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Can you dismiss an employee for refusing to be vaccinated?

21 March 2022,  Sinenhlanhla Khoza

Many companies are struggling with the question of whether they can make it mandatory for their employees to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus and, if necessary, even take disciplinary steps against an employee who refuses to be vaccinated. So what does our law say about this?

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Dismissal for refusing vaccination ruled to be fair

27 January 2022,  Sinenhlanhla Khoza

The publishing of the Consolidated Directive on occupational Health and Safety Measure in certain workplaces in June 2020 caused an uproar due to the introduction of possible mandatory vaccination in certain workplaces. Since then,  many employers in the country have adopted policies which makes vaccination mandatory for their employees. This opened the door for an unvaccinated employee now possibly putting their own livelyhoods on the line by refusing to be vaccinated.  In a very rece...

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Demystifying the 2021 property market

03 November 2021,  Libo van Aswegen

South African industry role-players such as Rhys Dyer, CEO of OOBA bond originators, have supporting data to confirm that the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed consumer behaviour as well as banking trends, resulting in a surprising boom in the local residential property market over the past twelve months.

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Can you be dismissed for not wearing a face mask at work?

12 October 2021,  Justin Boikanyo

I’m an HR manager and also responsible for health and safety at my workplace. Lately I’ve noticed an increasing number of employees failing to keep their Covid masks on at work, despite regular warnings. My employer is very worried about this and has asked if we are allowed to dismiss employees that blatantly fail to adhere to our Covid-19 protocol of wearing a face mask. Not wearing a face mask is in my view very serious, but dismissing someone is also a serious step. Can someone be...

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POPIA and remote working employees

14 September 2021,  Damian Viviers

I’m the owner of a small financial services firm. With Covid-19, like many businesses, we enabled staff to work from home. The arrangement is working well and we are contemplating retaining the option of remote work for some of our staff. Is there anything specific we need to do from a POPIA perspective in respect of such remote working staff?

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Can Covid-19 vaccinations be made compulsory by employers?

10 August 2021,  Sinenhlanhla Khoza

I work in a large retail store, and rumours are that my employer is going to require all employees to be vaccinated for Covid-19. I don’t have a problem with anyone getting the vaccine, but I haven’t made up my mind yet as to whether I want to get vaccinated. What are my rights in this regard, and can my employer force me to get vaccinated?

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Dismissed for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine - is that fair?

17 March 2021,  Sinenhlanhla Khoza

With the words “I have been vaccinated!” being common among our healthcare workers these days, it is natural to start wondering whether your job may be at risk for refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Right now there is no law in South Africa that obligates an employee to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.  In fact, there is no legislation which regulates the circumstances under which an employer may force an employee to undergo medical treatment as opposed to medical ...

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Can my employee refuse to come to work because of Covid-19?

16 March 2021,  Sinenhlanhla Khoza

Although we are nearing the tail-end of the Covid-pandemic, I still have a number of my employees that are refusing to come to work because of Covid-19. I’ve tolerated them being at home, but my problem is that there is very little work they can do from home, yet I have to pay them. Can I force them to come back?

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The final say on business interruption insurance and Covid-19

16 March 2021,  Brady Mac Pherson

I’ve been following the media reports relating to the Café Chameleon case and their claim that their business interruption insurance covers losses suffered due to Covid-19. The last I heard was that this case was being appealed by the insurer. I have a similar argument going with my insurers, and would like to know whether there is any finality yet on the matter.

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