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Labour Legislation Index

Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997 as amended

BASIC CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT ACT 75 OF 1997

(Gazette No. 18491, Notice No. 1631). 

(1 September 2014 – to date)

ACT

 

To give effect to the right to fair labour practices referred to in section 23(1) of the Constitution by establishing and making provision for the regulation of basic conditions of employment; and thereby to comply with the obligations of the Republic as a member state of the International Labour Organisation; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

 

_________________________________

(English text signed by the President.)

(Assented to 26 November 1997.)

__________________________________

 

BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa as follows:-

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

CHAPTER ONE

Definitions, purpose and application of this Act

 

1. Definitions

2. Purpose of this Act

3. Application of this Act

4. Inclusion of provisions in contracts of employment

5. This Act not affected by agreements

 

CHAPTER TWO

Regulation of working time

 

6. Application of this Chapter

7. Regulation of working time

8. Interpretation of day

9. Ordinary hours of work

10. Overtime

11. Compressed working week

12. Averaging of hours of work

13. Determination of hours of work by Minister

14. Meal intervals

15. Daily and weekly rest period

16. Pay for work on Sundays

17. Night work

18. Public holidays

 

CHAPTER THREE

Leave

 

19. Application of this Chapter

20. Annual leave

21. Pay for annual leave

22. Sick leave

23. Proof of incapacity

24. Application to occupational accidents or diseases

25. Maternity leave

26. Protection of employees before and after birth of a child

27. Family responsibility leave

 

CHAPTER FOUR

Particulars of employment and remuneration

 

28. Application of this Chapter

29. Written particulars of employment

30. Informing employees of their rights

31. Keeping of records

32. Payment of remuneration

33. Information about remuneration

33A. Prohibited conduct by employer

34. Deductions and other acts concerning remuneration

34A. Payment of contributions to benefit funds

35. Calculation of remuneration and wages

 

CHAPTER FIVE

Termination of employment

 

36. Application of this Chapter

37. Notice of termination of employment

38. Payment instead of notice

39. Employees in accommodation provided by employers

40. Payments on termination

41. Severance pay

42. Certificate of service

 

CHAPTER SIX

Prohibition of employment of children and forced labour

 

43. Prohibition of work by children

44. Regulations on work by children

45. Medical examinations

46. Prohibitions

47. Evidence of age

48. Prohibition of forced labour

 

CHAPTER SEVEN

Variation of basic conditions of employment

 

49. Variation by agreement

50. Variation by Minister

 

CHAPTER EIGHT

Sectoral determinations

 

51. Sectoral determination

52. Investigation

53. Conduct of investigation

54. Preparation of report

55. Making of sectoral determination

56. Period of operation of sectoral determination

57. Legal effect of sectoral determination

58. Employer to keep a copy of sectoral determination

 

CHAPTER NINE

Employment Conditions Commission

 

59. Establishment and functions of Employment Conditions Commission

60. Composition of Commission

61. Public hearings

62. Report by Commission

 

CHAPTER TEN

Monitoring, enforcement and legal proceedings

 

63. Appointment of labour inspectors

64. Functions of labour inspectors

65. Powers of entry

66. Powers to question and inspect

67. Co-operation with labour inspectors

68. Securing an undertaking

69. Compliance order

70. Limitations

71. ……….

72. ……….

73. Order may be made order of Labour Court

74. Consolidation of proceedings

75. Payment of interest

76. Proof of compliance

77. Jurisdiction of Labour Court

77A. Powers of Labour Court

78. Rights of employees

79. Protection of rights

80. Procedure for disputes

81. Burden of proof

 

CHAPTER ELEVEN

General

 

82. Temporary employment services

83. Deeming of persons as employees

83A. Presumption as to who is employee

84. Duration of employment

85. Delegation

86. Regulations

87. Codes of Good Practice

88. Minister's power to add and change footnotes

89. Representation of employees or employers

90. Confidentiality

91. Answers not to be used in criminal prosecutions

92. Obstruction, undue influence and fraud

93. Penalties

94. This Act binds the State

95. Transitional arrangements and amendment and repeal of laws

96. Short title and commencement

SCHEDULES

Schedule One: Procedures for progressive reduction of maximum working hours

Schedule Two: Maximum permissible fees that may be imposed for failure to comply with this Act

Schedule Three: Transitional provisions

Schedule Four: Laws repealed by section 95(5)

 

CHAPTER ONE

Definitions, purpose and application of this Act

 

1. Definitions

 

In this Act, unless the context indicates otherwise-

 

"agreement" includes a collective agreement;

"area" includes any number of areas, whether or not contiguous;

"bargaining council" means a bargaining council registered in terms of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, and, in relation to the public service, includes the bargaining councils referred to in section 35 of that Act;

"basic condition of employment" means a provision of this Act or sectoral determination that stipulates a minimum term or condition of employment;

"CCMA" means the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration established in terms of section 112 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;

"child" means a person who is under 18 years of age;

"code of good practice" means a code of good practice issued by the Minister in terms of section 87 of this Act;

"collective agreement" means a written agreement concerning terms and conditions of employment or any other matter of mutual interest concluded by one or more registered trade unions, on the one hand and, on the other hand-

(a) one or more employers;

(b) one or more registered employers' organisations; or

(c) one or more employers and one or more registered employers' organisation;

"Commission" means the Employment Conditions Commission established by section 59(1);

"compliance order" means a compliance order issued by a labour inspector in terms of section 69(1);

"Constitution" means the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996);

"council" includes a bargaining council and a statutory council; 

"Department" means the Department of Labour;

"Director-General" means the Director-General of Labour; 

"dispute" includes an alleged dispute;

"domestic worker" means an employee who performs domestic work in the home of his or her employer and includes-

(a) a gardener;

(b) a person employed by a household as driver of a motor vehicle; and

(c) a person who takes care of children, the aged, the sick, the frail or the disabled, 

but does not include a farm worker;

"employee" means-

(a) any person, excluding an independent contractor, who works for another person or for the State and who receives, or is entitled to receive, any remuneration; and

(b) any other person who in any manner assists in carrying on or conducting the business of an employer,

and "employed" and "employment" have a corresponding meaning;1

"employees' organisation" means any number of employers associated together for the purpose, whether by itself or with other purposes, of regulating relations between employers and employees or trade unions;

"employment law" includes this Act, any other Act the administration of which has been assigned to the Minister, and any of the following Acts:

(a) The Unemployment Insurance Act, 1966 (Act No. 30 of 1966);

(b) the Skills Development Act ,1998 (Act 97 of 1998);

(c) the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act 55 of 1998);

(d) the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993);

(e) the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act No. 130 of 1993);

(Definition of “employment law” substituted by section 1 of Act 11 of 2002)

"farm worker" means an employee who is employed mainly in or in connection with farming activities, and includes an employee who wholly or mainly performs domestic work in a home on a farm;

"Labour Appeal Court" means the Labour Appeal Court established by section 167 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;

"Labour Court" means the Labour Court established by section 151 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;

"labour inspector" means a labour inspector appointed under section 63, and includes any person designated by the Minister under that section to perform any function of a labour inspector;

"Labour Relations Act, 1995" means the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995)

"medical practitioner" means a person entitled to practice as a medical practitioner in terms of section 17 of the Medical, Dental and Supplementary Health Service Professions Act, 1974 (Act No. 56 of 1974);

"midwife" means a person registered or enrolled to practice as a midwife in terms of section 16 of the Nursing Act, 1978 (Act No. 50 of 1978);

"Minister" means the Minister of Labour;

"month" means a calendar month;

"NEDLAC" means the National Economic, Development and Labour Council established by section 2 of the National Economic, Development and Labour Council Act, 1994 (Act No. 35 of 1994);

"ordinary hours of work" means the hours of work permitted in terms of section 9 or in terms of any agreement in terms of sections 11 or 12;

"overtime" means the time that an employee works during a day or a week in excess of ordinary hours of work;

"prescribe" means to prescribe by regulation and "prescribed" has a corresponding meaning;

"public holiday" means any day that is a public holiday in terms of the Public Holidays Act, 1994 (Act No. 36 of 1994);

"public service" means the public service referred to in section 1(1) of the Public Service Act, 1994 (Proclamation No. 103 of 1994), and includes any organisational component contemplated in section 7(4) of that Act and specified in the first column of Schedule 2 to that Act, but excluding-

(a) the members of the National Defence Force;

(b) ……….

(Paragraph (b) of the definition of “public service” deleted by s. 53 of Act 11 of 2013)

(c) ……….

(Paragraph (c) of the definition of “public service” deleted by s. 53 of Act 11 of 2013)

(d) ……….

(Paragraph (d) of the definition of “public service” inserted by section 40(1), Schedule, of Act 65 of 2002)

(Paragraph (d) of the definition of “public service” deleted by s. 53 of Act 11 of 2013)

(e) ……….

(Paragraph (e), published as (d) in the Gazette, of the definition of “public service” inserted by section 26 (Schedule 1) of Act 68 of 2002) 

(Paragraph (e), inserted again by section 25(2) (Schedule 2) of Act 52 of 2003)

(Paragraph (e) of the definition of “public service” deleted by s. 53 of Act 11 of 2013)

"registered employers' organisation" means an employers' organisation registered under section 96 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;

"registered trade union" means a trade union registered under section 96 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;

"remuneration" means any payment in money or in kind, or both in money and in kind, made or owing to any person in return for that person working for any other person, including the State, and "remunerate" has a corresponding meaning;2

“sector” means an industry or a service or part of an industry or a service and, in respect of a sectoral determination made in terms of section 55(8), means the employers and employees covered by that 10 determination;

(Definition of “sector” substituted by section 1(a) of Act 20 of 2013)

"sectoral determination" means a sectoral determination made under Chapter Eight;

"senior managerial employee" means an employee who has the authority to hire, discipline and dismiss employees and to represent the employer internally and externally;

"serve" means to send by electronic mail, registered post, telegram, telefax or deliver by hand or any prescribed method of service;

(Definition of “serve” substituted by section 1(b) of Act 20 of 2013)

"statutory council" means a council established under Part E of Chapter III of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;

"temporary employment service" means any person who, for reward, procures for, or provides to, a client, other persons-

(a) who render services to, or perform work for, the client; and

(b) who are remunerated by the temporary employment service; 

"this Act" includes the Schedules and any regulation made under this Act, but does not include the headings or footnotes;

"trade union" means an association of employees whose principal purpose is to regulate relations between employees and employers, including any employers' organisations;

"trade union official" includes an official of a federation of trade unions;

"trade union representative" means a trade union representative who is entitled to exercise the rights contemplated in section 14 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;

"wage" means the amount of money paid or payable to an employee in respect of ordinary hours of work or, if they are shorter, the hours an employee ordinarily works in a day or week;

"week" in relation to an employee, means the period of seven days within which the working week of that employee ordinarily falls;

"workplace" means any place where employees work;

"workplace forum" means a workplace forum established under Chapter V of the Labour Relations Act, 1995.

 

2. Purpose of this Act

 

The purpose of this Act is to advance economic development and social justice by fulfilling the primary objects of this Act which are-

 

(a) to give effect to and regulate the right to fair labour practices conferred by section 23(1) of the Constitution-

(i) by establishing and enforcing basic conditions of employment; and

(ii) by regulating the variation of basic conditions of employment;

(b) to give effect to obligations incurred by the Republic as a member state of the International Labour Organisation.

 

3. Application of this Act

 

(1) This Act applies to all employees and employers except-

 

(a) members of the State Security Agency; 

(Section 3(1)(a) substituted by Section 40(1), Schedule, of Act 65 of 2002)

(Section 3(1)(a) substituted by Section 26 (Schedule 1) of Act 68 of 2002)

(Section 3(1)(a) substituted by Section 53 of Act 11 of 2013)

(b) unpaid volunteers working for an organisation serving a charitable purpose.

(c) ………..

(Section 3(1)(c) inserted by section 26 (Schedule 1) of Act 68 of 2002)

(Section 3(1)(c) inserted again by section 25(2) (Schedule 2) of Act 52 of 2003)

(Section 3(1)(c) deleted by Section 53 of Act 11 of 2013)

 

(2) This Act applies to persons undergoing vocational training except to the extent that any term or condition of their employment is regulated by the provisions of any other law.

 

(3) This Act, except section 41, does not apply to persons employed on vessels at sea in respect of which the Merchant Shipping Act, 1951 (Act No. 57 of 1951), applies except to the extent provided for in a sectoral determination.

 

4. Inclusion of provisions in contracts of employment

 

A basic condition of employment constitutes a term of any contract of employment except to the extent that-

 

(a) any other law provides a term that is more favourable to the employee;

(b) the basic condition of employment has been replaced, varied, or excluded in accordance with the provisions of this Act; or

(c) a term of the contract of employment is more favourable to the employee than the basic condition of employment.

 

5. This Act not affected by agreements

 

This Act or anything done under it takes precedence over any agreement, whether entered into before or after the commencement of this Act.

