserted by section 13 of Act 11 of 2002]
(2)In endeavoring to secure the undertaking, the labour inspector
(a)may seek to obtain agreement between the employer and employee as to any amount owed to the employee in terms of this Act or the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018;[paragraph (a) substituted by section 12(b) of Act 7 of 2018]
(b)may arrange for payment to an employee of any amount paid as a result of an undertaking;
(c)may, at the written request of an employee, receive payment on behalf of the employee; and
(d)must provide a receipt for any payment received in terms of paragraph (c).
(3)If an employer fails to comply with a written undertaking given by the employer in terms of this section, the Director-General may request the CCMA to make the undertaking an arbitration award.[subsection (3) added by section 9(b) of Act 20 of 2013 and substituted by section 12(c) of Act 7 of 2018]

69. Compliance order

(1)A labour inspector who has reasonable grounds to believe that an employer has not complied with a provision of this Act, the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, the Unemployment Insurance Act or the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act may issue a compliance order.[subsection (1) substituted by section 13(a) of Act 7 of 2018]
(2)A compliance order must set out—
(a)the name of the employer, and the location of every workplace, to which it applies;
(b)the provision of this Act and any other Act referred to in subsection (1) that the employer has not complied with, and details of the conduct constituting non-compliance;[paragraph (b) substituted by section 13(b) of Act 7 of 2018]
(c)any amount that the employer is required to pay to an employee, or in the case of a failure to pay the national minimum wage, the amount that the employer is required to pay to an employee in terms of section 76A;[paragraph (c) substituted by section 13(b) of Act 7 of 2018]
(d)[paragraph (d) deleted by section 10(a) of Act 20 of 2013]
(e)any steps that the employer is required to take including, if necessary, the cessation of the contravention in question and the period within which those steps must be taken; and
(f)the maximum fine that may be imposed upon the employer in accordance with Schedule Two for a failure to comply with a provision of this Act.
(2A)[subsection (2A) inserted by section 10(b) of Act 20 of 2013 and deleted by section 13(c) of Act 7 of 2018]
(3)
(a)A copy of the compliance order must be served on the employer named in it, and on each employee affected by it or, if this is impractical, on a representative of the employees.[paragraph (a) substituted by section 10(c) of Act 20 of 2013]
(b)The failure to serve a copy of a compliance order on any employee or any representative of employees in terms of paragraph (a) does not invalidate the order.
[subsection (3) substituted by section 14 of Act 11 of 2002]
(4)The employer must display a copy of the compliance order prominently at a place accessible to the affected employees at each workplace named in it.
(5)An employer must comply with the compliance order within the time period stated in the order, unless the employer refers a dispute concerning the compliance order to the CCMA within that period.[subsection (5) substituted by section 10(d) of Act 20 of 2013 and by section 13(d) of Act 7 of 2018]
(6)A dispute referred to the CCMA by the employer in terms of subsection (5) must be dealt with in terms of section 73.[subsection (6) added by section 13(e) of Act 7 of 2018]

70. Limitations

A labour inspector may not issue a compliance order in respect of any amount payable to an employee as a result of a failure to comply with a provision of this Act or the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, if—
(a)[paragraph (a) omitted by section 14 of Act 7 of 2018]
(b)the employee earns in excess of the threshold prescribed by the Minister in terms of section 6(3);
(c)any proceedings have been instituted for the recovery of that amount in the CCMA or a court, unless those proceedings have been withdrawn; or
(d)that amount has been made payable by the employer to the employee for longer than 36 months before the date on which a complaint was made to a labour inspector by or on behalf of the employee or, if no complaint was made, the date on which a labour inspector first endeavoured to secure a written undertaking by the employer in terms of section 68 or issued a compliance order in terms of section 69.
[section 70 amended by section 11 of Act 20 of 2013, by section 15 of Act 11 of 2002 and substituted by section 14 of Act 7 of 2018]

71. ***

[section 71 repealed by section 12 of Act 20 of 2013]

72. ***

[section 72 repealed by section 12 of Act 20 of 2013]

73. Order may be made an arbitration award

(1)The Director-General may apply to the CCMA for a compliance order to be made an arbitration award if the employer has not complied with the order.
(2)The CCMA may issue an arbitration award in terms of subsection (1) requiring the employer to comply with the compliance order, if it is satisfied that—
(a)the compliance order was served on the employer; and
(b)the employer has not referred a dispute in terms of section 69(5).
[section 73 substituted by section 13 of Act 20 of 2013 and by section 15 of Act 7 of 2018]

73A. Claims for failure to pay any amount

(1)Despite section 77, any employee or worker as defined in section 1 of the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, may refer a dispute to the CCMA concerning the failure to pay any amount owing to that employee or worker in terms of this Act, the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, a contract of employment, a sectoral determination or a collective agreement.
(2)Subsection (1) does not apply to employees or workers earning in excess of the threshold prescribed by the Minister in terms of section 6(3).
(3)An employee or worker, other than the employee or worker referred to in subsection (1), may institute a claim concerning the failure to pay any amount contemplated in subsection (1) in either the Labour Court, the High Court or, subject to their jurisdiction, the Magistrates’ Court or the small claims court.
(4)The CCMA must appoint a Commissioner in terms of section 135 of the Labour Relations Act, to attempt to resolve by conciliation any dispute that is referred to the CCMA in terms of subsection (1).
(5)The CCMA must commence the arbitration of a dispute contemplated in subsection (1) immediately after certifying that the dispute remains unresolved in terms of section 135(5).
[section 73A inserted by section 16 of Act 7 of 2018]

Part B – Legal proceedings

74. Consolidation of proceedings

(1)A dispute concerning a contravention of this Act or the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, may be instituted jointly with proceedings instituted by an employee under Part C of this Chapter.[subsection (1) substituted by section 17 of Act 7 of 2018]
(2)If an employee institutes proceedings for unfair dismissal, the Labour Court or the arbitrator hearing the matter may also determine any claim for an amount that is owing to that employee in terms of this Act or the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018.[subsection (2) substituted by section 17 of Act 11 of 2002 and by section 17 of Act 7 of 2018 and amended by section 14(a) of Act 20 of 2013]
(2A)No compliance order may be issued or enforced and no other legal proceedings may be instituted or enforced in respect of any claim that has been determined in terms of this subsection (2).[subsection (2A) inserted by section 14(c) of Act 20 of 2013]
(3)A dispute concerning any amount that is owing to an employee as a result of a contravention of this Act or the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, may be initiated jointly with a dispute instituted by that employee over the entitlement to severance pay in terms of section 41(6).[subsection (3) substituted by section 17 of Act 7 of 2018]

75. Payment of interest

An employer must pay interest on any amount due and payable in terms of this Act or the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, at the rate of interest prescribed in terms of section 1 of the Prescribed Rate of Interest Act, 1975 (Act No. 55 of 1975), to any person to whom a payment should have been made.[section 75 substituted by section 18 of Act 11 of 2002 and by section 18 of Act 7 of 2018]

76. Proof of compliance

In any proceedings concerning a contravention of this Act, the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, or any sectoral determination, it is for an employer—
(a)to prove that a record maintained by or for that employer is valid and accurate; or
(b)who has failed to keep any record required by this Act or the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, that is relevant to those proceedings, to prove compliance with any provision of this Act.
[section 76 substituted by section 19 of Act 7 of 2018]

