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Your rights as a worker

 

Whatever job you do, you can run into problems at work. Sometimes these can be sorted out quickly by informal discussions with your employer. However, problems can sometimes turn serious in which case an informal chat is unlikely to help and either side may wish to follow a formal legal process. Whenever a problem arise at work, it is important that you have a basic understanding of certain concepts such as your contract of employment, conditions of employment, grievance and disciplinary as well as retrenchment procedures etc. A failure to comply with your contract of employment and/or all the relevant rules, regulations and standards set by the employer may have serious consequences.

 

The following is only a selection of the concepts in very broad terms. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these and others issues not covered here so that, when you are confronted with questions e.g about what happens when you lose your job, you can deal with it. Please note that the law is often complicated. We cannot detail with everything you would find in a legal textbook. What we try and do, however, is twofold: Firstly to make you aware of some of the issues which will hopefully spur you on to learn more and secondly, to create the facility whereby you can contact us for more information. Please note that while we have tried to keep the content below as accurate as we can, you cannot take a short introduction like this as a comprehensive statement of the law.

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

The essential elements of the employment contract can be summarized as follows:

  • a voluntary agreement
  • between two parties (employer and employee)
  • in terms of which the employee places labour potential at the disposal and under the control of
  • the employer
  • in exchange for some form of remuneration by the employer

 

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Terms and conditions of employment normally include issues such as working hours, leave, sick leave, the length of notice of termination, remuneration, how and when the remuneration is to be paid and other duties of the employer and employee.

 

If the employer, without obtaining the agreement of the employee, changes an agreed term of employment, the employee may respond that the employer has breached the employment contract.

REGULATION OF WORKING TIME
OVERTIME
LEAVE
TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT
THE IMPORTANCE OF UNFAIR DISMISSAL LAW
SECTION 197 TRANSFER OF EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS
DISCIPLINE AND DISMISSAL FOR MISCONDUCT
AN AGENCY SHOP AGREEMENT

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