 

CHAPTER TWO

Regulation of working time

 

6. Application of this Chapter

 

(1) This Chapter, except section 7, does not apply to-

 

(a) senior managerial employees;

(b) employees engaged as sales staff who travel to the premises of customers and who regulate their own hours of work;

(c) employees who work less than 24 hours a month for an employer.

 

(2) Sections 9, 10(1), 14(1), 15(1), 17(2) and 18(1) do not apply to work which is required to be done without delay owing to circumstances for which the employer could not reasonably have been expected to make provision and which cannot be performed by employees during their ordinary hours of work.

 

(3) The Minister must, on the advice of the Commission, make a determination that excludes the application of this Chapter or any provision of it to any category of employees earning in excess of an amount stated in that determination.

(Commencement date of section 6(3): 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

(4) Before the Minister issues a notice in terms of subsection (3), the Minister must-

 

(a) publish in the Gazette a draft of the proposed notice; and

 

(b) invite interested persons to submit written representations on the proposed notice within a reasonable period.

(Commencement date of section 6(4): 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

7. Regulation of working time

 

Every employer must regulate the working time of each employee-

 

(a) in accordance with the provisions of any Act governing occupational health and safety;

 

(b) with due regard to the health and safety of employees;

 

(c) with due regard to the Code of Good Practice on the Regulation of Working Time3 issued under section 87(1)(a); and

 

(d) with due regard to the family responsibilities of employees.

 

8. Interpretation of day

 

For the purposes of sections 9 to 16, ‘day’ means a period of 24 hours measured from the time when the employee normally commences work, and ‘daily’ has a corresponding meaning”

 

(Section 8 substituted by section 2 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

9. Ordinary hours of work

 

(1) Subject to this Chapter, an employer may not require or permit an employee to work more than-

 

(a) 45 hours in any week; and

 

(b) nine hours in any day if the employee works for five days or fewer in a week; or

 

(c) eight hours in any day if the employee works on more than five days in a week.

 

(2) An employee's ordinary hours of work in terms of subsection (1) may by agreement be extended by up to 15 minutes in a day but not more than 60 minutes in a week to enable an employee whose duties include serving members of the public to continue performing those duties after the completion of ordinary hours of work.

 

(3) Schedule 1 establishes procedures for the progressive reduction of the maximum ordinary hours of work to a maximum of 40 ordinary hours of work per week and eight ordinary hours of work per day.

 

10. Overtime

 

(1) Subject to this Chapter, an employer may not require or permit an employee to work-

 

(a)   overtime except in accordance with an agreement;

 

(b) to work more than ten hours' overtime a week.

(Section 10(1) substituted by section 3(a) of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(1A) An agreement in terms of subsection (1) may not require or permit an employee to work more than 12 hours on any day;  and

(Section 10(1A) inserted by section 3(b) of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(2) An employer must pay an employee at least one and one-half times the employee's wage for overtime worked.

 

(3) Despite subsection (2), an agreement may provide for an employer to-

 

(a) pay an employee not less than the employee's ordinary wage for overtime worked and grant the employee at least 30 minutes' time off on full pay for every hour of overtime worked; or

 

(b) grant an employee at least 90 minutes' paid time off for each hour of overtime worked.

 

(4) (a) An employer must grant paid time off in terms of subsection (3) within one month of the employee becoming entitled to it.

 

(b) An agreement in writing may increase the period contemplated by paragraph (a) to 12 months.

 

(5) An agreement concluded in terms of subsection (1) with an employee when the employee commences employment, or during the first three months of employment, lapses after one year.

 

(6) (a) A collective agreement may increase the maximum permitted overtime to 15 hours a week.

 

(b) A collective agreement contemplated in paragraph (a) may not apply for more than two months in any period of 12 months.

(Section 10(6) inserted by section 3(c) of Act 11 of 2002)

 

11. Compressed working week

 

(1) An agreement in writing may require or permit an employee to work up to twelve hours in a day, inclusive of the meal intervals required in terms of section 14, without receiving overtime pay.

 

(2) An agreement in terms of subsection (1) may not require or permit an employee to work-

 

(a) more than 45 ordinary hours of work in any week;

 

(b) more than ten hours' overtime in any week; or

 

(c) on more than five days in any week.

 

12. Averaging of hours of work

 

(1) Despite sections 9(1) and (2) and 10(1)(b), the ordinary hours of work and overtime of an employee may be averaged over a period of up to four months in terms of a collective agreement.

 

(2) An employer may not require or permit an employee who is bound by a collective agreement in terms of subsection (1) to work more than-

 

(a) an average of 45 ordinary hours of work in a week over the agreed period;

 

(b) an average of five hours' overtime in a week over the agreed period.

 

(3) A collective agreement in terms of subsection (1) lapses after 12 months.

 

(4) Subsection (3) only applies to the first two collective agreements concluded in terms of subsection (1).

 

13. Determination of hours of work by Minister

 

(1) Despite this Chapter, the Minister, on grounds of health and safety, may prescribe by regulation the maximum permitted hours of work, including overtime, that any category of employee may work-

 

(a) daily, weekly or during any other period specified in the regulation; and

 

(b) during a continuous period without a break.

 

(2) A regulation in terms of subsection (1) may not prescribe maximum hours in excess of those permitted in sections 9 and 10.

 

(3) A regulation in terms of subsection (1) may be made only-

 

(a) on the advice of the chief inspector appointed in terms of section 27 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993), or the chief inspector appointed in terms of section 48 of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996); and

 

(b) after consulting the Commission.

 

14. Meal intervals

 

(1) An employer must give an employee who works continuously for more than five hours a meal interval of at least one continuous hour.

 

(2) During a meal interval the employee may be required or permitted to perform only duties that cannot be left unattended and cannot be performed by another employee.

 

(3) An employee must be remunerated-

 

(a) for a meal interval in which the employee is required to work or is required to be available for work; and

 

(b) for any portion of a meal interval that is in excess of 75 minutes, unless the employee lives on the premises at which the workplace is situated.

 

(4) For the purposes of subsection (1), work is continuous unless it is interrupted by an interval of at least 60 minutes.

 

(5) An agreement in writing may-

 

(a) reduce the meal interval to not less than 30 minutes;

 

(b) dispense with a meal interval for an employee who works fewer than six hours on a day.

 

15. Daily and weekly rest period

 

(1) An employer must allow an employee-

 

(a) a daily rest period of at least twelve consecutive hours between ending and recommencing work; and

 

(b) a weekly rest period of at least 36 consecutive hours which, unless otherwise agreed, must include Sunday.

 

(2) A daily rest period in terms of subsection (1)(a) may, by written agreement, be reduced to 10 hours for an employee-

 

(a) who lives on the premises at which the workplace is situated; and

 

(b) whose meal interval lasts for at least three hours.

 

(3) Despite subsection (1)(b), an agreement in writing may provide for-

 

(a) a rest period of at least 60 consecutive hours every two weeks; or

 

(b) an employee's weekly rest period to be reduced by up to eight hours in any week if the rest period in the following week is extended equivalently.

 

16. Pay for work on Sundays

 

(1) An employer must pay an employee who works on a Sunday at double the employee's wage for each hour worked, unless the employee ordinarily works on a Sunday, in which case the employer must pay the employee at one and one-half times the employee's wage for each hour worked.

 

(2) If an employee works less than the employee's ordinary shift on a Sunday and the payment that the employee is entitled to in terms of subsection (1) is less than the employee's ordinary daily wage, the employer must pay the employee the employee's ordinary daily wage.

 

(3) Despite subsections (1) and (2), an agreement may permit an employer to grant an employee who works on a Sunday paid time off equivalent to the difference in value between the pay received by the employee for working on the Sunday and the pay that the employee is entitled to in terms of subsections (1) and (2).

 

(4) Any time worked on a Sunday by an employee who does not ordinarily work on a Sunday is not taken into account in calculating an employee's ordinary hours of work in terms of section 9(1) and (2), but is taken into account in calculating the overtime worked by the employee in terms of section 10(1)(b).

 

(5) If a shift worked by an employee falls on a Sunday and another day, the whole shift is deemed to have been worked on the Sunday, unless the greater portion of the shift was worked on the other day, in which case the whole shift is deemed to have been worked on the other day.

 

(6) (a) An employer must grant paid time off in terms of subsection (3) within one month of the employee becoming entitled to it.

 

(b) An agreement in writing may increase the period contemplated by paragraph (a) to 12 months.

 

17. Night work

 

(1) In this section, "night work" means work performed after 18:00 and before 06:00 the next day.

 

(2) An employer may only require or permit an employee to perform night work, if so agreed, and if-

 

(a) the employee is compensated by the payment of an allowance, which may be a shift allowance, or by a reduction of working hours; and

 

(b) transportation is available between the employee's place of residence and the workplace at the commencement and conclusion of the employee's shift.

 

(3) An employer who requires an employee to perform work on a regular basis after 23:00 and before 06:00 the next day must-

 

(a) inform the employee in writing, or orally if the employee is not able to understand a written communication, in a language that the employee understands-

 

(i) of any health and safety hazards associated with the work that the employee is required to perform; and

 

(ii) the employee's right to undergo a medical examination in terms of paragraph (b);

 

(b) at the request of the employee, enable the employee to undergo a medical examination, for the account of the employer, concerning those hazards-

 

(i) before the employee starts, or within a reasonable period of the employee starting, such work; and

 

(ii) appropriate intervals while the employee continues to perform such work; and

 

(c) transfer the employee to suitable day work within a reasonable time if-

 

(i) the employee suffers from a health condition associated with the performance of night work; and

 

(ii) it is practicable for the employer to do so.

 

(4) For the purposes of subsection (3), an employee works on a regular basis if the employee works for a period of longer than one hour after 23:00 and before 06:00 at least five times per month or 50 times per year.

 

(5) The Minister may, after consulting the Commission, make regulations relating to the conduct of medical examinations for employees who perform night work.4

 

18. Public holidays5

 

(1) An employer may not require an employee to work on a public holiday except in accordance with an agreement.

 

(2) If a public holiday falls on a day on which an employee would ordinarily work, an employer must pay-

 

(a) an employee who does not work on the public holiday, at least the wage that the employee would ordinarily have received for work on that day;

 

(b) an employee who does work on the public holiday-

 

(i) at least double the amount referred to in paragraph (a); or

 

(ii) if it is greater, the amount referred to in paragraph (a) plus the amount earned by the employee for the time worked on that day.

 

(3) If an employee works on a public holiday on which the employee would not ordinarily work, the employer must pay that employee an amount equal to-

 

(a) the employee's ordinary daily wage; plus

 

(b) the amount earned by the employee for the work performed that day, whether calculated by reference to time worked or any other method.

 

(4) An employer must pay an employee for a public holiday on the employee's usual pay day.

 

(5) If a shift worked by an employee falls on a public holiday and another day, the whole shift is deemed to have been worked on the public holiday, but if the greater portion of the shift was worked on the other day, the whole shift is deemed to have been worked on the other day.

 

CHAPTER THREE

Leave

 

19. Application of this Chapter

 

(1) This Chapter does not apply to an employee who works less than 24 hours a month for an employer.

 

(2) Unless an agreement provides otherwise, this Chapter does not apply to leave granted to an employee in excess of the employee's entitlement under this Chapter.

 

20. Annual leave

 

(1) In this Chapter, "annual leave cycle" means the period of 12 months' employment with the same employer immediately following-

 

(a) an employee's commencement of employment; or

 

(b) the completion of that employee's prior leave cycle.

 

(2) An employer must grant an employee at least-

 

(a) 21 consecutive days' annual leave on full remuneration in respect of each annual leave cycle; or

 

(b) by agreement, one day of annual leave on full remuneration for every 17 days on which the employee worked or was entitled to be paid;

 

(c) by agreement, one hour of annual leave on full remuneration for every 17 hours on which the employee worked or was entitled to be paid.

 

(3) An employee is entitled to take leave accumulated in an annual leave cycle in terms of subsection (2) on consecutive days.

 

(4) An employer must grant annual leave not later than six months after the end of the annual leave cycle.

 

(5) An employer may not require or permit an employee to take annual leave during-

 

(a) any other period of leave to which the employee is entitled in terms of this Chapter; or

 

(b) any period of notice of termination of employment.

 

(6) Despite subsection (5), an employer must permit an employee, at the employee's written request, to take leave during a period of unpaid leave.

 

(7) An employer may reduce an employee's entitlement to annual leave by the number of days of occasional leave on full remuneration granted to the employee at the employee's request in that leave cycle.

 

(8) An employer must grant an employee an additional day of paid leave if a public holiday falls on a day during an employee's annual leave on which the employee would ordinarily have worked.

 

(9) An employer may not require or permit an employee to work for the employer during any period of annual leave.

 

(10) Annual leave must be taken-

 

(a) in accordance with an agreement between the employer and employee; or

 

(b) if there is no agreement in terms of paragraph (a), at a time determined by the employer in accordance with this section.

 

(11) An employer may not pay an employee instead of granting paid leave in terms of this section except-

 

(a) on termination of employment; and

 

(b) in accordance with section 40(b) and (c).