76A. Fine for not complying with national minimum wage

(1)Subject to section 76, a fine that may be imposed on an employer who paid an employee less than the national minimum wage, is an amount that is the greater of—
(a)twice the value of the underpayment; or
(b)twice the employee’s monthly wage.
(2)For second or further non-compliances, a fine that may be imposed on the employer is an amount that is greater of—
(a)thrice the value of the underpayment; or
(b)thrice the employee’s monthly wage.
(3)The Minister may issue guidelines on the determination of whether a non-compliance is a second or further non-compliance, as envisaged in subsection (2).
(4)The Department must maintain and publish on its official website, on a quarterly basis, a list of all employers who were issued with compliance orders.
[section 76A inserted by section 20 of Act 7 of 2018]

77. Jurisdiction of Labour Court

(1)Subject to the Constitution and the jurisdiction of the Labour Appeal Court, and except where this Act provides otherwise, the Labour Court has exclusive jurisdiction in respect of all matters in terms of this Act.[subsection (1) substituted by section 15(a) of Act 20 of 2013]
(1A)The Labour Court has exclusive jurisdiction to grant civil relief arising from a breach of sections 33A, 43, 44, 46, 48, 90 and 92.[subsection (1A) inserted by section 15(b) of Act 20 of 2013]
(2)The Labour Court may review the performance or purported performance of any function provided for in this Actor any actor omission of any person in terms of this Act on any grounds that are permissible in law.
(3)The Labour Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the civil courts to hear and determine any matter concerning a contract of employment, irrespective of whether any basic condition of employment constitutes a term of that contract.
(4)Subsection (1) does not prevent any person relying upon a provision of this Act to establish that a basic condition of employment constitutes a term of a contract of employment in any proceedings in a civil court or an arbitration held in terms of an agreement.
(5)If proceedings concerning any matter contemplated in terms of subsection (1) are instituted in a court that does not have jurisdiction in respect of that matter, that court may at any stage during proceedings refer that matter to the Labour Court.

77A. Powers of Labour Court

Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Labour Court may make any appropriate order, including an order—
(a)[paragraph (a) deleted by section 21 of Act 7 of 2018]
(b)condoning the late filing of any document with, or the late referral of any dispute to, the Labour Court;
(c)[paragraph (c) deleted by section 21 of Act 7 of 2018]
(d)reviewing the perfomance or purported performance of any function provided for in terms of this Act or any Act or omission by any person or body in terms of this Act, on any grounds permissible in law;
(e)making a determination that it considers reasonable on any matter concerning a contract of employment in terms of section 77(3), which determination may include an order for specific performance, an award of damages or an award of compensation;
(f)imposing a fine in accordance with Schedule 2 to this Act or for any contravention of any provision of this Act for which a fine can be imposed; and
(g)dealing with any matter necessary or incidental to performing its functions in terms of this Act.
[section 77A inserted by section 19 of Act 11 of 2002]

Part C – Protection of employees against discrimination

78. Rights of employees

(1)Every employee has the right to—
(a)make a complaint to a trade union representative, a trade union official or a labour inspector concerning any alleged failure or refusal by an employer to comply with this Act or the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018;
(b)discuss his or her conditions of employment with his or her fellow employees, his or her employer or any other person;
(c)refuse to comply with an instruction that is contrary to this Act, the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, or any sectoral determination
(d)refuse to agree to any term or condition of employment that is contrary to this Act, the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, or any sectoral determination;
(e)inspect any record kept in terms of this Act or the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, that relates to the employment of that employee;
(f)participate in proceedings in terms of this Act;
(g)request a trade union representative or a labour inspector to inspect any record kept in terms of this Act and that relates to the employment of that employee.
(2)Every trade union representative has the right, at the request of an employee, to inspect any record kept in terms of this Act or the National Minimum Wage Act, 2018, that relates to the employment of that employee.
[section 78 substituted by section 22 of Act 7 of 2018]

79. Protection of rights

(1)In this section, "employee" includes a former employee or an applicant for employment.
(2)No person may discriminate against an employee for exercising a right conferred by this Part and no person may do, or threaten to do, any of the following:
(a)Require an employee not to exercise a right conferred by this Part;
(b)prevent an employee from exercising a right conferred by this Part; or
(c)prejudice an employee because of a past, present or anticipated—
(i)failure or refusal to do anything that an employer may not lawfully permit or require an employee to do;
(ii)disclosure of information that the employee is lawfully entitled or required to give to another person; or
(iii)exercise of a right conferred by this Part.
(3)No person may favour, or promise to favour, an employee in exchange for the employee not exercising a right conferred by this Part. However, nothing in this section precludes the parties to a dispute from concluding an agreement to settle the dispute.

80. Procedure for disputes

(1)If there is a dispute about the interpretation or application of this Part, any party to the dispute may refer the dispute in writing to the CCMA.
(2)The party who refers a dispute must satisfy the CCMA that a copy of the referral has been served on all the other parties to the dispute.
(3)The CCMA must attempt to resolve a dispute through conciliation.
(4)If a dispute remains unresolved, any party to the dispute may refer it to the CCMA for arbitration.
(5)In respect of a dispute in terms of this Part, the relevant provisions of Part C of Chapter VII of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, apply with the changes required by the context.
(6)For the purposes of this section, a party to a dispute includes a labour inspector.
[section 80 substituted by section 23 of Act 7 of 2018]

81. Burden of proof

In any proceeding in terms of this Part—
(a)an employee who alleges that a right or protection conferred by this Part has been infringed, must prove the facts of the conduct said to constitute such infringement; and
(b)the party who allegedly engaged in the conduct in question must then prove that the conduct did not infringe any provision of this Part.

Chapter Eleven
General

82. Temporary employment services

(1)For the purposes of this Act, a person whose services have been procured for, or provided to, a client by a temporary employment service is the employee of that temporary employment service, and the temporary employment service is that person’s employer.
(2)Despite subsection (1), a person who is an independent contractor is not an employee of a temporary employment service, nor is the temporary employment service the employer of that person.
(3)The temporary employment service and the client are jointly and severally liable if the temporary employment service, in respect of any employee who provides services to that client, does not comply with this Act or a sectoral determination.

83. Deeming of persons as employees

(1)The Minister may, on the advice of the Commission and by notice in the Gazette, deem any category of persons specified in the notice to be—
(a)employees for purposes of the whole or any part of this Act, any other employment law other than the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (Act No. 63 of 2001), or any sectoral determination; or
(b)contributors for purposes of the whole or any part of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (Act No. 63 of 2001).
[subsection (1) substituted by section 20 of Act 11 of 2002 and substituted by section 6 of Act 10 of 2018]
(2)Before the Minister issues a notice under subsection (1), the Minister must—
(a)publish a draft of the proposed notice in the Gazette; and
(b)invite interested persons to submit written representations on the proposed notice within a reasonable period.

