5 major acts of Labour you need to know about

5 major acts of Labour you need to know about

It’s important for employers to familiarise themselves with the Labour Acts, even those Acts with proposed changes still needing to be adopted by parliament. Knowing them can help assess their potential impact. 

Parliament has amended: 

  1. Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  • To increase benefit values
  • Simplify their administration
  • Clarify that foreign national employees and learners employed on a learnership agreement are eligible to claim benefits.
  1. Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act 
  • To make it compulsory for foreign national employees and people on a learnership to contribute to the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Especially since you need to contribute to an insurance fund to benefit from it, the changes to the Contributions Act took effect from March 2018. 

  1. Parental leave

Extended parental leave introduces three new forms of leave for employees:  

  • Parental leave of 10 days
  • Adoption leave of 10 weeks
  • Commissioning leave (where a surrogate mother is involved) of 10 weeks.

This allows for parents the right to bond with the new member of their family, even if they’re not the person giving birth; this includes adoptive parents and parents working with a surrogate. 

  1. New Smoking Law

The Department of Health officially released its Draft Tobacco Bill for public comment. With a new smoking law to change how and where you can smoke at work. 

Among other proposals, the Draft Bill plans to: 

  • Ban smoking in certain public spaces.  
  • Clamp down on what advertising may be used to promote tobacco products.
  • Prohibit of smoking in any outdoor public place or workplace if believed it would be in the public interest. 
  1. TheLabour Relations Act 

It’s a Code of Good Practice on Collective Bargaining, Industrial Action and Picketing and Picketing Regulations.  

The Labour Relations Act is currently being considered by parliament and the purposes of the legislative amendments to the Act include:   

  • To address the challenges of labour market stability and wage inequality.  
  • To provide a stronger environment for collective bargaining and wage negotiations and ensure that due processes are followed when strikes or lockouts take place.
  • To addressing violent strikes. Trade Unions and Employers Organisations will be required to make provision in their constitutions for a ballot of members before embarking on a strike or lockout.
Categories: Laws