 

21. Pay for annual leave

 

(1) An employer must pay an employee leave pay at least equivalent to the remuneration that the employee would have received for working for a period equal to the period of annual leave, calculated-

 

(a) at the employee's rate of remuneration immediately before the beginning of the period of annual leave; and

 

(b) in accordance with section 35.

 

(2) An employer must pay an employee leave pay-

 

(a) before the beginning of the period of leave; or

 

(b) by agreement, on the employee's usual pay day.

 

22. Sick leave

 

(1) In this Chapter, "sick leave cycle" means the period of 36 months' employment with the same employer immediately following-

 

(a) an employee's commencement of employment; or

 

(b) the completion of that employee's prior sick leave cycle.

 

(2) During every sick leave cycle, an employee is entitled to an amount of paid sick leave equal to the number of days the employee would normally work during a period of six weeks.

 

(3) Despite subsection (2), during the first six months of employment, an employee is entitled to one day's paid sick leave for every 26 days worked.

 

(4) During an employee's first sick leave cycle, an employer may reduce the employee's entitlement to sick leave in terms of subsection (2) by the number of days' sick leave taken in terms of subsection (3).

 

(5) Subject to section 23, an employer must pay an employee for a day's sick leave-

 

(a) the wage the employee would ordinarily have received for work on that day; and

 

(b) on the employee's usual pay day.

 

(6) An agreement may reduce the pay to which an employee is entitled in respect of any day's absence in terms of this section if-

 

(a) the number of days of paid sick leave is increased at least commensurately with any reduction in the daily amount of sick pay; and

 

(b) the employee's entitlement to pay-

 

(i) for any day's sick leave is at least 75 per cent of the wage payable to the employee for the ordinary hours the employee would have worked on that day; and

 

(ii) for sick leave over the sick leave cycle is at least equivalent to the employee's entitlement in terms of subsection (2).

 

23. Proof of incapacity

 

(1) An employer is not required to pay an employee in terms of section 22 if the employee has been absent from work for more than two consecutive days or on more than two occasions during an eight-week period and, on request by the employer, does not produce a medical certificate stating that the employee was unable to work for the duration of the employee's absence on account of sickness or injury.

 

(2) The medical certificate must be issued and signed by a medical practitioner or any other person who is certified to diagnose and treat patients and who is registered with a professional council established by an Act of Parliament.

 

(3) If it is not reasonably practicable for an employee who lives on the employer's premises to obtain a medical certificate, the employer may not withhold payment in terms of subsection (1) unless the employer provides reasonable assistance to the employee to obtain the certificate.

 

24. Application to occupational accidents or diseases

 

Sections 22 and 23 do not apply to an inability to work caused by an accident or occupational disease as defined in the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993 (Act No. 130 of 1993), or the Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Act, 1973 (Act No. 78 of 1973), except in respect of any period during which no compensation is payable in terms of those Acts.

 

25. Maternity leave6

 

(1) An employee is entitled to at least four consecutive months' maternity leave.

 

(2) An employee may commence maternity leave-

 

(a) at any time from four weeks before the expected date of birth, unless otherwise agreed; or

 

(b) on a date from which a medical practitioner or a midwife certifies that it is necessary for the employee's health or that of her unborn child.

 

(3) No employee may work for six weeks after the birth of her child, unless a medical practitioner or midwife certifies that she is fit to do so.

 

(4) An employee who has a miscarriage during the third trimester of pregnancy or bears a stillborn child is entitled to maternity leave for six weeks after the miscarriage or stillbirth, whether or not the employee had commenced maternity leave at the time of the miscarriage or stillbirth.

 

(5) An employee must notify an employer in writing, unless the employee is unable to do so, of the date on which the employee intends to-

 

(a) commence maternity leave; and

 

(b) return to work after maternity leave.

 

(6) Notification in terms of subsection (5) must be given-

 

(a) at least four weeks before the employee intends to commence maternity leave; or

 

(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to do so, as soon as is reasonably practicable.

 

(7) The payment of maternity benefits will be determined by the Minister subject to the provisions of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1966 (Act No. 30 of 1966).7

 

26. Protection of employees before and after birth of a child

 

(1) No employer may require or permit a pregnant employee or an employee who is nursing her child to perform work that is hazardous to her health or the health of her child.8

 

(2) During an employee's pregnancy, and for a period of six months after the birth of her child, her employer must offer her suitable, alternative employment on terms and conditions that are no less favourable than her ordinary terms and conditions of employment, if-

 

(a) the employee is required to perform night work, as defined in section 17(1) or her work poses a danger to her health or safety or that of her child; and

 

(b) it is practicable for the employer to do so.

 

27. Family responsibility leave

 

(1) This section applies to an employee-

 

(a) who has been in employment with an employer for longer than four months; and

 

(b) who works for at least four days a week for that employer.

 

(2) An employer must grant an employee, during each annual leave cycle, at the request of the employee, three days' paid leave, which the employee is entitled to take-

 

(a) when the employee's child is born;

 

(b) when the employee's child is sick; or

 

(c) in the event of the death of-

 

(i) the employee's spouse or life partner; or

 

(ii) the employee's parent, adoptive parent, grandparent, child, adopted child, grandchild or sibling.

 

(3) Subject to subsection (5), an employer must pay an employee for a day's family responsibility leave-

 

(a) the wage the employee would ordinarily have received for work on that day; and

 

(b) on the employee's usual pay day.

 

(4) An employee may take family responsibility leave in respect of the whole or a part of a day.

 

(5) Before paying an employee for leave in terms of this section, an employer may require reasonable proof of an event contemplated in subsection (2) for which the leave was required.

(Section 27(5) substituted by section 4 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(6) An employee's unused entitlement to leave in terms of this section lapses at the end of the annual leave cycle in which it accrues.

 

(7) A collective agreement may vary the number of days and the circumstances under which leave is to be granted in terms of this section.

 

CHAPTER FOUR

Particulars of employment and remuneration

 

28. Application of this Chapter

 

(1) This Chapter does not apply to an employee who works less than 24 hours a month for an employer.

 

(2) Sections 29(1)(n), (o) and (p), 30, 31 and 33 do not apply to-

 

(a) an employer who employs fewer than five employees; and

 

(b) ….(Section 28(2)(b) deleted by section 5 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

29. Written particulars of employment

 

(1) An employer must supply an employee, when the employee commences employment, with the following particulars in writing-

 

(a) the full name and address of the employer;

 

(b) the name and occupation of the employee, or a brief description of the work for which the employee is employed;

 

(c) the place of work, and, where the employee is required or permitted to work at various places, an indication of this;

 

(d) the date on which the employment began;

 

(e) the employee's ordinary hours of work and days of work;

 

(f) the employee's wage or the rate and method of calculating wages;

 

(g) the rate of pay for overtime work;

 

(h) any other cash payments that the employee is entitled to;

 

(i) any payment in kind that the employee is entitled to and the value of the payment in kind;

 

(j) how frequently remuneration will be paid;

 

(k) any deductions to be made from the employee's remuneration;

 

(l) the leave to which the employee is entitled;

 

(m) the period of notice required to terminate employment, or if employment is for a specified period, the date when employment is to terminate;

 

(n) a description of any council or sectoral determination which covers the employer's business;

 

(o) any period of employment with a previous employer that counts towards the employee's period of employment;

 

(p) a list of any other documents that form part of the contract of employment indicating a place that is reasonably accessible to the employee where a copy of each may be obtained.

 

(2) When any matter listed in subsection (1) changes-

 

(a) the written particulars must be revised to reflect the change; and

 

(b) the employee must be supplied with a copy of the document reflecting the change.

 

(3) If an employee is not able to understand the written particulars, the employer must ensure that they are explained to the employee in a language and in a manner that the employee understands.

 

(4) Written particulars in terms of this section must be kept by the employer for a period of three years after the termination of employment.

 

30. Informing employees of their rights

 

An employer must display at the workplace where it can be read by employees a statement in the prescribed form of the employee's rights under this Act in the official languages which are spoken in the workplace.

 

31. Keeping of records

 

(1) Every employer must keep a record containing at least the following information:

 

(a) The employee's name and occupation;

 

(b) the time worked by each employee;

 

(c) the remuneration paid to each employee;

 

(d) the date of birth of any employee under 18 years of age; and

 

(e) any other prescribed information.

 

(2) A record in terms of subsection (1) must be kept by the employer for a period of three years from the date of the last entry in the record.

 

(3) No person may make a false entry in a record maintained in terms of subsection (1)

 

(4) An employer who keeps a record in terms of this section is not required to keep any other record of time worked and remuneration paid as required by any other employment law.

 

32. Payment of remuneration

 

(1) An employer must pay to an employee any remuneration that is paid in money-

 

(a) in South African currency;

 

(b) daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly; and

 

(c) in cash, by cheque or by direct deposit into an account designated by the employee.

 

(2) Any remuneration paid in cash or by cheque must be given to each employee-

 

(a) at the workplace or at a place agreed to by the employee;

 

(b) during the employee's working hours or within 15 minutes of the commencement or conclusion of those hours; and

 

(c) in a sealed envelope which becomes the property of the employee.

 

(3) An employer must pay remuneration not later than seven days after-

 

(a) the completion of the period for which the remuneration is payable; or

 

(b) the termination of the contract of employment.

 

(4) Subsection (3)(b) does not apply to any pension or provident fund payment to an employee that is made in terms of the rules of the fund.

 

33. Information about remuneration

 

(1) An employer must give an employee the following information in writing on each day the employee is paid:

 

(a) The employer's name and address

 

(b) the employee's name and occupation;

 

(c) the period for which the payment is made;

 

(d) the employee's remuneration in money;

 

(e) the amount and purpose of any deduction made from the remuneration;

 

(f) the actual amount paid to the employee; and

 

(g) if relevant to the calculation of that employee's remuneration-

 

(i) the employee's rate of remuneration and overtime rate;

 

(ii) number of ordinary and overtime hours worked by the employee during the period for which the payment is made;

 

(iii) the number of hours worked by the employee on a Sunday or public holiday during that period; and

 

(iv) if an agreement to average working time has been concluded in terms of section 12, the total number of ordinary and overtime hours worked by the employee in the period of averaging.

 

(2) The written information required in terms of subsection (1) must be given to each employee-

 

(a) at the workplace or at a place agreed to by the employee; and

 

(b) during the employee's ordinary working hours or within 15 minutes of the commencement or conclusion of those hours.

 

33A. Prohibited conduct by employer

 

(1) An employer must not-

 

(a)   require or accept any payment by or on behalf of an employee or potential employee in respect of the employment of, or the allocation of work to, any employee; or

 

(b)   require an employee or potential employee to purchase any goods, products or services from the employer or from any business or person nominated by the employer.

 

(2) Subsection (1)(b) does not preclude a provision in a contract of employment or collective agreement in terms of which an employee is required to participate in a scheme involving the purchase of specific goods, products or services, if the purchase is not prohibited by any other statute and-

 

(a)   the employee receives a financial benefit from participating in the scheme; or

 

(b)   the price of any goods, products or services provided through the scheme is fair and reasonable.

 

(Section 33A inserted by section 2 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

34. Deductions and other acts concerning remuneration

 

(1) An employer may not make any deduction from an employee's remuneration unless-

 

(a) subject to subsection (2), the employee in writing agrees to the deduction in respect of a debt specified in the agreement; or

 

(b) the deduction is required or permitted in terms of a law, collective agreement, court order or arbitration award.

 

(2) A deduction in terms of subsection (1)(a) may be made to reimburse an employer for loss or damage only if-

 

(a) the loss or damage occurred in the course of employment and was due to the fault of the employee;

 

(b) the employer has followed a fair procedure and has given the employee a reasonable opportunity to show why the deductions should not be made;

 

(c) the total amount of the debt does not exceed the actual amount of the loss or damage; and

 

(d) the total deductions from the employee's remuneration in terms of this subsection do not exceed one-quarter of the employee's remuneration in money.

 

(3) A deduction in terms of subsection (1)(a) in respect of any goods purchased by the employee must specify the nature and quantity of the goods.

 

(4) An employer who deducts an amount from an employee's remuneration in terms of subsection (1) for payment to another person must pay the amount to the person in accordance with the time period and other requirements specified in the agreement, law, court order or arbitration award.

 

(5) An employer may not require or permit an employee to-

 

(a) repay any remuneration except for overpayments previously made by the employer resulting from an error in calculating the employee's remuneration; or

 

(b) acknowledge receipt of an amount greater than the remuneration actually received.

 

34A. Payment of contributions to benefit funds

 

(1) For the purposes of this section, a benefit fund is a pension, provident, retirement, medical aid or similar fund.

 

(2) An employer that deducts from an employee’s remuneration any amount for payment to a benefit fund must pay the amount to the fund within seven days of the deduction being made.

 

(3) Any contribution that an employer is required to make to a benefit fund on behalf of an employee, that is not deducted from the employee’s remuneration, must be paid to the fund within seven days of the end of the period in respect of which the payment is made.