83A. Presumption as to who is employee

(1)A person who works for, or renders services to, any other person is presumed, until the contrary is proved, to be an employee, regardless of the form of the contract, if any one or more of the following factors is present:
(a)The manner in which the person works is subject to the control or direction of another person;
(b)the person's hours of work are subject to the control or direction of another person;
(c)in the case of a person who works for an organisation, the person is a part of that organisation;
(d)the person has worked for that other person for an average of at least 40 hours per month over the last three months;
(e)the person is economically dependent on the other person for whom that person works or renders services;
(f)the person is provided with tools of trade or work equipment by the other person; or
(g)the person only works for or renders services to one person.
(2)Subsection (1) does not apply to any person who earns in excess of the amount determined by the Minister in terms of section 6(3).
(3)If a proposed or existing work arrangement involves persons who earn amounts equal to or below the amounts determined by the Minister in terms of section 6(3), any of the contracting parties may approach the CCMA for an advisory award about whether the persons involved in the arrangement are employees.
[section 83A inserted by section 21 of Act 11 of 2002]

84. Duration of employment

(1)For the purposes of determining the length of an employee’s employment with an employer for any provision of this Act, previous employment with the same employer must be taken into account if the break between the periods of employment is less than one year.
(2)Any payment made or any leave granted in terms of this Act to an employee contemplated in subsection (1) during a previous period of employment must be taken into account in determining the employee’s entitlement to leave or to a payment in terms of this Act.

85. Delegation

(1)The Minister may in writing delegate or assign to the Director-General or any employee in the public service of the rank of assistant director or of a higher rank, any power or duty conferred or imposed upon the Minister in terms of this Act, except the Minister’s powers in terms of sections 6(3), 55(1), 60, 83, 87 and 95(2) and the Minister’s power to make regulations.
(2)A delegation or assignment in terms of subsection (1) does not limit or restrict the Minister’s authority to exercise or perform the delegated or assigned power or duty.
(3)Any person to whom a power or duty is delegated or assigned in terms of subsection (1) must exercise or perform that power or duty subject to the direction of the Minister.
(4)The Minister may at any time—
(a)withdraw a delegation or assignment made in terms of subsection (1); and
(b)withdraw or amend any decision made by a person exercising or performing a power or duty delegated or assigned in terms of subsection (1).
(5)The Director-General may in writing delegate or assign any power or duty conferred or imposed upon the Director-General by Chapter Ten of this Act to any employee in the Department of the rank of assistant director or of a higher rank.
(6)Subsections (2), (3) and (4) apply with changes required by the context to any delegations or assignments by the Director-General under subsection (5).

86. Regulations

(1)The Minister may by notice in the Gazette, after consulting the Commission, make regulations regarding any matter that may be necessary or expedient to prescribe in order to achieve the objects of this Act.
(2)A regulation regarding state revenue or expenditure maybe made only with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance.

87. Codes of Good Practice

(1)The Minister, after consulting NEDLAC
(a)must issue a Code of Good Practice on the Arrangement of Working Time;
(b)must issue a Code of Good Practice on the Protection of Employees during Pregnancy and after the Birth of a Child;
(c)may issue other codes of good practice; and
(d)may change or replace any code of good practice.
(2)Any code of good practice or any change to or replacement of a code of good practice must be published in the Gazette.
(3)Any person interpreting or applying this Act must take into account relevant codes of good practice.
(4)A Code of a Good Practice issued in terms of this section may provide that the Code must be taken into account in applying or interpreting any employment law.[subsection (4) added by section 22 of Act 11 of 2002]

88. Minister’s power to add and change footnotes

The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, add to, change or replace any footnote in this Act.

89. Representation of employees or employers

(1)A registered trade union or registered employers’ organisation may act in any one or more of the following capacities in any dispute to which any of its members is a party:
(a)In its own interest;
(b)on behalf of any of its members;
(c)in the interest of any of its members.
(2)A registered trade union or a registered employers’ organisation is entitled to be a party to any proceedings in terms of this Act if one or more of its members is a party to these proceedings.

90. Confidentiality

(1)It is an offence for any person to disclose information which that person acquired while exercising or performing any power or duty in terms of this Act and which relates to the financial or business affairs of any other person, except if the information is disclosed in compliance with the provisions of any law—
(a)to enable a person to perform a function or exercise a power in terms of an employment law;
(b)for the purposes of the proper administration of this Act;
(c)for the purposes of the administration of justice.
(2)Subsection (1) does not prevent the disclosure of any information concerning an employer’s compliance or non-compliance with the provisions of any employment law.
(3)The record of any medical examination performed in terms of this Act must be kept confidential and may be made available only—
(a)in accordance with the ethics of medical practice;
(b)if required by law or court order; or
(c)if the employee has in writing consented to the release of that information.

91. Answers not to be used in criminal prosecutions

No answer-b} any person [o a question by a person conducing an investigation in terms of section 53 or by a labour inspector in terms of section 66 may be used against that person in any criminal proceedings except proceedings in respect of a charge of perjury or making a false statement.

92. Obstruction, undue influence and fraud

It is an offence to—
(a)obstruct or attempt to influence improper]) a person who is performing a function in terms of this Act;
(b)obtain or attempt to obtain any prescribed document by means of fraud, false pretences, or by presenting or submitting a false or forged document;
(c)pretend to be a labour inspector or any other person performing a function in terms of this Act;
(d)refuse or fail to answer fully any lawful question put by a labour inspector or any other person performing a function in terms of this Act;
(e)refuse or fail to comply with any lawful request of, or lawful order by, a labour inspector or any other person performing a function in terms of this Act;
(f)hinder or obstruct a labour inspector or any other person performing a function in terms of this Act.

93. Penalties

(1)Any magistrates’ court has jurisdiction to impose a penalty for an offence provided for in this Act.
(2)Any person convicted of an offence in terms of any section mentioned in the first column of the table below may be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment for a period not longer than the period mentioned in the second column of that table opposite the number of that section.

Offences and penalties

Section under which convictedMaximum term of imprisonment
Section 33A3 years
Section 436 years
Section 446 years
Section 466 years
Section 486 years
Section 90(1) and (3)1 year
Section 921 year
[table substituted by section 16 of Act 20 of 2013]

94. The Act binds the State

This Act binds the State except in so far as criminal liability is concerned.

95. Transitional arrangements and amendment and repeal of laws

(1)The provisions of Schedule Three apply to the transition from other laws to this Act.
(2)The Minister may for the purposes of regulating the transition from any law to this Act add to or change Schedule Three.
(3)Any addition or change to Schedule Three must be tabled in the National Assembly and takes effect—
(a)if the National Assembly does not pass a resolution that the addition or change is not binding within 14 days of the date of the tabling; and
(b)on publication in the Gazette.
(4)Section 186 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, is hereby amended by the deletion 25 of subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (c).
(5)The laws mentioned in the first two columns of Schedule Four are hereby repealed to the extent indicated opposite that law in the third column of that Schedule.
(6)The repeal of any law by subsection (5) does not affect any transitional arrangement provided for in Schedule Three.

96. Short title and commencement

This is the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997, and comes into effect on a date to be fixed by the President by proclamation in the Gazette.

