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Effect of an indemnity in an e-mail

Effect of an indemnity in an e-mail

By Sanette Viljoen In many cases a long, drawn-out section in fine print appears at the bottom of an e-mail. Usually no-one reads it. Often it contains complicated terminology which indemnifies the sender against this and that. The question is: What is the value thereof? E-mail indemnity has become such a tedious routine that most  … Read more

Claim for negligence against doctor or hospital, at no cost

Claim for negligence against doctor or hospital, at no cost

By Sanette Viljoen Most people think it is practically impossible to lodge a claim for medical negligence against a doctor, specialist or hospital due to the fact that is very expensive and almost unaffordable. It is important to take into account that medical law represents an extremely specialised area of the law. Lawyers and advocates  … Read more

How to remove your name from the blacklist

How to remove your name from the blacklist

By Sanette Viljoen Being blacklisted means that you have a negative credit profile. If you are on the blacklist, it means that you cannot get credit. You will therefore not be able to open a clothes or furniture account. A bank loan will also be impossible. You may only be blacklisted if judgment was taken  … Read more

Parents who don’t qualify for maternity leave

Parents who don’t qualify for maternity leave

New proposed legislation for employees who become parents and do not qualify for maternity leave By Phil Davel On 28 November 2017, the National Assembly (NA) approved the new proposed amendment to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, No. 75 of 1997 as amended, in the form of the Labour Relations Amendment Bill. Although this  … Read more

New smoking laws you need to know about

New smoking laws you need to know about

By Reon Janse van Rensburg We all have the right to a healthy environment Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (No. 108 of 1996) determines that every resident has the right to a healthy environment. In accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (No. 85 of 1993), as well  … Read more

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Solidarity's general litigation division provides assistance to members who encounter legal problems in the workplace. Assistance is provided in respect of legal enquiries, consultations, grievance procedures, disciplinary inquiries, conciliations and arbitrations.

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  • In the case of South African Airways v Van Vuuren, the distinction between “compensation” and “damages” was deliberated in the judgment of the Labour Appeal Court. It was clear that the two words were often used interchangeably because of their meanings being ambiguous. This would naturally affect the discretion of the court in awarding claims  … Read more

  • It is well-known that Solidarity has been involved in a long battle against government’s implementation of affirmative action. Over the past ten years we have brought several discrimination cases before the Labour Court, the Labour Appeal Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and also before the Constitutional Court. In 2012 a decision was made to  … Read more

  • Introduction We, as Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices, have a number of concerns regarding the proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act (EEA) as reflected in our comments provided to the portfolio committee. We would like to take this opportunity to focus on the issue we are most concerned about, namely the amendments to  … Read more

  • Much has already been said about the impact that majoritarianism has had on minority unions and the subsequent Marikana “consequences”. However, in this article we consider the effect thereof, especially on minority groups during employment equity negotiations. In terms of section 16 of the Employment Equity Act (No. 55 of 1998)  an employer is required  … Read more

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    Debt counselling is a process that was introduced by the National Credit Act to assist consumers who have high debt levels and are in trouble. The aim of debt counselling is to restructure debt and establish a repayment plan that is supported by creditors or that is found by the court to be fair in the circumstances.

    In other words, it is a form of rehabilitation that carries on in a structured manner until a consumer’s debt levels return to “normal” and he/she can function normally like any other consumer who controls his/her debt levels.


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