 

(4) This section does not affect any obligation on an employer in terms of the rules of a benefit fund to make any payment within a shorter period than that required by subsections (2) or (3).

 

(Section 34A inserted by section 6 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

35. Calculation of remuneration and wages

 

(1) An employee's wage is calculated by reference to the number of hours the employee ordinarily works.

 

(2) For the purposes of calculating the wage of an employee by time, an employee is deemed ordinarily to work-

 

(a) 45 hours in a week, unless the employee ordinarily works a lesser number of hours in a week;

 

(b) nine hours in a day, or seven and a half hours in the case of an employee who works for more than five days a week, or the number of hours that an employee works in a day in terms of an agreement concluded in accordance with section 11, unless the employee ordinarily works a lesser number of hours in a day.

 

(3) An employee's monthly remuneration or wage is four and one-third times the employee's weekly remuneration or wage, respectively.

 

(4) If an employee's remuneration or wage is calculated, either wholly or in part, on a basis other than time or if an employee's remuneration or wage fluctuates significantly from period to period, any payment to that employee in terms of this Act must be calculated by reference to the employee's remuneration or wage during-

 

(a) the preceding 13 weeks; or

 

(b) if the employee has been in employment for a shorter period, that period.

 

(5) (a) The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, after consultation with the Commission and NEDLAC, determine whether a particular category of payment, whether in money or in kind, forms part of an employee’s remuneration for the purpose of any calculation made in terms of this Act.

 

(b) Without limiting the Minister’s powers in terms of paragraph (a), the Minister may-

 

(i) determine the value, or a formula for determining the value, of any payment that forms part of remuneration;

 

(ii) place a maximum or minimum value on any payment that forms part of remuneration; and

 

(iii) for the purposes of any calculation, differentiate between different categories of payment and different sectors.

 

(c) Before the Minister issues a notice in terms of paragraph (a), the Minister must-

 

(i) publish a draft of the proposed notice in the Gazette; and

 

(ii) invite interested parties to submit written representations on the draft notice within a reasonable period.

(Section 35(5) substituted by section 7 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

CHAPTER FIVE

Termination of employment

 

36. Application of this Chapter

 

This Chapter does not apply to an employee who works less than 24 hours in a month for an employer.

 

37. Notice of termination of employment

 

(1) Subject to section 38, a contract of employment terminable at the instance of a party to the contract may be terminated only on notice of not less than-

 

(a) one week, if the employee has been employed for six months or less;

 

(b) two weeks, if the employee has been employed for more than six months but not more than one year;

 

(c) four weeks, if the employee-

 

(i) has been employed for one year or more; or

 

(ii) is a farm worker or domestic worker who has been employed for more than six months.

(Section 37(1) substituted by section 8 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(2) (a) A collective agreement may not permit a notice period shorter than that required by subsection (1).

 

(b) Despite paragraph (a), a collective agreement may permit the notice period of four weeks required by subsection (1)(c)(i) to be reduced to not less than two weeks.

(Section 37(2) substituted by section 8 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(3) No agreement may require or permit an employee to give a period of notice longer than that required of the employer.

 

(4) (a) Notice of termination of a contract of employment must be given in writing, except when it is given by an illiterate employee.

 

(b) If an employee who receives notice of termination is not able to understand it, the notice must be explained orally by, or on behalf of, the employer to the employee in an official language the employee reasonably understands.

 

(5) Notice of termination of a contract of employment given by an employer must-

 

(a) not be given during any period of leave to which the employee is entitled in terms of Chapter Three; and

 

(b) not run concurrently with any period of leave to which the employee is entitled in terms of Chapter Three, except sick leave.

 

(6) Nothing in this section affects the right-

 

(a) of a dismissed employee to dispute the lawfulness or fairness of the dismissal in terms of Chapter VIII of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, or any other law; and

 

(b) of an employer or an employee to terminate a contract of employment without notice for any cause recognised by law.

 

38. Payment instead of notice

 

(1) Instead of giving an employee notice in terms of section 37, an employer may pay the employee the remuneration the employee would have received, calculated in accordance with section 35, if the employee had worked during the notice period.

 

(2) If an employee gives notice of termination of employment, and the employer waives any part of the notice, the employer must pay the remuneration referred to in subsection (1), unless the employer and employee agree otherwise.

 

39. Employees in accommodation provided by employers

 

(1) If the employer of an employee who resides in accommodation that is situated on the premises of the employer or that is supplied by the employer terminates the contract of employment of that employee-

 

(a) before the date on which the employer was entitled to do so in terms of section 37; or

 

(b) in terms of section 38, the employer is required to provide the employee with accommodation for a period of one month, or if it is a longer period, until the contract of employment could lawfully have been terminated.

 

(2) If an employee elects to remain in accommodation in terms of subsection (1) after the employer has terminated the employee's contract of employment in terms of section 38, the remuneration that the employer is required to pay in terms of section 38 is reduced by that portion of the remuneration that represents the agreed value of the accommodation for the period that the employee remains in the accommodation.

 

40. Payments on termination

 

On termination of employment, an employer must pay an employee-

 

(a) for any paid time off that the employee is entitled to in terms of section 10(3) or 16(3) that the employee has not taken;

 

(b) remuneration calculated in accordance with section 21(1) for any period of annual leave due in terms of section 20(2) that the employee has not taken; and

 

(c) if the employee has been in employment longer than four months, in respect of the employee's annual leave entitlement during an incomplete annual leave cycle as defined in section 20(1)-

 

(i) one day's remuneration in respect of every 17 days on which the employee worked or was entitled to be paid; or 

 

(ii) remuneration calculated on any basis that is at least as favourable to the employee as that calculated in terms of subparagraph (i).

 

41. Severance pay

 

(1) For the purposes of this section, "operational requirements" means requirements based on the economic, technological, structural or similar needs of an employer.

 

(2) An employer must pay an employee who is dismissed for reasons based on the employer's operational requirements or whose contract of employment terminates or is terminated in terms of section 38 of the Insolvency Act, 1936 (Act No. 24 of 1936), severance pay equal to at least one week's remuneration for each completed year of continuous service with that employer, calculated in accordance with section 35.

(Section 41(2) substituted by section 9 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(3) The Minister may vary the amount of severance pay in terms of subsection (2) by notice in the Gazette. This variation may only be done after consulting NEDLAC and the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council established under Schedule l of the Labour Relations Act, 1995.

 

(4) An employee who unreasonably refuses to accept the employer's offer of alternative employment with that employer or any other employer, is not entitled to severance pay in terms of subsection (2).

 

(5) The payment of severance pay in compliance with this section does not affect an employee's right to any other amount payable according to law.

 

(6) If there is a dispute only about the entitlement to severance pay in terms of this section, the employee may refer the dispute in writing to-

 

(a) a council, if the parties to the dispute fall within the registered scope of that council; or

 

(b) the CCMA, if no council has jurisdiction.

 

(7) The employee who refers the dispute to the council or the CCMA must satisfy it that a copy of the referral has been served on all the other parties to the dispute.

 

(8) The council or the CCMA must attempt to resolve the dispute through conciliation.

 

(9) If the dispute remains unresolved, the employee may refer it to arbitration.

 

(10) If the Labour Court is adjudicating a dispute about a dismissal based on the employer's operational requirements, the Court may inquire into and determine the amount of any severance pay to which the dismissed employee may be entitled and the Court may make an order directing the employer to pay that amount.

 

42. Certificate of service

 

On termination of employment an employee is entitled to a certificate of service stating-

 

(a) the employee's full name;

 

(b) the name and address of the employer;

 

(c) a description of any council or sectoral employment standard by which the employer's business is covered;

 

(d) the date of commencement and date of termination of employment;

 

(e) the title of the job or a brief description of the work for which the employee was employed at date of termination;

 

(f) the remuneration at date of termination; and

 

(g) if the employee so requests, the reason for termination of employment.

 

CHAPTER SIX

Prohibition of employment of children and forced labour

 

43. Prohibition of work by children

 

(1) Subject to section 50(2)(b), a person must not require or permit a child to work, if the child-

 

(a)   is under 15 years of age; or

 

(b)   is under the minimum school-leaving age in terms of any law.

 

(2) A person must not require or permit a child to perform any work or provide any services-

 

(a)   that are inappropriate for a person of that age;

 

(b)   that place at risk the child's well-being, education, physical or mental health, or spiritual, moral or social development.

 

(3) A person who requires or permits a child to work in contravention of subsection (1) or (2) commits an offence.

 

(Section 43 substituted by section 3 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

44. Regulations on work by children

 

(1) Subject to section 43(2), the Minister may, on the advice of the Commission, make regulations to prohibit or place conditions on work by children who are at least 15 years of age and are no longer subject to compulsory schooling in terms of any law.

 

(1A) The Minister may, on the advice of the Commission, make regulations to give effect to South Africa's international law obligations dealing with work by children.

 

(2) A person who requires or permits a child to work in contravention of any regulation made in terms of this section commits an offence.

 

(Section 44 substituted by section 4 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

45. Medical examinations

 

The Minister may, after consulting the Commission, make regulations relating to the conduct of medical examinations of children who perform work.9

 

(Section 45 substituted by section 5 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

46. Prohibitions

 

It is an offence to-

 

(a) assist any person to require or permit a child to work in contravention of this Act; or

 

(b)   discriminate against a person who refuses to permit a child to work in contravention of this Act.

 

(Section 46(a) and (b) substituted by section 6 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

47. Evidence of age

 

In any proceedings in terms of this Act, if the age of any person is a relevant factor for which insufficient evidence is available, it is for the party who alleges that the work by that person complied with the provisions of this Chapter to prove that it was reasonable for that party to believe, after investigation, that the person was not below the permitted age in terms of section 43 or 44.

 

(Section 47 substituted by section 7 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

48. Prohibition of forced labour

 

(1) Subject to the Constitution, all forced labour is prohibited.

 

(2) No person may for his or her own benefit or for the benefit of someone else, cause, demand or impose forced labour in contravention of subsection (1).

 

(3) A person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) commits an offence.

 

(Commencement date of section 48: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

CHAPTER SEVEN

Variation of basic conditions of employment

 

49. Variation by agreement

 

(1) A collective agreement concluded in a bargaining council may alter, replace or exclude any basic condition of employment if the collective agreement is consistent with the purpose of this Act and the collective agreement does not-

 

(a) reduce the protection afforded to employees by sections 7, 9 and any regulation made in terms of section 13;

 

(b) reduce the protection afforded to employees who perform night work in terms of section 17(3) and (4);

 

(c) reduce an employee's annual leave in terms of section 20 to less than two weeks;

 

(d) reduce an employee's entitlement to maternity leave in terms of section 25;

 

(e) reduce an employee's entitlement to sick leave in terms of sections 22 to 24;

 

(f) conflict with the provisions of Chapter Six.

 

(2) A collective agreement, other than an agreement contemplated in subsection (1), may replace or exclude a basic condition of employment, to the extent permitted by this Act or a sectoral determination.

 

(3) An employer and an employee may agree to replace or exclude a basic condition of employment to the extent permitted by this Act or a sectoral determination.

 

(4) No provision in this Act or a sectoral determination may be interpreted as permitting-

 

(a) a contract of employment or agreement between an employer and an employee contrary to the provisions of a collective agreement

 

(b) a collective agreement contrary to the provisions of a collective agreement concluded in a bargaining council.

 

50. Variation by Minister

 

(1) The Minister may, if it is consistent with the purpose of this Act, make a determination to replace or exclude any basic condition of employment provided for in this Act in respect of-

 

(a) any category of employees or category of employers; or

 

(b) any employer or employee in respect of whom an application is made by-

 

(i) the employer;

 

(ii) registered employers' organisation;

 

(iii) employer and the registered employers' organisation.

 

(2) A determination in terms of subsection (1)-

 

(a) may not be made in respect of sections 7, 17(3) and (4), 25, 43(2), 44 or 48 or a regulation made in terms of section 13; and

 

(b) may only be made in respect of section 43(1) to allow the employment of children in the performance of advertising, sports, artistic or cultural activities.

(Section 50(2) substituted by section 10(a) of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(2A) A determination in terms of subsection (1) may only be made in respect of section 9 if-

 

(a) the employee’s ordinary hours of work, rest periods and annual leave are on the whole more favourable to the employees than the basic conditions of employment in terms of sections 9, 10, 14, 15 and 20; and

 

(b) the determination-

 

(i) has been agreed to in a collective agreement;

 

(ii) is necessitated by the operational circumstances of the sector in respect of which the variation is sought and the majority of employees in the sector are not members of  a registered trade union; or

 

(iii) applies to the agricultural sector or the private security sector.

(Section 50(2A) inserted by section 10(b) of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(3) A determination in terms of subsection 1(a) must-

 

(a) be made on the advice of the Commission; and

 

(b) be issued by a notice in the Gazette.

 

(4) The Minister may request the Commission-

 

(a) to advise on any application made in terms of subsection (1)(b);

 

(b) to prepare guidelines for the consideration of applications made in terms of subsection (1)(b).