Schedule One

Procedures for progressive reduction of maximum working hours

1.GoalThis Schedule records the procedures to be adopted to reduce the working hours of employees to the goal of a 40 hour working week and an eight hour working day—
(a)through collective bargaining and the publication of sectoral determinations;
(b)having due regard to the impact of a reduction of working hours on existing employment and opportunities for employment creation, economic efficiency and the health, safety and welfare of employees.
2.Collective bargainingWhen during negotiations on terms and conditions of employment, a party to the negotiations introduces the reduction of maximum working hours as a subject for negotiation, the parties must negotiate on that issue.
3.Role of Employment Conditions CommissionThe Commission may investigate the possibility} of reducing working hours in a particular sector and area and make recommendations to the Minister thereon.
4.Investigation by Department of Labour
(1)The Department of Labour must, after consultation with the Commission, conduct an investigation as to how the reduction of weekly working hours to a level of 40 hours per week may be achieved.
(2)The investigation must be completed and the report submitted to the Minister not later than 18 months after the Act has come into operation.
5.Reports
(1)The Department of Labour must, after consultation with the Commission—
(a)monitor and review progress made in reducing working hours:
(b)prepare and publish a report for the Minister on the progress made in the reduction of working hours.
(2)The Department must publish reports every two years.
(3)The reports must be tabled at Nedlac and in Parliament by the Minister.
(4)The Minister may prescribe the returns to be submitted by employers, trade unions and councils on any matter concerning this Schedule.

Schedule Two

Maximum permissible fines that may be imposed for failure to comply with this Act

1.This Schedule sets out the maximum fine that may be imposed in terms of Chapter Ten for a failure to comply with a provision of this Act.
2.The maximum fine that may be imposed—
(a)or a failure to comply with a provision of this Act not involving a failure to pay an amount due to an employee in terms of any basic condition of employment, is the fine determined in terms of Table One or Table Two;
(b)involving a failure to pay an amount due to an employee, is the greater of the amount determined in terms of Table One or Table Two.

Table One – Maximum permissible fine not involving an underpayment

No previous failure to complyR300 per employee in respect of whom the failure to comply occurs
A previous failure to comply in respect of the same provisionR600 per employee in respect of whom the failure to comply occurs
A previous failure to comply within the previous 12 months or two previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three yearsR900 per employee in respect of whom the failure to comply occurs
Three previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three yearsR1200 per employee in respect of whom the failure to comply occurs
Four previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three yearsR1500 per employee in respect of whom the failure to comply occurs
[table one substituted by section 17 of Act 20 of 2013]

Table Two – Maximum permissible fine involuting an underpayment

No previous failure to comply25% of the amount due, including any interest owing on the amount at the date of the order
A previous failure to comply in respect of the same provision within three years50% of the amount due, including any interest owing on the amount at the date of the order
A previous failure to comply in respect of the same provision within a year, or two previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three years75% of the amount due, including any interest owing on the amount at the dale of the order
Three previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three years100% of the amount due, including any interest owing on the amount at the date of the order
Four or more previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three years200% of the amount due, including any interest owing on the amount at the dace of the order

Schedule Three

Transitional provisions

[Schedule Three amended by Government Notice R195 of 2000 and by section 23 of Act 11 of 2002]
1.DefinitionsFor the purposes of this Schedule—Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983” means the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983 (Act No. 3 of 1983);domestic worker” means an employee defined as a ‘“domestic servant” in section 1(1) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983;farm worker” means an employee who is employed mainly in or in connection with farming activities, and includes an employee who wholly or mainly performs domestic work in home premises on a farm;mineworker” means an employee employed at a mine whose hours of work are prescribed in terms of any regulation that is in force in terms of item 4 of Schedule 4 to the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996);security guard” means an employee defined as a “guard” or a “security guard” in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983;Wage Act, 1957” means the Wage Act, 1957 (Act No. 5 of 1957);wage determination” means a wage determination made in terms of section 14 of the Wage Act, 1957.
2.Application to public serviceThis Act, except section 41, does not apply to the public service for 18 months after the commencement of this Act, unless a bargaining council concludes a collective agreement that a provision of this Act will apply from an earlier date.
3.Application to farm workers
(1)Sections 6A, 10(2A) and 14(4A) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, continue to apply to the employment of a farm worker until such time as the matters regulated by those provisions are regulated by a sectoral determination applicable to the farm worker.
(2)Until regulated by a sectoral determination, section 17(3) applies to farm workers who work after 20:00 and before 04:00 at least five times per month or 50 times per year.
4.Payment in kind of domestic workers and farm workers
(1)The definition of “wage” in section 1(1) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, and rhe definition of “payment in kind” in the regulations published under that Act continue to apply to the employment of domestic workers and farm workers, until regulated by a sectoral determination.
(2)The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, amend any cash amount prescribed in the definition of “paymenl in kind” in accordance with section 37 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, as if that section had not been repealed.
5.Ordinary hours of workAn employer may require or permit an employee who is employed as a farm worker, mineworker or security guard to work ordinary hours of work in excess of those prescribed by section 9(1) and (2) for the period specified in column two of Table One: Provided that—
(a)any condition in column two of Table One is complied with;
(b)the employee’s hours of work do not exceed any limit on hours of work in any law or any wage-regulating measure applicable to that category of employee immediately before this Act came into effect;
(c)the employee and his or her employer do not conclude an agreement in terms of sections 11 and 12.

Table One

Farm workersFor a period of 12 months after the commencement date of this Act, provided that the employee’s ordinary hours of work do not exceed 48 hours per week.
MineworkersFor a period of 12 months after the commencement date of this Act, provided that the employee’s total hours of work do not exceed any limit on hours or work prescribed in any applicable regulation that is in force in terms of item 4 of Schedule 4 to the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996).
Security guardsFor a period of 12 months after the commencement date of this Act, provided that the employee’s ordinary hours of work do not exceed 55 hours per week; and thereafter for a further period of 12 months, provided that the employee’s ordinary hours of work do not exceed 50 hours per week.[item amended by Government Notice R195 of 2000]
Security guards in the private security sectorDespite the preceding sentence, for a period of 12 months after the commencement date of a sectoral determination for the private security sector, provided that the employee’s ordinary hours of work do not exceed 55 hours per week; and thereafter for a further period of 12 months, provided that the employee’s ordinary hours of work do not exceed 50 hours per week.[item added by Government Notice R195 of 2000]
6.Leave pay
(1)The entitlement in terms of section 20(2) of an employee employed continuously before and after the commencement of this Act takes effect on the date on which, but for the enactment of this Act, the employee would next have commenced a leave cycle in terms of section 12 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, or any wage determination.
(2)Any accrued leave to which an employee was entitled in terms of section 12 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, or a wage determination, but which has not been granted by the date on which section 20(2) takes effect with respect to that employee, must be added to the paid leave earned by that employee in terms of this Act.
(3)Section 22(3) does not apply to any leave earned by the employee in respect of any period prior to the date on which this Act takes effect.
7.Pay for sick leave
(1)Table Two applies in respect of any employee, as defined in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, in employment at the commencement of this Act.
(2)An employee listed in column one who was in continuous employment before the commencement of this Act for the period set out in column two becomes entitled to the rights under section 22(2) on the date listed in column three and section 22(3) on the date listed in column four.

