Welcome to the last edition of the labour news flash for 2018. It has been a tumultuous year with a number of very important developments taking place in the labour market space.

Possibly the biggest case in recent years has been the Assign Services matter. This outcome provided clarity on the situation between temporary employment service providers and their employees. It also supported the continuation of the triangular relationship and reinforced the role of the TES in the South African marketplace.

Another important development is the introduction of the National Minimum Wage which is set at R20.00 an hour based on a 40 hour work week. There will be a number of processes regarding this, as well as an exemption process which is currently in the process of being tested.

Added to this there will be changes to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act to incorporate the National Minimum Wage and also some new developments on parental leave. There have also been changes to the Labour Relations Act which would probably be implemented at the same time as the National Minimum Wage.

Overall a tumultuous year in the world of Labour Law in South Africa. No doubt, Global Business Solutions is at the forefront of these developments and we continue to strive to keep you posted on future developments as and when they arise.

Thank you for your support of our recent Labour Law Updates, which have seen numerous regions setting a new record for attendance. We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Employment Conference on 13 March 2019.

Jonathan Goldberg and Grant Wilkinson