 

(5) A determination in terms of subsection (1) that applies to the public service must be made by the Minister with the concurrence of the Minister for the Public Service and Administration.

 

(6) If a determination in terms of subsection (1) concerns the employment of children, the Minister must consult with the Minister for Welfare and Population Development before making the determination.

 

(7) (a) A determination in terms of subsection (1)(b) may be issued if the application has the consent of every registered trade union that represents the employees in respect of whom the determination is to apply.

 

(b) If no consent contemplated in paragraph (a) is obtained, a determination in terms of subsection (1)(b) may be issued if-

 

(i) the employer or employers' organisation has served a copy of the application, together with a notice stating that representations may be made to the Minister, on any registered trade union that represents employees affected by the application; and

 

(ii) the case where the majority of employees are not represented by a registered trade union, the employer or employer's organisation has taken reasonable steps to bring the application and the fact that representations may be made to the Minister, to the attention of those employees.

 

(8) A determination made in terms of subsection (1)(b)-

 

(a) may be issued on any conditions and for a period determined by the Minister;

 

(b) may take effect on a date earlier than the date on which the determination is given, but not earlier than the date on which application was made;

 

(c) must be issued in a notice in the prescribed form if the determination is made in respect of an application made by an employer;

 

(d) must be published in a notice in the Gazette if the determination is made in respect of an application made by an employers' organisation.

 

(9) (a) The Minister may on application by any affected party and after allowing other affected parties a reasonable opportunity to make representations, amend or withdraw a determination issued in terms of subsection (1).

 

(b) For the purposes of paragraph (a), an affected party is-

 

(i) an employer or employer's organisation that is covered by the determination;

 

(ii) a registered trade union representing employees covered by the determination, or an employee covered by the determination who is not a member of a registered trade union.

 

(10) An employer in respect of whom a determination has been made, or whose employees are covered by a determination in terms of subsection (1), must-

 

(a) display a copy of the notice conspicuously at the workplace where it can be read by the employees to whom the determination applies;

 

(b) notify each employee in writing of the fact of the determination and of where a copy of the notice has been displayed; and

 

(c) give a copy of the notice to every- 

 

(i) registered trade union representing those employees; 

 

(ii) trade union representative representing those employees; and 

 

(iii) employee who requests a copy.

 

CHAPTER EIGHT

Sectoral determinations

 

51. Sectoral determination

 

(1) The Minister may make a sectoral determination establishing basic conditions of employment for employees in a sector and area.

 

(2) A sectoral determination must be made in accordance with this Chapter and by notice in the Gazette.

 

(Commencement date of section 51: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

52. Investigation

 

(1) Before making a sectoral determination, the Minister must direct the Director-General to investigate conditions of employment in the sector and area concerned.

 

(2) The Minister must determine terms of reference for the investigation, which must include-

 

(a) the sector and area to be investigated;

 

(b) the categories or classes of employees to be included in the investigation; and

 

(c) the matters to be investigated, which may include any matter listed in section 55(4)

 

(3) The Minister must publish a notice in the Gazette setting out the terms of reference of the investigation and inviting written representations by members of the public.

 

(4) If an organisation representing employers or employees in a sector and area makes a written request to the Minister to investigate conditions of employment in that sector and area, the Minister must either-

 

(a) direct the Director-General to conduct an investigation; or

 

(b) request the Commission to advise the Minister on whether the requested investigation ought to be conducted.

 

(Commencement date of section 52: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

53. Conduct of investigation

 

(1) For the purposes of conducting an investigation in terms of section 52(1), the Director-General may-

 

(a) question any person who may be able to provide information relevant to any investigation; or

 

(b) require, in writing, any employer or employee in a sector and area that is being investigated or any other person to furnish any information, book, document or object that is material to the investigation within a specified period, which must be reasonable.

 

(2) A person may not refuse to answer any relevant question by the Director-General that he or she is legally obliged to answer.10

 

(Commencement date of section 53: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

54. Preparation of report

 

(1) On completion of an investigation, and after considering any representations made by members of the public, the Director-General must prepare a report.

 

(2) A copy of the report must be submitted to the Commission for its consideration.

 

(3) When advising the Minister on the publication of a sectoral determination, the Commission must consider in respect of the sector and area concerned-

 

(a) the report prepared in terms of subsection (1);

 

(b) the ability of employers to carry on their business successfully;

 

(c) the operation of small, medium or micro-enterprises, and new enterprises;

 

(d) the cost of living;

 

(e) the alleviation of poverty;

 

(f) conditions of employment;

 

(g) wage differentials and inequality;

 

(h) the likely impact of any proposed condition of employment on current employment or the creation of employment;

 

(i) the possible impact of any proposed conditions of employment on the health, safety or welfare of employees;

 

(j) any other relevant information made available to the Commission.

 

(4) The Commission must prepare a report for the Minister containing recommendations on the matters which should be included in a sectoral determination for the relevant sector and area.

 

(Commencement date of section 54: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

55. Making of sectoral determination

 

(1) After considering the report and recommendations of the Commission contemplated in section 54(4), the Minister may make a sectoral determination for one or more sector and area or as contemplated by subsection (8).

(Section 55(1) substituted by section 8(a) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(2) If the Minister does not accept a recommendation of the Commission made in terms of section 54(4), the Minister must refer the matter to the Commission for its reconsideration indicating the matters on which the Minister disagrees with the Commission.

 

(3) After considering the further report and recommendations of the Commission, the Minister may make a sectoral determination.

 

(4) A sectoral determination may in respect to the sector and area concerned-

 

(a) set minimum terms and conditions of employment, including minimum rates of remuneration;

 

(b) provide for the adjustment of remuneration by way of-

 

(i)   minimum rates; or

 

(ii)   minimum increases;

(Section 55(4)(b) substituted by section 8(b) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(c) regulate the manner, timing and other conditions of payment of remuneration;

 

(d) prohibit or regulate payment of remuneration in kind;

 

(e) require employers to keep employment records;

 

(f) require employers to provide records to their employees;

 

(g) prohibit or regulate task-based work, piecework, home work, sub-contracting and contract work;

(Section 55(4)(g) substituted by section 8(c) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(h) set minimum standards for housing and sanitation for employees who reside on their employers' premixes;

 

(i) regulate payment of travelling and other work-related allowances;

 

(j) specify minimum conditions of employment for trainees;

 

(k) specify minimum conditions of employment for persons other than employees;

 

(l) regulate training and education schemes;

 

(m) regulate pension, provident, medical aid, sick pay, holiday and unemployment schemes or funds; 

(Section 55(4)(m) amended by section 8(d) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(n) regulate any other matter concerning remuneration or other terms or conditions of employment.

 

(o)   taking into account the provisions of section 21(8) of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, set a threshold of representativeness at which a trade union will automatically have the organisational rights contemplated in sections 12 and 13 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, in respect of all workplaces covered by the sectoral determination; and

(Section 55(4)(o) added by section 8(d) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(p)   establish one or more methods for determining the conditions of service for labour tenants who has a right to occupy and to use a part of a farm as contemplated in section 3 of the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act, 1996 (Act No. 3 of 1996), for the purpose of section 4(3);

(Section 55(4)(p) added by section 8(d) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(5) Any provisions of a sectoral determination may apply to all or some of the employers and employees in the sector and area concerned.

 

(6) A sectoral determination in terms of subsection (1):

 

(a) May not be made in respect of section 7, 43(2), 44 or 48;

 

(b) may only be made in respect of section 43(1) to allow the employment of children in the performance of advertising, sports, artistic or cultural activities;

 

(c) may not reduce the protection afforded to employees by sections 17(3) and (4) and 25 or a regulation made in terms of section 13.; and

 

(d) may vary the basic conditions of employment in section 9 in the circumstances contemplated by section 50(2A).

(Section 55(6) substituted by section 11 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(7) The Minister may not publish a sectoral determination-

 

(a) covering employees and employers who are bound by a collective agreement concluded at a bargaining council;

 

(b) covering employees covered by a collective agreement concluded in a statutory council regulating any matter in respect of which that statutory council has concluded a collective agreement;

(Section 55(7)(b) substituted by section 8(e) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(c) regulating any matter regulated by a sectoral determination for a sector and area which has been in effect for less than 12 months.

 

(8) Subject to the provisions of subsection (7), the Minister may publish a sectoral determination that applies to employers and employees who are not covered by any other sectoral determination.

(Section 55(8) added by section 8(f) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(Commencement date of section 55: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

56. Period of operation of sectoral determination

 

(1) The provisions of a sectoral determination remain binding until they are amended or superseded by a new or amended sectoral determination, or they are cancelled or suspended by the Minister.

 

(2) If a collective agreement contemplated in section 55(6)(a) or (b) is concluded, the provisions of a sectoral determination cease to be binding upon employers and employees covered by the agreement.

 

(3) The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette-

 

(a) cancel or suspend any provision of a sectoral determination, either in the sector and area as a whole or in part of the sector or in a specific area; or

 

(b) correct or clarify the meaning of any provision of a sectoral determination as previously published.

 

(4) Before publishing a notice of cancellation or suspension in terms of subsection (3)(a) the Minister must, by notice in the Gazette, announce the intention to do so, and allow an opportunity for public comment.

 

(Commencement date of section 56: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

57. Legal effect of sectoral determination

 

If a matter regulated in this Act is also regulated in terms of a sectoral determination, the provision in the sectoral determination prevails.

 

(Commencement date of section 57: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

58. Employer to keep a copy of sectoral determination

 

Unless a sectoral determination provides otherwise, every employer on whom the sectoral determination is binding must-

 

(a) keep a copy of that sectoral determination available in the workplace at all times;

 

(b) make that copy available for inspection by an employee; and

 

(c) give a copy of that sectoral determination-

 

(i) to an employee who has paid the prescribed fee; and

 

(ii) free of charge, on request, to an employee who is a trade union representative or a member of a workplace forum.

 

(Commencement date of section 58: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

CHAPTER NINE

Employment Conditions Commission

 

59. Establishment and functions of Employment Conditions Commission

 

(1) The Employment Conditions Commission is hereby established.

 

(2) The functions of the Commission are to advise the Minister-

 

(a) on sectoral determinations in terms of Chapter Eight;

 

(b) on any matter concerning basic conditions of employment;

 

(c) on any matter arising out of the application of this Act;

 

(d) on the effect of the policies of the government on employment;

 

(e) on trends in collective bargaining and whether any of those trends undermine the purpose of this Act;

 

(f) and the Minister for Welfare and Population Development, on any matter concerning the employment of children, including the review of section 43;

 

(g) and the Minister for the Public Service and Administration, on any matter concerning basic conditions of employment in the public service.

 

(3) The Commission may draw up rules for the conduct of its meetings and public hearings.

 

(4) Subject to the laws governing the public service, the Minister must provide the Commission with the staff that the Minister considers necessary for the performance of its functions.

 

(5) The Minister must direct the Director-General to undertake research that is required to enable the Commission to perform its functions.

 

(6) The expenses of the Commission are to be met by money appropriated by Parliament for that purpose and which is subject to audit by the Auditor-General, referred to in section 188 of the Constitution.

 

(Commencement date of section 59: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

60. Composition of Commission

 

(1) The Minister must, after consultation with NEDLAC, appoint as members of the Commission three persons who are knowledgeable about the labour market and conditions of employment, including the conditions of employment of vulnerable and unorganised workers, and designate one of them as the chairperson.

 

(2) The Minister must, in addition, appoint to the Commission-

 

(a) one member and one alternate member nominated by the voting members of NEDLAC representing organised labour;

 

(b) one member and one alternate member nominated by the voting members of NEDLAC representing organised business.

(Section 60(2) substituted by section 12 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(3) The chairperson and members of the Commission-

 

(a) must be citizens or permanent residents of the Republic;

 

(b) must act impartially when performing any function of the Commission;

 

(c) may not engage in any activity that may undermine the integrity of the Commission; and

 

(d) must recuse themselves from advising the Minister on any matter in respect of which they have a direct financial interest or any other conflict of interest.

 

(4) The Minister must determine-

 

(a) the term of office of the chairperson and members of the Commission, which may not be more than three years;

 

(b) with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance, the remuneration and allowances to be paid to members of the Commission; and

 

(c) any other conditions of appointment not provided for in this section.

 

(5) The Minister must appoint a member to act as chairperson whenever-

 

(a) the chairperson is absent from the Republic or from duty, or for any reason is temporarily unable to function as chairperson; or

 

(b) the office of chairperson is vacant.

 

(6) A person whose period of office as the chairperson or a member of the Commission has expired is eligible for reappointment.

 

(7) The chairperson or a member of the Commission may resign in writing.

 

(8) The Minister may remove the chairperson or a member of the Commission from office for-

 

(a) serious misconduct;

 

(b) permanent incapacity; or

 

(c) engaging in any activity that may undermine the integrity of the Commission.

 

(Commencement date of section 60: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

61. Public hearings

 

The Commission may hold public hearings at which it may permit members of the public to make oral representations on any matter that the Commission is considering in terms of section 59(2).