Table Two – Transitional arrangements in relation to sick leave

Employees as defined in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983Period of continuous employment before commencement date of this ActDate of entitlement to six weeks’ paid sick leave over 36-months sick leave cycle in terms of section 22(2)Date of entitlement to one day's paid sick leave every 26 days worked during the first six consecutive months of employment in terms of section 22(3)
Employees and regular day workersLess than six monthsSix months after commencement date of employmentDate on which employee began employment
Casual employeesLess than six monthsSix months after commencement date of employmentCommencement date of this Act
Regular day workers and casual employeesMore than six monthsCommencement date of this ActNot applicable
Employees (Other than casual workers and regular day workers)Between six and 12 monthsCommencement date of this ActNot applicable
EmployeesMore than 12 monthsAt conclusion of current sick leave cycle in terms of section 13(1) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983Not applicable
(3)Any period of paid sick leave granted to an employee in accordance with Table Two, may be deducted from the employee’s entitlement in terms of either section 22(2) or section 22(3), if—
(a)it was taken before the commencement of this Act; or
(b)it was taken during the period that the relevant section was in effect with respect to that employee.
8.ExemptionsAny exemption granted under section 34 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, in force immediately before the commencement of this Act remains in force for the period for which the exemption was granted, or if the exemption was granted for an indefinite period, for a period of six months after the commencement of this Act as if that Act had not been repealed, unless it is withdrawn by the Minister, before the end of such period.
9.Wage determinations
(1)Any wage determination and any amendment to a wage determination made in terms of section 15 of the Wage Act, 1957, in force immediately before the commencement of the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 2002 (hereafter referred to as a 'wage determination') is deemed to be a sectoral determination made in accordance with section 55 of this Act.
(2)Any provision in a wage determination stipulating a minimum term or condition of employment is deemed to be a basic condition of employment defined in section 1 of this Act.
(3)The Minister may amend, cancel, suspend, clarify or correct any wage determination in accordance with Chapter Eight of this Act.
(4)The provisions of a wage determination may be enforced in accordance with Chapter Ten of this Act.
(5)Any prosecution concerning a contravention of, or failure to comply with, a binding wage determination or licence of exemption from 1 November 1998 until the commencement of the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 2002, which prosecution commenced prior to or within three months of the commencement date of the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 2002, must be dealt with in terms of the Wage Act, 1957, as if the Wage Act, 1957, had not been repealed.
(6)The Director of Public Prosecutions having jurisdiction is deemed to have issued a certificate in terms of section 23(3)(a) of the Wage Act, 1957, in respect of any contravention or failure contemplated in subitem (5) in respect of which no prosecution is commenced within three months of the commencement date of the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 2002.
[item 9 substituted by section 23(a) of Act 11 of 2002]
10.Exemptions to wage determinationAny licence of exemption granted in respect of a wage determination in terms of section 19 of the Wage Act, 1957, in force immediately before the commencement of this Act is deemed to be withdrawn as from a date six months after the commencement date of the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 2002.[item 10 substituted by section 23(b) of Act 11 of 2002]
11.Agreements
(1)Any agreement entered into before the commencement of this Act which is permitted by this Act remains valid and binding.
(2)Any provision in a collective agreement concluded in a bargaining council that was in force immediately before this Act came into effect remains in effect for—
(a)six months after the commencement date of this Act in the case of a provision contemplated by section 49(1)(a) to (d); and
(b)18 months after the commencement date of this Act in the case of a provision contemplated by section 49(1)(e).

Schedule Four

Laws repealed by section 95(5)

