Introduction to Labour Law

What does this course achieve?

This one-day course will provide you with a basic understanding of the purpose and key provisions of three of South Africa’s main employment-related statutes – The Labour Relations Act, The Basic Conditions of Employment Act, and the Employment Equity Act.

Course outline

  1. The purpose of labour legislation
  2. Labour Relations Act
    • Freedom of association
    • Trade Unions and organisational rights
    • Collective agreements
    • Industrial action
    • Forms of industrial action
    • Protected and unprotected strikes
    • Dispute resolution processes and bodies
    • Non-standard employment
    • Principles of fairness for workplace discipline and dismissal (Code of Good Practice: Dismissal)
  3. Basic Conditions of Employment Act 
    • Core provisions of the BCEA:
      • Working time
      • Leave
      • Particulars of employment and remuneration
      • Termination
    • BCEA and Collective Agreements
  4. Employment Equity Act
    • Purpose and application
    • Discrimination
      • Prohibition of unfair discrimination
      • Medical testing
      • Job applicants
      • Relevance for recruitment and selection
    • Affirmative action
      • Designated employer
      • Designated group
      • Affirmative action measures
      • Context for affirmative action

This course is accredited by the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) and is aligned to Unit Standard 13952 Demonstrate Basic Understanding of the Primary Labour Legislation that Impacts on a Business Unit.

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