 

(Commencement date of section 61: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

62. Report by Commission

 

(1) The Commission's advice to the Minister must be in the form of a written report.

 

(2) The Commission must, when performing any function in terms of section 59(2)(b) to (e), take into account the considerations set out in section 54(3) to the extent that they are appropriate.

 

(3) The members of the Commission must endeavour to prepare a unanimous report to the Minister. If the members are not able to prepare a unanimous report, each member is entitled to have his or her views reflected in the report.

 

(Commencement date of section 62: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

CHAPTER TEN

Monitoring, enforcement and legal proceedings

 

PART A

Monitoring and enforcement

 

63. Appointment of labour inspectors

 

(1) The Minister may-

 

(a) appoint any person in the public service as a labour inspector;

 

(b) designate any person in the public service, or any person appointed as a designated agent of a bargaining council in terms of section 33 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, to perform any of the functions of a labour inspector.

 

(2) Any person appointed under subsection (1) must perform his or her functions in terms of this Chapter, subject to the direction and control of the Minister.

 

(3) The Minister must provide each labour inspector with a signed certificate in the prescribed form stating-

 

(a) that the person is a labour inspector;

 

(b) which legislation that labour inspector may monitor and enforce; and

 

(c) which of the functions of a labour inspector that person may perform.

 

(Commencement date of section 63: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

64. Functions of labour inspectors

 

(1) A labour inspector appointed under section 63(1) may promote, monitor and enforce compliance with an employment law by-

 

(a) advising employees and employers of their rights and obligations in terms of an employment law;

 

(b) conducting inspections in terms of this Chapter;

 

(c) investigating complaints made to a labour inspector;

 

(d) endeavouring to secure compliance with an employment law by securing undertakings or issuing compliance orders; and

 

(e) performing any other prescribed function.

 

(2) A labour inspector may not perform any function in terms of this Act in respect of an undertaking in respect of which the labour inspector has, or may reasonably be perceived to have, any personal, financial or similar interest.

 

(Commencement date of section 64: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

65. Powers of entry

 

(1) In order to monitor and enforce compliance with an employment law, a labour inspector may, without warrant or notice, at any reasonable time, enter-

 

(a) any workplace or any other place where an employer carries on business or keeps employment records, that is not a home;

 

(b) any premises used for skills development in terms of the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No. 97 of 1998); or

 

(c) any place at which any person provides or purports to provide any employment services as defined in terms of the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No. 97 of 1998).

(Section 65(1) substituted by section 17 of Act 37 of 2008)

 

(2) A labour inspector may enter a home or any place other than a place referred to in subsection (1) only-

 

(a) with the consent of the owner or occupier; or

 

(b) if authorised to do so in writing in terms of subsection (3).

 

(3) The Labour Court may issue an authorisation contemplated in subsection (2) only on written application by a labour inspector who states under oath or affirmation the reasons for the need to enter a place in order to monitor or enforce compliance with any employment law.

 

(4) If it is practical to do so, the employer and a trade union representative must be notified that the labour inspector is present at a workplace and of the reason for the inspection.

 

(Commencement date of section 65: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731])

 

66. Powers to question and inspect

 

(1) In order to monitor or enforce compliance with an employment law, a labour inspector may-

 

(a) require a person to disclose information, either orally or in writing, and either alone or in the presence of witnesses, on any matter to which an employment law relates, and require that the disclosure be made under oath or affirmation;

 

(b) inspect, and question a person about, any record or document to which an employment law relates;

 

(c) copy any record or document referred to in paragraph (b), or remove these to make copies or extracts;

 

(d) require a person to produce or deliver to a place specified by the labour inspector any record or document referred to in paragraph (b) for inspection;

 

(e) inspect, question a person about, and if necessary remove, any article, substance or machinery present at a place referred to in section 65;

 

(f) inspect or question a person about any work performed; and

 

(g) perform any other prescribed function necessary for monitoring or enforcing compliance with an employment law.

 

(2) A labour inspector may be accompanied by an interpreter and any other person reasonably required to assist in conducting the inspection.

 

(3) A labour inspector must-

 

(a) produce on request the certificate referred to in section 63(3);

 

(b) provide a receipt for any record, document, article, substance or machinery removed in terms of subsection (1)(c) or (e); and

 

(c) return anything removed within a reasonable period of time.

 

(4) The powers provided for in this Part are in addition to any power of a labour inspector in terms of any other employment law.

 

67. Co-operation with labour inspectors

 

(1) Any person who is questioned by a labour inspector in terms of section 66 must answer all relevant questions lawfully put to that person truthfully and to the best of his or her ability.11

 

(2) Every employer and each employee must provide any facility and assistance at a workplace that is reasonably required by a labour inspector to perform the labour inspector's functions effectively.

 

68. Securing an undertaking

 

(1) A labour inspector who has reasonable grounds to believe that an employer has not complied with any provision of this Act may endeavour to secure a written undertaking by the employer to comply with the provision.

(Section 68(1) substituted by section 9(a) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(1A) A labour inspector may endeavour to secure a written undertaking by the employer to comply with subsection (1) either by-

 

(a) meeting with the employer or a representative of the employer; or

 

(b) serving a document, in the prescribed form, on the employer.

(Section 68(1A) inserted by section 13 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(2) In endeavouring to secure the undertaking, the labour inspector-

 

(a) may seek to obtain agreement between the employer and employee as to any amount owed to the employee in terms of this Act;

 

(b) may arrange for payment to an employee of any amount paid as a result of an undertaking;

 

(c) may, at the written request of an employee, receive payment on behalf of the employee; and

 

(d) must provide a receipt for any payment received in terms of paragraph (c).

 

(3) If an employer fails to comply with a written undertaking given by the employer in terms of this section, the Director-General may apply to the Labour Court for an order in terms of section 73 directing the employer to comply with the undertaking.

(Section 68(3) added by section 9(b) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

69. Compliance order

 

(1) A labour inspector who has reasonable grounds to believe that an employer has not complied with a provision of this Act may issue a compliance order.

 

(2) A compliance order must set out-

 

(a) the name of the employer, and the location of every workplace, to which it applies;

 

(b) any provision of this Act that the employer has not complied with, and details of the conduct constituting non-compliance;

 

(c) any amount that the employer is required to pay to an employee;

 

(d) ……….

(Section 69(2)(d) deleted by section 10(a) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(e) any steps that the employer is required to take including, if necessary, the cessation of the contravention in question and the period within which those steps must be taken; and

 

(f) the maximum fine that may be imposed upon the employer in accordance with Schedule Two for a failure to comply with a provision of this Act.

 

(2A) A compliance order may also set out the date-

 

(a)   by which the employer should serve any representations it may wish to make with the Department and the Labour Court; and

 

(b)   on which, if the employer does not comply with the order, application may be made without further notice to the employer to have the compliance order made an order of the Labour Court in terms of section 73.

(Section 69(2A) inserted by section 10(b) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(3)

(a)     A copy of the compliance order must be served on the employer named in it, and on each employee affected by it or, if this is impractical, on a representative of the employees.

(Section 69(3)(a) substituted by section 10(c) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(b) The failure to serve a copy of a compliance order on any employee or any representative of employees in terms of paragraph (a) does not invalidate the order.

(Section 69(3)(a) substituted & (b) inserted by section 14 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(4) The employer must display a copy of the compliance order prominently at a place accessible to the affected employees at each workplace named in it.

 

(5) An employer must comply with the compliance order within the time period stated in the order.

(Section 69(5) substituted by section 10(d) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

70. Limitations

 

A labour inspector may not issue a compliance order in respect of any amount payable to an employee as a result of a failure to comply with a provision of this Act if-

 

(a) the employee is covered by a collective agreement that provides for resolution by arbitration of disputes concerning amounts owing in terms of this Act;

 

(b) the employee is employed in a category of employees mentioned in section 6(1)(a) or in respect of which a notice has been issued in terms of section 6(3);

 

(c) any proceedings have been instituted for the recovery of that amount, unless those proceedings have been withdrawn; or

(Section 70(c) substituted by section 11 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(d) that amount has been payable by the employer to the employee for longer than 12 months before the date on which a complaint was made to a labour inspector by or on behalf of the employee or, if no complaint was made, the date on which a labour inspector first endeavoured to secure a written undertaking by the employer in terms of section 68 or issued a compliance order in terms of section 69.

(Section 70(d) substituted by section 15 of Act 11 of 2002)

(Section 70(d) substituted by section 11 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

71. ……….

(Section 71 repealed by section 12 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

72. ……….

(Section 72 repealed by section 12 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

73. Order may be made order of Labour Court

 

(1) The Director-General may apply to the Labour Court on the date specified in the compliance order in terms of section 69(2A)(b) or, with further notice to the employer, on a subsequent date for a compliance order to be made an order of the Labour Court if the employer has not complied with the order.

 

(2) After considering any representations made to it, the Labour Court may issue an order in terms of subsection (1) requiring-

 

(a)   the employer to comply with the provisions of this Act;

 

(b)   subject to section 70(d), the payment of any amount owing to an employee; or

 

(c)   the payment of a fine calculated in terms of Schedule 2 to this Act.

(Section 73 amended by section 16 of Act 11 of 2002)

(Section 73 substituted by section 13 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

PART B

Legal proceedings

 

74. Consolidation of proceedings

 

(1) A dispute concerning a contravention of this Act may be instituted jointly with proceedings instituted by an employee under Part C of this Chapter.

 

(2) If an employee institutes proceedings for unfair dismissal, the Labour Court or the arbitrator hearing the matter may also determine any claim for an amount that is owing to that employee in terms of this Act if the claim has not prescribed.

(Words preceding section 74(2)(a) substituted by section 14(a) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(a) ………

(Section 74(2)(a) deleted by section 14(b) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(b) ……….

(Section 74(2)(b) deleted by section 14(b) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(c) ……….

(Section 74(2)(c) deleted by section 14(b) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(Section 74(2) substituted by section 17 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(2A) No compliance order may be issued or enforced and no other legal proceedings may be instituted or enforced in respect of any claim that has been determined in terms of this subsection (2).

(Section 74(2A) inserted by section 14(c) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(3) A dispute concerning any amount that is owing to an employee as a result of a contravention of this Act may be initiated jointly with a dispute instituted by that employee over the entitlement to severance pay in terms of section 41 (6).

 

 

75. Payment of interest

 

An employer must pay interest on any amount due and payable in terms of this Act at the rate of interest prescribed in terms of section 1 of the Prescribed Rate of Interest Act, 1975 (Act No. 55 of 1975), to any person to whom a payment should have been made.

 

(Section 75 substituted by section 18 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

76. Proof of compliance

 

(1) In any proceedings concerning a contravention of this Act or any sectoral determination it is for an employer-

 

(a) to prove that a record maintained by or for that employer is valid and accurate;

 

(b) who has failed to keep any record required by this Act that is relevant to those proceedings, to prove compliance with any provision of this Act.

 

77. Jurisdiction of Labour Court

 

(1) Subject to the Constitution and the jurisdiction of the Labour Appeal Court, and except where this Act provides otherwise, the Labour Court has exclusive jurisdiction in respect of all matters in terms of this Act.

(Section 77(1) substituted by section 15(a) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(1A) The Labour Court has exclusive jurisdiction to grant civil relief arising from a breach of sections 33A, 43, 44, 46, 48, 90 and 92.

(Section 77(1A) inserted by section 15(b) of Act 20 of 2013)

 

(2) The Labour Court may review the performance or purported performance of any function provided for in this Act or any act or omission of any person in terms of this Act on any grounds that are permissible in law.

 

(3) The Labour Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the civil courts to hear and determine any matter concerning a contract of employment, irrespective of whether any basic condition  of employment constitutes a term of that contract.

 

(4) Subsection (1) does not prevent any person relying upon a provision of this Act to establish that a basic condition of employment constitutes a term of a contract of employment in any proceedings in a civil court or an arbitration held in terms of an agreement.

 

(5) If proceedings concerning any matter contemplated in terms of subsection (1) are instituted in a court that does not have jurisdiction in respect of that matter, that court may at any stage during proceedings refer that matter to the Labour Court.

 

77A. Powers of Labour Court

 

Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Labour Court may make any appropriate order, including an order-

 

(a) making a compliance order issued in terms of this Act, an order of the Labour Court, on application by the Director-General in terms of section 73(1) or 73(2);

 

(b) condoning the late filing of any document with, or the late referral of any dispute to, the Labour Court;

 

(c) confirming, varying or setting aside all or part of an order made by the Director-General in terms of section 71(3), on appeal by the employer in terms of section 72;

 

(d) reviewing the performance or purported performance of any function provided for in terms of this Act or any act or omission by any person or body in terms of this Act, on any grounds permissible in law;

 

(e) making a determination that it considers reasonable on any matter concerning a contract of employment in terms of section 77(3), which determination may include an order for specific  performance , an  award of damages or an award of compensation;

 

(f) imposing a fine in accordance with Schedule 2 to this Act or for any contravention of any provision of this Act for which a fine can be imposed; and

 

(g) dealing with any matter necessary or incidental to performing its functions in terms of this Act.