Number and year of lawShort titleExtent of repeal
Act No. 5 of 1957Wage Act, 1957The whole
Act No. 48 of 1981Wage Amendment Act, 1981The whole
Act No. 3 of 1983Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983The whole
Act No. 26 of 1984Wage Amendment Act, 1984The whole
Act No. 27 of 1984Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 1984The whole
Act No. 104 of 1992Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 1992The whole
Act No. 137 of 1993Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 1993The whole
Act No. 147 of 1993Agricultural Labour Act, 1993Chapter 2
Act No. 50 of 1994Agricultural Labour Amendment Act, 1994Section 2
Act No. 66 of 1995Labour Relations Act, 1995Section 196
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Calculation of Employee's Remuneration, 2003 Government Notice 691 of 2003
Code of Good Practice for employment and conditions of work for expanded public works programmes, 2011 Government Notice 129 of 2011
Code of Good Practice for the employment of children in the performance of advertising, artistic or cultural activities, 2005 Government Notice R479 of 2005
Code of Good Practice on the arrangement of working time, 1998 Government Notice 1440 of 1998
Code of Good Practice on the protection of employees during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, 1998 Government Notice R1441 of 1998
Earnings threshold, 2023 Government Notice 3067 of 2023
Earnings threshold, 2024 Government Notice 4468 of 2024
Exclusion of the application of section 34A of the Act, 2003 Government Notice R1827 of 2003
General Administrative Regulations, 1998 Government Notice R1438 of 1998
General Administrative Regulations: Amendment Government Notice R319 of 2002
General Administrative Regulations: Amendment Government Notice R936 of 2002
General Administrative Regulations: Amendment Government Notice 655 of 2014
General Administrative Regulations: Amendment Government Notice R949 of 2014
General Administrative Regulations: Amendment Government Notice 1402 of 2018
General Administrative Regulations: Amendment Government Notice R24 of 2019
General Administrative Regulations: Amendment Government Notice R39 of 2020
General Administrative Regulations: Amendment Correction Government Notice R1010 of 2014
General Administrative Regulations: Amendment Correction Government Notice R174 of 2020
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Ministerial Determination 1: Small Business Sector, 1999 Government Notice R1295 of 1999
Ministerial Determination 4: Conditions of employment for employees in Expanded Public Works Programmes, South Africa, 2012 Government Notice R347 of 2012
Ministerial Determination: Welfare Sector, South Africa, 2001 Government Notice 655 of 2001
Sectoral Determination 10: Children in the performance of advertising, artistic and cultural activities, South Africa, 2004 Government Notice R882 of 2004
Sectoral Determination 11: Taxi Sector, 2005 Government Notice R409 of 2005
Sectoral Determination 1: Contract Cleaning Sector, South Africa, 1999 Government Notice 622 of 1999
Sectoral Determination 2: Civil Engineering Sector, South Africa, 2001 Government Notice R204 of 2001
Sectoral Determination 4: Clothing and Knitting Sector, South Africa, 2000 Government Notice R1007 of 2000
Sectoral Determination 5: Learnerships, 2001 Government Notice 519 of 2001
Sectoral Determination 6: Private Security Sector, South Africa, 2001 Government Notice R1250 of 2001
Sectoral Determination 7: Domestic Worker Sector, South Africa, 2002 Government Notice R1068 of 2002
Sectoral Determination 9: Wholesale and Retail Sector, South Africa, 2016 Government Notice 162 of 2016
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1. National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality and Others v Minister of Home Affairs and Others [1999] ZACC 17 (2 December 1999) 75 citations
2. Masetlha v President of Republic of South Africa and Another [2007] ZACC 20 (3 October 2007) 55 citations
3. Chirwa v Transnet Limited and Others [2007] ZACC 23 (28 November 2007) 48 citations
4. My Vote Counts NPC v Speaker of the National Assembly and Others [2015] ZACC 31 (30 September 2015) 39 citations
5. Makhanya v University of Zululand (218/2008) [2009] ZASCA 69 (29 May 2009) 25 citations
6. Volks NO v Robinson and Others [2005] ZACC 2 (21 February 2005) 21 citations
7. Baloyi v Public Protector and Others [2020] ZACC 27 (4 December 2020) 20 citations
8. Steenkamp and Others v Edcon Limited [2016] ZACC 1 (22 January 2016) 17 citations
9. Bel Porto School Governing Body and Others v Premier of Western Cape Province and Another [2002] ZACC 2 (21 February 2002) 16 citations
10. Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union v South African Correctional Services Workers' Union and Others [2018] ZACC 24 (23 August 2018) 13 citations
11. Pretorius and Another v Transport Pension Fund and Another [2018] ZACC 10 (25 April 2018) 13 citations
12. Fedlife Assurance Ltd v Wolfaardt (450/1999) [2001] ZASCA 91 (18 September 2001) 11 citations
13. Lewarne v Fochem International (Pty) Ltd (1073/18) [2019] ZASCA 114 (18 September 2019) 8 citations
14. Bwanya v Master of the High Court, Cape Town and Others [2021] ZACC 51 (31 December 2021) 7 citations
15. Du Toit and Another v Minister of Welfare and Population Development and Others [2002] ZACC 20 (10 September 2002) 7 citations
16. South African Maritime Safety Authority v McKenzie (17/2009) [2010] ZASCA 2 (15 February 2010) 7 citations
17. J v National Director of Public Prosecutions and Another [2014] ZACC 13 (6 May 2014) 6 citations
18. Singh and Another v Ebrahim (413/2009) [2010] ZASCA 145 (26 November 2010) 6 citations
19. Association of Mine Workers and Construction Union and Others v Royal Bafokeng Platinum Mine Limited and Others [2020] ZACC 1 (23 January 2020) 5 citations
20. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans v Thomas [2015] ZACC 26 (25 August 2015) 5 citations
21. Food & Allied Workers Union v Ngcobo NO and Another (353/2012) [2013] ZASCA 45 (28 March 2013) 3 citations
22. Amalungelo Workers’ Union and Others v Philip Morris South Africa (Pty) Ltd and Another [2019] ZACC 45 (26 November 2019) 2 citations
23. National Prosecuting Authority v PSA obo Meintjies and Others ; Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Director-General: DoJCD v PSA obo Meintjies and Others (353/2020; 354 of 2020) [2021] ZASCA 160 (17 November 2021) 2 citations
24. Skinner and Others v Nampak Products Limited and Others (JS 197/2016) [2019] ZALCJHB 189 (20 June 2019) 2 citations
25. Blitz Printers v Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration N.O. and Others (JR 1782/2012) [2014] ZALCJHB 13 (11 February 2014) 1 citation
26. Greater Tzaneen Municipality v Le Grange (685/2013) [2015] ZASCA 17 (18 March 2015) 1 citation
27. Mhlontlo Local Municipality and Others v Ngcangula and Another (1154/2022) [2024] ZASCA 5 (17 January 2024) 1 citation
28. Murray v Minister of Defence (383/2006) [2008] ZASCA 44 (31 March 2008) 1 citation
29. Resultant Finance (Pty) Ltd v Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration and Others (JR 3100/12) [2014] ZALCJHB 78 (30 September 2014) 1 citation
30. Transman (Pty) Ltd v South African Post Office Ltd and another (778/2011) [2012] ZASCA 145 (28 September 2012) 1 citation
31. ADCORP Fulfilment Services (Pty) Ltd v Prodigy Human Capital Architects (Pty) Ltd; In Re: Prodigy Human Capital Architects (Pty) Ltd v CCI SA (Umhlanga) (Pty) Ltd and Others (2018/17932) [2023] ZAGPJHC 579 (26 May 2023)
32. Algoa Bus Company (Pty) Ltd v Transport Action Retail and General Workers Union and Another (P368/13) [2015] ZALCPE 7 (7 May 2015)
33. Almazest (Pty) Ltd v Alexander and Others (P03/2013) [2015] ZALCPE 6 (14 May 2015)
34. Andrew Pandeka Chimphondah v Housing Investment Partners (Pty) Ltd and Others (JR 1195/2019) [2021] ZALCJHB 58 (31 May 2021)
35. Archer v Public School - Pinelands High School and Others (CA 12/2018) [2019] ZALAC 94 (25 November 2019)
36. Bessick v Baroque Medical (Pty) Ltd (WECT 13083/21) [2022] ZACCMA 1 (9 May 2022)
37. Binza v Walter Sisulu University N.O. and Others (P19/2022) [2022] ZALCPE 1 (25 February 2022)
38. Booysen v Minister of Safety and Security and Others (CA 09/08) [2010] ZALAC 20 (1 October 2010)
39. CSAAWU obo Dube and Others v Abbatoir (C 315/2011) [2015] ZALCCT 20 (23 March 2015)
40. CSS Tactical v SOCRAWU and Others (JA 69/14) [2015] ZALAC 16 (24 June 2015)
41. Chafeker v CCMA N.O. and Others (C 568/12) [2014] ZALCCT 16 (29 May 2014)
42. Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union and Another v Le – Sel Research (Pty) Ltd (J1226/08) [2009] ZALAC 2 (6 January 2009)
43. Chimphondah v Housing Investment Partners (Pty) Ltd N.O. and Others (JR 1195/2019) [2021] ZALCJHB 306 (31 May 2021)
44. City of Johannesburg v South African Municipal Workers Union obo Motaung N.N.O. and Others (J618/14) [2014] ZALCJHB 148 (19 March 2014)
45. Cloud Hamandawana v Dispute Resolution Centre N.O. and Others (C649/2012) [2013] ZALCCT 7 (5 November 2013)
46. Colpak v Adams and Others (C 790/2013) [2015] ZALCCT 24 (18 March 2015)
47. Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service v Pieters and Others (1026 of 2017) [2018] ZASCA 128 (27 September 2018)
48. Dario Investments t/a Tembisa Superspar v Makwela and Another (Leave to Appeal) (2023-091028) [2024] ZAGPJHC 62 (26 January 2024)
49. Davids v Minister of Defence and Military Veterans and Others ; Miles v Minister of Defence and Military Veterans and Others (13678/2022; 28399/2021) [2023] ZAGPPHC 141 (27 February 2023)
50. De Beer v Minister of Safety and Security Police (PA 1/12) [2013] ZALAC 13 (9 July 2013)
51. Defensor Electronic Security (Pty) Ltd v MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Northern Cape Province and Another (Reasons for Order Granted) (1245/2021) [2022] ZANCHC 35 (12 August 2022)
52. Democratic Alliance v African National Congress and Others (31418/2022) [2024] ZAGPPHC 154 (21 February 2024)
53. Dietrich and Others v Bennet N.O. and Others (CA 14/2016) [2019] ZALAC 78 (27 February 2019)
54. Director General Department of Employment and Labour and Another v Green Secure Group (P 76/2018) [2019] ZALCPE 15 (23 August 2019)
55. Du Plessis v Nevhutalu obo Cape Peninsula University of Technology N.O. and Another (C 817/2014) [2014] ZALCCT 4 (18 November 2014)
56. EDCON v Steenkm and Others (JS350/14; JS51/14; JS648/13) [2015] ZALAC 4 (3 March 2015)
57. EWN v Pharmaco Distribution (Pty) Ltd (JS654/10) [2015] ZALCJHB 11 (22 September 2015)
58. Edumbe Municipality v Makhoba and Others (1940/2016) [2016] ZAKZPHC 100 (27 October 2016)
59. Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality v South African Municipal Workers Union N.O and Others (JA 56/2015) [2017] ZALAC 84 (18 December 2017)
60. Ekurhuleni Metropolitan v SAMWU (JA12/13) [2014] ZALAC 15 (23 October 2014)
61. Equal Education v Provincial Minister For Education: Western Cape Province and Others; South African Democratic Teacher’s Union v MEC for Education: Western Cape and Others (12880/2019) [2023] ZAWCHC 92 (17 July 2023)
62. Foy v Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others (J1952/2017) [2023] ZALCJHB 1 (8 September 2023)
63. Gardner and Others v Central University of Technology Free State (JA 65/10) [2012] ZALAC 27 (25 July 2012)
64. Gqithekhaya and Others v Amathole District Municipality (EL 601/2021) [2022] ZAECELLC 14 (5 August 2022)
65. Grup v Renaissance BJM Securities (Proprietary) Ltd (J 1720/12) [2014] ZALCJHB 155 (25 February 2014)
66. Gubevu v National Credit Regulator (21151/2018) [2018] ZAGPPHC 483 (19 April 2018)
67. HOSPERSA obo Tshambi v Department of Health KwaZulu-Natal (DA 1/2015) [2016] ZALAC 138 (24 March 2016)
68. HeightSafety Training Academy (Pty) Ltd v Mose and Others (J 2039/2019) [2019] ZALCJHB 375 (22 November 2019)
69. Hendor Mining Supplies v Fohlisa and Others (JA 55/2014) [2015] ZALAC 28 (26 November 2015)
70. Hendrik Van Wyk Vervoer (Pty) Ltd v National Bargaining Council for Road Freight and Logistics Industry N.O. and Others (JR 64/2018) [2021] ZALCJHB 301 (16 August 2021)
71. Hudson and Another v South African Airways Soc Ltd (J 543 /13; J 545/13) [2014] ZALCJHB 130 (24 April 2014)
72. Intercape Ferreira Mainliner (Pty) Ltd and Another v NUMSA and Others (C 179/2015) [2015] ZALCCT 22 (2 April 2015)
73. Jeewan v Transnet Soc Limited and Another (696/2023) [2024] ZASCA 108 (4 July 2024)
74. Jijana and Others v Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others [2018] ZALCD 17 (3 October 2018)
75. KSD Employees - Traffic Officers v King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality (KSD) (Judgment on Appeal) (CA 76/2022) [2023] ZAECMHC 56 (31 October 2023)
76. Ketse v Telkom SA Soc Ltd and Others (P 400/14) [2014] ZALCPE 1 (5 December 2014)
77. Kievits Kroon Country Estate (Pty) Ltd v Mmoledi and Others (875/2012) [2013] ZASCA 189 (29 November 2013)
78. King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality Employess - Access Control Officers v King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality (Mthatha Full Bench Appeal (CA 14/2022) [2022] ZAECMHC 41 (13 December 2022)
79. Kufa v National Research Foundation and Others (6055/2021) [2023] ZAGPPHC 4 (5 January 2023)
80. Kylie v Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CA10/08) [2010] ZALAC 8 (28 May 2010)
81. Legal Aid South Africa v Theunissen (CA 14/2018) [2019] ZALAC 93 (25 November 2019)
82. Lemley v CCMA N.N.O. and Others (P 32/12) [2013] ZALCPE 4 (17 April 2013)
83. Liebenberg v Mbekwa and Others (JR 2829/09) [2014] ZALCJHB 77 (9 October 2014)
84. MIA v State Information Technology Agency (Pty) Ltd (D 312/2012) [2015] ZALCD 3 (26 March 2015)
85. Majatladi v Metropolitan Health Risk Management N.O. and Others (C 798/12) [2013] ZALCCT 16 (5 June 2013)
86. Makwela and Another v Dario Investments t/a Tembisa Superspar (2023-091028) [2023] ZAGPJHC 1144 (10 October 2023)
87. Marques and Others v Group Five Construction (Pty) Ltd N.N.O and Others (D 1051/2019) [2019] ZALCJHB 139 (25 July 2019)
88. Marques and Others v Group Five Construction (Pty) Ltd and Others (1051/2019) [2019] ZALCJHB 330 (25 July 2019)
89. Masuku v Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (2014/11875) [2023] ZAGPJHC 1359 (8 November 2023)
90. Mathebeli v Minister of Labour (JA25/ 2013) [2014] ZALAC 17 (25 November 2014)
91. Mawethu Civils (Pty) Ltd and Another v National Union of Mineworkers and Others (P 562/11) [2013] ZALCPE 9 (12 February 2013)
92. Mayana v Executive Mayor: Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality and Others (CA09/2023) [2023] ZAECGHC 93 (19 September 2023)
93. Mbambi v Tyeks Security Services (4348/2019) [2023] ZAECMHC 38 (4 July 2023)
94. Mbanjwa v Minister of National Department of Public Works and Others (JS 776/2018) [2021] ZALCJHB 309 (23 April 2021)
95. Mbanjwa v Minister of the National Department of Public Works and Others (JS 776/2018) [2021] ZALCJHB 132 (23 April 2021)
96. Media 24 Ltd and Another v Grobler (301/2004) [2005] ZASCA 64 (1 June 2005)
97. Merafong City Local Municipality v South African Local Government Bargaining Council and Others (J 1849/12; JR 1769/12) [2014] ZALCJHB 103 (22 July 2014)
98. Mhlongo v South African Revenue Service (JA 3/2016) [2017] ZALAC 111 (16 February 2017)
99. Mncwati and Others v King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality (5448/2021) [2023] ZAECMHC 44 (22 August 2023)