 

(Section 77A inserted by section 19 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

PART C

Protection of employees against discrimination

 

78. Rights of employees

 

(1) Every employee has the right to

 

(a) make a complaint to a trade union representative, a trade union official or a labour inspector concerning any alleged failure or refusal by an employer to comply with this Act;

 

(b) discuss his or her conditions of employment with his or her fellow employees, his or her employer or any other person;

 

(c) refuse to comply with an instruction that is contrary to this Act or any sectoral determination;

 

(d) refuse to agree to any term or condition of employment that is contrary to this Act or any sectoral determination;

 

(e) inspect any record kept in terms of this Act that relates to the employment of that employee;

 

(f) participate in proceedings in terms of this Act;

 

(g) request a trade union representative or a labour inspector to inspect any record kept in terms of this Act and that relates to the employment of that employee.

 

(2) Every trade union representative has the right, at the request of an employee, to inspect any record kept in terms of this Act that relates to the employment of that employee.

 

79. Protection of rights

 

(1) In this section, "employee" includes a former employee or an applicant for employment.

 

(2) No person may discriminate against an employee for exercising a right conferred by this Part and no person may do, or threaten to do, any of the following:

 

(a) Require an employee not to exercise a right conferred by this Part;

 

(b) prevent an employee from exercising a right conferred by this Part; or

 

(c) prejudice an employee because of a past, present or anticipated-

 

(i) failure or refusal to do anything that an employer may not lawfully permit or require an employee to do;

 

(ii) disclosure of information that the employee is lawfully entitled or required to give to another person; or

 

(iii) exercise of a right conferred by this Part.

 

(3) No person may favour, or promise to favour, an employee in exchange for the employee not exercising a right conferred by this Part. However, nothing in this section precludes the parties to a dispute from concluding an agreement to settle the dispute.

 

80. Procedure for disputes

 

(1) If there is a dispute about the interpretation or application of this Part, any party to the dispute may refer the dispute in writing to-

 

(a) a council, if the parties to the dispute fall within the registered scope of that council; or

 

(b) the CCMA, if no council has jurisdiction.

 

(2) The party who refers a dispute must satisfy the council or the CCMA that a copy of the referral has been served on all the other parties to the dispute.

 

(3) The council or the CCMA must attempt to resolve a dispute through conciliation.

 

(4) If a dispute remains unresolved, any party to the dispute may refer it to the Labour Court for adjudication.

 

(5) In respect of a dispute in terms of this Part, the relevant provisions of Part C of Chapter VII of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, apply with the changes required by the context.

 

81. Burden of proof

 

In any proceeding in terms of this Part-

 

(a) an employee who alleges that a right or protection conferred by this Part has been infringed, must prove the facts of the conduct said to constitute such infringement; and

 

(b) the party who allegedly engaged in the conduct in question must then prove that the conduct did not infringe any provision of this Part.

 

CHAPTER ELEVEN

General

 

82. Temporary employment services

 

(1) For the purposes of this Act, a person whose services have been procured for, or provided to, a client by a temporary employment service is the employee of that temporary employment service, and the temporary employment service is that person's employer.

 

(2) Despite subsection (1), a person who is an independent contractor is not an employee of a temporary employment service, nor is the temporary employment service the employer of that person.

 

(3) The temporary employment service and the client are jointly and severally liable if the temporary employment service, in respect of any employee who provides services to that client, does not comply with this Act or a sectoral determination.

 

83. Deeming of persons as employees

 

(1) The Minister may, on the advice of the Commission and by notice in the Gazette, deem any category of persons specified in the notice to be-

 

(a) employees for purposes of the whole or any part of this Act, any other employment law other than the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1966 (Act No. 30 of 1966), or any sectoral determination.

 

(b) contributors for purposes of the whole or any part of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1966.

(Section 83(1) substituted by section 20 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

(2) Before the Minister issues a notice under subsection (1), the Minister must-

 

(a) publish a draft of the proposed notice in the Gazette; and

 

(b) invite interested persons to submit written representations on the proposed notice within a reasonable period.

 

83A. Presumption as to who is employee

 

(1) A person who works for, or renders services to, any other person is presumed, until the contrary is proved, to be an employee, regardless of the form of the contract, if any one or more of the following factors is present:

 

(a) The manner in which the person works is subject to the control or direction of another person;

 

(b) the person’s hours of work are subject to the control or direction of another person;

 

(c) in the case of a person who works for an organisation, the person is a part of that organisation;

 

(d) the person has worked for that other person for an average of at least 40 hours per month over the last three months;

 

(e) the person is economically dependent on the other person for whom that person works or renders services;

 

(f) the person is provided with tools of trade or work equipment by the other person, or

 

(g) the person only works for or renders services to one person.

 

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to any person who earns in excess of the amount determined by the Minister in terms of section 9(3).

 

(3) If a proposed or existing work arrangement involves persons who earn amounts equal to or below the amounts determined by the Minister in terms of section 6(3), any of the contraction parties may approach the CCMA for an advisory award about whether the persons involved in the arrangement are employees.

 

(Section 83A inserted by section 21 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

84. Duration of employment

 

(1) For the purposes of determining the length of an employee's employment with an employer for any provision of this Act, previous employment with the same employer must be taken into account if the break between the periods of employment is less than one year.

 

(2) Any payment made or any leave granted in terms of this Act to an employee contemplated in subsection (1) during a previous period of employment must be taken into account in determining the employee's entitlement to leave or to a payment in terms of this Act.

 

85. Delegation

 

(1) The Minister may in writing delegate or assign to the Director-General or any employee in the public service of the rank of assistant director or of a higher rank, any power or duty conferred or imposed upon the Minister in terms of this Act, except the Minister's powers in terms of sections 6(3), 55(1), 60, 83, 87 and 95(2) and the Minister's power to make regulations.

 

(2) A delegation or assignment in terms of subsection (1) does not limit or restrict the Minister's authority to exercise or perform the delegated or assigned power or duty.

 

(3) Any person to whom a power or duty is delegated or assigned in terms of subsection (1) must exercise or perform that power or duty subject to the direction of the Minister.

 

(4) The Minister may at any time-

 

(a) withdraw a delegation or assignment made in terms of subsection (1); and

 

(b) withdraw or amend any decision made by a person exercising or performing a power or duty delegated or assigned in terms of subsection (1).

 

(5) The Director-General may in writing delegate or assign any power or duty conferred or imposed upon the Director-General by Chapter Ten of this Act to any employee in the Department of the rank of assistant director or of a higher rank.

 

(6) Subsections (2), (3) and (4) apply with changes required by the context to any delegations or assignments by the Director-General under subsection (5).

 

86. Regulations

 

(1) The Minister may by notice in the Gazette, after consulting the Commission, make regulations regarding any matter that may be necessary or expedient to prescribe in order to achieve the objects of this Act.

 

(2) A regulation regarding state revenue or expenditure may be made only with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance.

 

87. Codes of Good Practice

 

(1) The Minister, after consulting NEDLAC-

 

(a) must issue a Code of Good Practice on the Arrangement of Working Time;

 

(b) must issue a Code of Good Practice on the Protection of Employees during Pregnancy and after the Birth of a Child;

 

(c) may issue other codes of good practice; and

 

(d) may change or replace any code of good practice.

 

(2) Any code of good practice or any change to or replacement of a code of good practice must be published in the Gazette.

 

(3) Any person interpreting or applying this Act must take into account relevant codes of good practice.

 

(4) A Code of Good Practice issued in terms of this section may provide that the Code must be taken into account in applying or interpreting any employment law.

(Section 87(4) inserted by section 22 of Act 11 of 2002)

 

88. Minister's power to add and change footnotes

 

The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, add to, change or replace any footnote in this Act.

 

89. Representation of employees or employers

 

(1) A registered trade union or registered employers' organisation may act in any one or more of the following capacities in any dispute to which any of its members is a party:

 

(a) In its own interest;

 

(b) on behalf of any of its members;

 

(c) in the interest of any of its members.

 

(2) A registered trade union or a registered employers' organisation is entitled to be a party to any proceedings in terms of this Act if one or more of its members is a party to these proceedings.

 

90. Confidentiality

 

(1) It is an offence for any person to disclose information which that person acquired while exercising or performing any power or duty in terms of this Act and which relates to the financial or business affairs of any other person, except if the information is disclosed in compliance with the provisions of any law-

 

(a) to enable a person to perform a function or exercise a power in terms of an employment law;

 

(b) for the purposes of the proper administration of this Act;

 

(c) for the purposes of the administration of justice.

 

(2) Subsection (1) does not prevent the disclosure of any information concerning an employer's compliance or non-compliance with the provisions of any employment law.

 

(3) The record of any medical examination performed in terms of this Act must be kept confidential and may be made available only-

 

(a) in accordance with the ethics of medical practice;

 

(b) if required by law or court order; or

 

(c) if the employee has in writing consented to the release of that information.

 

91. Answers not to be used in criminal prosecutions

 

No answer by any person to a question by a person conducting an investigation in terms of section 53 or by a labour inspector in terms of section 66 may be used against that person in any criminal proceedings except proceedings in respect of a charge of perjury or making a false statement.

 

92. Obstruction, undue influence and fraud

 

It is an offence to-

 

(a) obstruct or attempt to influence improperly a person who is performing a function in terms of this Act;

 

(b) obtain or attempt to obtain any prescribed document by means of fraud, false pretences, or by presenting or submitting a false or forged document;

 

(c) pretend to be a labour inspector or any other person performing a function in terms of this Act;

 

(d) refuse or fail to answer fully any lawful question put by a labour inspector or any other person performing a function in terms of this Act;

 

(e) refuse or fail to comply with any lawful request of, or lawful order by, a labour inspector or any other person performing a function in terms of this Act;

 

(f) hinder or obstruct a labour inspector or any other person performing a function in terms of this Act.

 

93. Penalties

 

(1) Any magistrates' court has jurisdiction to impose a penalty for an offence provided for in this Act.

 

(2) Any person convicted of an offence in terms of any section mentioned in the first column of the table below may be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment for a period not longer than the period mentioned in the second column of that table opposite the number of that section.

 

OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

Section under which convicted

Maximum term of imprisonment

Section 33A

3 years

Section 43

6 years

Section 44

6 years

Section 46

6 years

Section 48

6 years

Section 90(1) and (3)

1 year

Section 92

1 year

(Table of Offences and Penalties substituted by section 16 of Act 20 of 2013)

 

94. This Act binds the State

 

This Act binds the State except in so far as criminal liability is concerned.

 

95. Transitional arrangements and amendment and repeal of laws

 

(1) The provisions of Schedule Three apply to the transition from other laws to this Act.

 

(2) The Minister may for the purposes of regulating the transition from any law to this Act add to or change Schedule Three.

 

(3) Any addition or change to Schedule Three must be tabled in the National Assembly and takes effect-

 

(a) if the National Assembly does not pass a resolution that the addition or change is not binding within 14 days of the date of the tabling; and

 

(b) on publication in the Gazette.

 

(4) Section 186 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, is hereby amended by the deletion of subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (c).

 

(5) The laws mentioned in the first two columns of Schedule Four are hereby repealed to the extent indicated opposite that law in the third column of that Schedule.

 

(6) The repeal of any law by subsection (5) does not affect any transitional arrangement provided for in Schedule Three.

 

96. Short title and commencement

 

This is the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997, and comes into effect on a date to be fixed by the President by proclamation in the Gazette.

 

 

SCHEDULE ONE - PROCEDURES FOR PROGRESSIVE REDUCTION OF MAXIMUM WORKING HOURS

 

1. Goal

 

This Schedule records the procedures to be adopted to reduce the working hours of employees to the goal of a 40 hour working week and an eight hour working day-

 

(a) through collective bargaining and the publication of sectoral determinations;

 

(b) having due regard to the impact of a reduction of working hours on existing employment and opportunities for employment creation, economic efficiency and the health, safety and welfare of employees.

 

2. Collective bargaining

 

When during negotiations on terms and conditions of employment, a party to the negotiations introduces the reduction of maximum working hours as a subject for negotiation, the parties must negotiate on that issue.

 

3. Role of Employment Conditions Commission

 

The Commission may investigate the possibility of reducing working hours in a particular sector and area and make recommendations to the Minister thereon.

 

4. Investigation by Department of Labour

 

(1) The Department of Labour must, after consultation with the Commission, conduct an investigation as to how the reduction of weekly working hours to a level of 40 hours per week may be achieved.

 

(2) The investigation must be completed and the report submitted to the Minister not later than 18 months after the Act has come into operation.

 

5. Reports

 

(1) The Department of Labour must, after consultation with the Commission-

 

(a) monitor and review progress made in reducing working hours;

 

(b) prepare and publish a report for the Minister on the progress made in the reduction of working hours.

 

(2) The Department must publish reports every two years.

 

(3) The reports must be tabled at Nedlac and in Parliament by the Minister.

 

(4) The Minister may prescribe the returns to be submitted by employers, trade unions and councils on any matter concerning this Schedule.