100. Mohlaka v Minister of Finance and Others (J2283/07) [2009] ZALAC 3 (6 January 2009)
101. Monare v SA Tourism and Others (JA45/14) [2015] ZALAC 26 (11 June 2015)
102. Monare v South African Tourism (JS 133/2016) [2019] ZALCJHB 205 (2 May 2019)
103. Monare v South African Tourism (JS 133/2016) [2019] ZALCJHB 391 (2 May 2019)
104. Mondi Packaging (Pty) Ltd v Director-General: Labour and Others (JA49/08) [2010] ZALAC 14 (23 July 2010)
105. Moodley and Another v Minister of Police and Others (D321/12; D322/12) [2014] ZALCD 28 (31 January 2014)
106. Municipal and Allied Trade Union Of South Africa v Central Karoo District Municipality and Others (CA 6/2019) [2020] ZALAC 73 (28 May 2020)
107. NUMSA and Others v Marley Pipe Systems SA (Pty) Ltd (JA 33/2020) [2021] ZALAC 292 (23 June 2021)
108. National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa and Another v Wainwright N.O. and Others (JR 1060/10) [2015] ZALCJHB 88 (24 February 2015)
109. National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and Others v SCAW South Africa (Pty) Ltd (36203/20) [2023] ZAGPJHC 484 (15 May 2023)
110. Ngcangula v Mhlontlo Local Municipality and Others; In Re: Nqekeho and Mhlontlo Local Municipality and Others (1343 of 2021; 1466 of 2021) [2022] ZAECMHC 20 (16 August 2022)
111. Nhlapho and Others v SASOL Mining Ltd (JS 737/2009; JS 778/2009) [2019] ZALCJHB 384 (19 September 2019)
112. Nijs v Fleet Africa (Pty) Ltd and Another (J2115/12) [2014] ZALCJHB 27 (30 May 2014)
113. Optimum Coal Terminal (Pty) Limited and Another v Richards Bay Coal Terminal (Pty) Limited and Others (D531/2023) [2023] ZAKZDHC 10 (1 March 2023)
114. Padayachee v Interpak Books (Pty) Ltd (D243-12) [2014] ZALCD 24 (4 March 2014)
115. Parliament of the Republic of South Africa v Charlton (CA2/08) [2010] ZALAC 13 (21 July 2010)
116. Pilanesburg Platinum Mines (Pty) Ltd v Ramabulana (JA 91/2016) [2019] ZALAC 87 (28 August 2019)
117. RP Africa Fleet Services (Pty) Ltd v Minister of Home Affairs and Others (A 146/19) [2022] ZAGPPHC 850 (15 June 2022)
118. Rand Water v Stoop and Another (JA 78/11) [2012] ZALAC 34 (8 November 2012)
119. Rooiport Developments (Pty) Ltd v Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and Others (J 272/15) [2015] ZALCJHB 90 (24 February 2015)
120. SATAWU v Fidelity Supercare Cleaning (JS 879/10) [2015] ZALAC 7 (17 April 2015)
121. Schloemann v Goldstone Resources Ltd (C 658/2016) [2018] ZALCCT 44 (13 December 2018)
122. Sebatana v Ratton Local Municipality N.O. and Another (J 2069/11) [2015] ZALCJHB 98 (21 January 2015)
123. Sibanye Gold Limited v Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration N.O. and Others (JR 1380/2019) [2021] ZALCJHB 299 (23 August 2021)
124. Sibindi v Tiger Consumer Brand Ltd; In Re: Tiger Consumer Brand Ltd v Sibindi (2022/7483) [2023] ZAGPJHC 716 (14 June 2023)
125. Skinner and Others v Nampak Products Ltd and Others (JS 197/2016) [2019] ZALCJHB 389 (20 June 2019)
126. Smart v Bytes Managed Solutions (JS 986/10) [2014] ZALCJHB 38 (25 June 2014)
127. Solidarity obo Van Emmenis v Sirius Risk Management (Pty) Ltd (J 1610/12) [2015] ZALCJHB 36 (20 August 2015)
128. South African Football Association v Mangope (JA13/11) [2012] ZALAC 29 (7 September 2012)
129. South African Medical Association and Another v Member of Executive Council for Health in North West (JR 2580/2012) [2020] ZALCJHB 6 (22 May 2020)
130. South African Medical Association obo Boffard v Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and Others (J 2469/13) [2014] ZALCJHB 147 (20 March 2014)
131. South African Municipal Workers Union and Another v Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (P483/11) [2015] ZALCPE 1 (24 November 2015)
132. Super Group Supply Chain Partners v Dlamini and Another (JA 77/10) [2012] ZALAC 28 (29 August 2012)
133. Syrex (Pty) Ltd v Ramfolo (J1267/14) [2015] ZALCJHB 81 (27 February 2015)
134. T N obo B N v Member of Executive Council for Health, Eastern Cape (36/2017) [2023] ZAECBHC 4 (7 February 2023)
135. TFD Network Africa (Pty) Ltd v Singh N.O. and Others (C 571/11) [2015] ZALCCT 16 (6 May 2015)
136. TFD Network Africa (Pty) Ltd v Singh N.O. and Others (CA 16/2015) [2016] ZALAC 113 (8 November 2016)
137. Telkom SA Soc Ltd v Mashaba (J 3734/2018) [2018] ZALCJHB 456 (29 November 2018)
138. Themba v Mintroad Sawmills (Pty) Ltd (J 1683 / 2012) [2014] ZALCJHB 21 (12 November 2014)
139. Total South Africa (Pty) Ltd v Meyer N.O. and Others (JA 3/2020) [2021] ZALAC 293 (2 June 2021)
140. Transnet Ltd and Others v Chirwa (24/2005) [2006] ZASCA 177 (29 September 2006)
141. Tswaing Local Municipality v Ramphele and Others ; In re: Ramphele v Tswaing Local Municipality (M195/15) [2024] ZANWHC 81 (20 March 2024)
142. UASA obo Maribe and Others v Coca Cola Fortune (Pty) Ltd N.O. and Others (JR 2439/2017) [2021] ZALCJHB 281 (31 August 2021)
143. Universal Church v Myeni (DA 3/14) [2015] ZALAC 25 (28 July 2015)
144. Van Wyk and Others v Minister of Employment and Labour and Others (2022/017842) [2023] ZALCJHB 2 (25 October 2023)
145. Van den Berg v Tshwane University of Technology (16704/2012) [2018] ZAGPPHC 644 (23 February 2018)
146. Vela v Efora Energy Limited (385/2018) [2019] ZASCA 44 (29 March 2019)
147. Volschenk v Pragma Africa (Pty) Ltd (C 414/13) [2014] ZALCCT 17 (27 May 2014)
148. Wasa v KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority and Others (J1374/2012) [2014] ZALCJHB 109 (25 June 2014)
149. Wellen v Bucklands Communal Property Association and Others (2435/2021) [2023] ZANCHC 41 (24 March 2023)
150. Windybrow Theatre v Maphela and Others (JA47/15) [2016] ZALAC 126 (14 June 2016)
151. Woolworths (Pty) Ltd v SACCAWU obo Moeng and Others (JA 56/2016) [2017] ZALAC 93 (19 September 2017)
152. Zwane v Sasol Technology and Another (91849/2015) [2023] ZAGPPHC 109 (22 February 2023)
Legislation 28
1. Skills Development Act, 1998 596 citations
2. Employment Equity Act, 1998 534 citations
3. Children's Act, 2005 525 citations
4. National Health Act, 2003 439 citations
5. Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 183 citations
6. Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act, 2013 51 citations
7. Employment Services Act, 2014 33 citations
8. National Minimum Wage Act, 2018 16 citations
9. COVID-19 Occupational Health and Safety measures in workplaces COVID-19 (C19 OHS), 2020
10. COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (C19 TERS) Direction, 2021
11. COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (C19 TERS) Direction, 2021
12. Code of Good Practice: Managing Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in the Workplace
13. Consolidated COVID-19 Direction on Health and Safety in the Workplace
14. Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Certain Workplaces
15. Consolidated Directions on Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Certain Workplaces
16. Covid-19 Temporary Relief Scheme, 2020
17. Direction Extending COVID-19 TERS Benefits for Certain Categories of Employee
18. Direction Extending COVID-19 TERS Benefits for Certain Categories of Employees
19. Direction Providing COVID-19 TERS Benefits for Certain Categories of Employees
20. Directions Regarding e-Commerce Sales During Alert Level 4 of the COVID-19 National State of Disaster
21. Employment Equity Regulations, 2014
22. Film
23. General Administrative Regulations, 1998
24. Regulations Relating to the Kwazulu-Natal Joint Municipal Pension Fund (Retirement), 2019
25. Regulations Relating to the Kwazulu-Natal Joint Municipal Pension Fund (Superannuation), 2019
26. Regulations Relating to the Kwazulu-Natal Joint Municipal Provident Fund, 2019
27. Rules for the Conduct of Proceedings in the Labour Court, 1996
28. Unemployment Insurance Regulations, 2002