 

SCHEDULE TWO

MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE FINES THAT MAY BE IMPOSED FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS ACT

 

1. This Schedule sets out the maximum fine that may be imposed in terms of Chapter Ten for a failure to comply with a provision of this Act.

 

2. The maximum fine that may be imposed-

 

(a) for a failure to comply with a provision of this Act not involving a failure to pay an amount due to an employee in terms of any basic condition of employment, is the fine determined in terms of Table One or Table Two;

 

(b) involving a failure to pay an amount due to an employee, is the greater of the amount determined in terms of Table One or Table Two.

 

TABLE ONE: MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE FINE NOT INVOLVING AN UNDERPAYMENT

No previous failure to comply

R300 per employee in respect of whom the failure to comply occurs

A previous failure to comply in respect of the same provision

R600 per employee in respect of whom the failure to comply occurs

A previous failure to comply within the previous 12 months or two previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three years

R900 per employee in respect of whom the failure to comply occurs

Three previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three years

R1 200 per employee in respect of whom the failure to comply occurs

Four previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three years

R1 500 per employee in respect of whom the failure to comply occurs

 

TABLE TWO: MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE FINE INVOLVING AN UNDERPAYMENT

 

No previous failure to comply

25% of the amount due, including any interest owing on the amount at the date of the order

A previous failure to comply in respect of the same provision within three years

50% of the amount due, including any interest owing on the amount at the date of the order

A previous failure to comply in respect of the same  provision within a year, or two previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three years

75% of the amount due, including any interest owing on the amount at the date of the order

Three previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three years

100% of the amount due, including any interest owing on the amount at the date of the order

Four or more previous failures to comply in respect of the same provision within three years

200% of thc amount due, including any interest owing on the amount at the date of the order

SCHEDULE THREE

TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

 

1. Definitions

 

For the purposes of this Schedule-

 

"Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983" means the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983 (Act No. 3 of 1983);

"domestic worker" means an employee defined as a "domestic servant" in section 1(1) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983;

"farm worker" means an employee who is employed mainly in or in connection with farming activities, and includes an employee who wholly or mainly performs domestic work in home premises on a farm;

"mineworker" means an employee employed at a mine whose hours of work are prescribed in terms of any regulation that is in force in terms of item 4 of Schedule 4 to the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996);

"security guard" means an employee defined as a "guard" or a "security guard" in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983;

"Wage Act, 1957" means the Wage Act, 1957 (Act No. 5 of 1957);

"wage determination" means a wage determination made in terms of section 14 of the Wage Act, 1957.

 

2. Application to public service

This Act, except section 41, does not apply to the public service for 18 months after the commencement of this Act, unless a bargaining council concludes a collective agreement that a provision of this Act will apply from an earlier date.

 

3. Application to farm workers

(1) Sections 6A, 10(2A) and 14(4A) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, continue to apply to the employment of a farm worker until such time as the matters regulated by those provisions are regulated by a sectoral determination applicable to the farm worker.

(2) Until regulated by a sectoral determination, section 17(3) applies to farm workers who work after 20:00 and before 04:00 at least five times per month or 50 times per year.

 

4. Payment in kind of domestic workers and farm workers

(1) The definition of "wage" in section 1(1) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, and the definition of "payment in kind" in the regulations published under that Act continue to apply to the employment of domestic workers and farm workers, until regulated by a sectoral determination.

(2) The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, amend any cash amount prescribed in the definition of "payment in kind" in accordance with section 37 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, as if that section had not been repealed.

 

5. Ordinary hours of work

An employer may require or permit an employee who is employed as a farm worker, mineworker or security guard to work ordinary hours of work in excess of those prescribed by section 9(1) and (2) for the period specified in column two of Table One: Provided that-

 

(a) any condition in column two of Table One is complied with;

(b) the employee's hours of work do not exceed any limit on hours of work in any law or any wage-regulating measure applicable to that category of employee immediately before this Act came into effect;

(c) the employee and his or her employer do not conclude an agreement in terms of sections 11 and 12.

 

TABLE ONE

Farm workers

For a period of 12 months after the commencement date of this Act, provided that the employee's ordinary hours of work do not exceed 48 hours per week.

Mineworkers

For a period of 12 months after the commencement date of this Act, provided that the employee's total hours of work do not exceed any limit on hours or work prescribed in any applicable regulation that is in force in terms of item 4 of Schedule 4 to the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29 of 1996).

Security guards

For a period of 12 months after the commencement date of this Act, provided that the employee's ordinary hours of work do not exceed 55 hours per week; and thereafter for a further period of 12 months, provided that the employee's ordinary hours of work do not exceed 50 hours per week.

Security guards in the private security sector

Despite the preceding sentence, for a period of 12 months after the commencement date of a sectoral determination for the private security sector, provided that the employee’s ordinary hours of work do not exceed 55 hours per week; and thereafter for a further period of 12 months, provided that the employee’s ordinary hours of work do not exceed 50 hours per week.

(Schedule Three (Table One) amended by Government Notice R 195, Government Gazette No. 20933)

 

6. Leave pay

(1) The entitlement in terms of section 20(2) of an employee employed continuously before and after the commencement of this Act takes effect on the date on which, but for the enactment of this Act, the employee would next have commenced a leave cycle in terms of section 12 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, or any wage determination.

(2) Any accrued leave to which an employee was entitled in terms of section 12 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, or a wage determination, but which has not been granted by the date on which section 20(2) takes effect with respect to that employee, must be added to the paid leave earned by that employee in terms of this Act.

(3) Section 22(3) does not apply to any leave earned by the employee in respect of any period prior to the date on which this Act takes effect.

 

7. Pay for sick leave

(1) Table Two applies in respect of any employee, as defined in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, in employment at the commencement of this Act.

(2) An employee listed in column one who was in continuous employment before the commencement of this Act for the period set out in column two becomes entitled to the rights under section 22(2) on the date listed in column three and section 22(3) on the date listed in column four.

 

TABLE TWO - TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS IN RELATION TO SICK LEAVE

 

Employees as defined in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983

Period of continuous employment before commencement date of this Act

Date of entitlement to six weeks' paid sick leave over 36-months sick leave cycle in terms of section 22(2)

Date of entitlement to one day's paid sick leave every 26 days worked during the first six consecutive months of employment in terms of section 22(3)

Employees and regular day workers

Less than six months

Six months after commencement date of employment

Date on which employee began employment

Casual employees

Less than six months

Six months after commencement date of em ployment

Commencement date of this Act

Regular day workers and casual employees

More than six months

Commencement date of this Act

Not applicable

Employees (other than casual workers and regular day workers)

Between six and 12 months

Commencement date of this Act

Not applicable

Employees

More than 12 months

At conclusion of current

Not applicable sick leave cycle in terms of section 13(1) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983

(3) Any period of paid sick leave granted to an employee in accordance with Table TWO, may be deducted from the employee's entitlement in terms of either section 22(2) or section 22(3), if-

(a) it was taken before the commencement of this Act, or

(b) it was taken during the period that the relevant section was in effect with respect to that employee.

 

8. Exemptions

Any exemption granted under section 34 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983, in force immediately before the commencement of this Act remains in force for the period for which the exemption was granted, or if the exemption was granted for an indefinite period, for a period of six months after the commencement of this Act as if that Act had not been repealed, unless it is withdrawn by the Minister, before the end of such period.

 

9. Wage determinations

(1) Any wage determination and any amendment to a wage determination made in terms of section 15 of the Wage Act, 1957, in force immediately before the commencement of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 2002 (hereafter referred to as a ‘wage determination’) is deemed to be a sectoral determination made in accordance with section 55 of this Act.

(2) Any provision in a wage determination stipulating a minimum term or condition of employment is deemed to be a basic condition of employment defined in section 1 of this Act.

(3) The Minister may amend, cancel, suspend, clarify or correct any wage determination in accordance with Chapter Eight of this Act.

(4) The provisions of a wage determination may be enforced in accordance with Chapter Ten of this Act.

(5) Any prosecution concerning a contravention of, or failure to comply with, a binding wage determination or licence of exemption form 1 November 1998 until the commencement date of the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 2002, must be dealt with in terms of the Wage Act, 1957, as if the Wage Act, 1957, had not been repealed.

(6) The Director of Public Prosecutions having jurisdiction is deemed to have issued a certificate in terms of section 23(3)(a) of the Wage Act, 1957, in respect of any contravention or failure contemplated in subitem (5) in respect of which no prosecution is commenced within three months of the commencement date of the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 2002.

(Item 9 of Schedule 3 substituted by section 23(a) of Act 11 of 2002)

 

10. Exemptions to wage determination

Any licence of exemption granted in respect of a wage determination in terms of section 19 of the Wage Act, 1957, in force immediately before the commencement of this Act is deemed to be withdrawn as from a date six months after the commencement date of the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act, 2002

(Item 10 of Schedule 3 substituted by section 23(b) of Act 11 of 2002)

 

11. Agreements

(1) Any agreement entered into before the commencement of this Act which is permitted by this Act remains valid and binding.

(2) Any provision in a collective agreement concluded in a bargaining council that was in force immediately before this Act came into effect remains in effect for-

(a) six months after the commencement date of this Act in the case of a provision contemplated by section 49(1)(a) to (d); and

(b) 18 months after the commencement date of this Act in the case of a provision contemplated by section 49(1)(e).

 

SCHEDULE FOUR - LAWS REPEALED BY SECTION 95(5)

Number and year of law

Short title

Extent of repeal

Act No. 5 of 1957

Wage Act, 1957

The whole

Act No. 48 of 198

Wage Amendment Act, 1981

The whole

Act No. 3 of 1983

Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1983

The whole

Act No. 26 of 1984

Wage Amendment Act, 1984

The whole

Act No. 27 of 1984

Basic Conditions of Employment

Amendment Act, 1984

The whole

Act No. 104 of 1992

Basic Conditions of Employment

Amendment Act, 1992

The whole

Act No. 137 of 1993

Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 1993

The whole

Act No. 147 of 1993

Agricultural Labour Act, 1993

Chapter 2

Act No. 50 of 1994

Agricultural Labour Amendment Act 1994

Section 2

Act No. 66 of 1995

Labour Relations Act, 1995

Section 196

 

1 “Employee is given a specific meaning in section 82(1).

2 “Remuneration” is given a specific meaning in section 35(5).

3 The Code of Good Practice issued by the Minister of Labour under section 87(1)(a) will contain provisions concerning the arrangement of work and, in particular, its impact upon the health, safety and welfare of employees. Issues that would be included are shift work, night work, rest periods during working time, family responsibilities and work by children.

4 Section 90 protects the confidentiality of any medical examination conducted in terms of this Act.

5 In terms of section 2(2) of the Public Holidays Act, 1994 (Act No. 36 of 1994), a public holiday is exchangeable for any other day which is fixed by agreement or agreed to between the employer and the employee.

6 In terms of section 187(1)(e) of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, the dismissal of an employee on account of her pregnancy, intended pregnancy, or any reason related to her pregnancy, is automatically unfair. The definition of dismissal in section 186 of the Labour Relations Act, 1995, includes the refusal to allow an employee to resume work after she has taken maternity leave in terms of any law, collective agreement or her contract.

7 Sections 34 and 37 of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1966 (Act No. 30 of 1966), provide for the payment of maternity leave. Legislative amendments will be proposed to Cabinet to improve these benefits and to provide that the payment to an employee of maternity benefits does not adversely affect her right to unemployment benefits.

8 The Minister must issue a Code of Good Practice on the Protection of Employees during Pregnancy and after the Birth of a Child in terms of section 87(1)(b).

9 Section 90(3) protects the confidentiality of any medical examination conducted in terms of this Act.

10 An answer by a person to a question put to him or her by a person conducting an investigation may not he used in any criminal proceedings except proceedings in respect of a charge of perjury or making a false statement (s. 91).

11 An answer by a person to a question of a labour inspector may not be used in any criminal proceedings except proceedings in respect of a charge of perjury or making a false statement (s. 91).

 

Commencement:

  • Commencement date of sections 6(3), 6(4), 43 up to and including 48 and 51 up to and including 65: 21 March 1998 [Proc. No. R 26, Gazette No. 18731]
  • Commencement date of remaining sections of the Act: 1 December 1998 [Proc. 112, Gazette No. 19453]

As amended by:

  • Government Notice R195, Government Gazette 20933. Commencement date: 25 February 2000.
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 11 of 2002 - Gazette No. 23539, No 847. Commencement date: 1 August 2002 [Proc. No. 60, Gazette No. 23610]
  • Intelligence Services Act 65 of 2002 – Gazette No. 24390, no. 236. Commencement date: 20 February 2003 [Proc. No. 10, Gazette No. 24475]
  • Electronic Communications Security (Pty) Ltd Act 68 of 2002 – Gazette No. 24356, No. 189. Commencement date: 28 February 2003 [Proc. No. 17, Gazette No. 25003]
  • General Intelligence Laws Amendment Act 52 of 2003 – Gazette No. 25961, No. 83. Commencement date: 28 February 2003 (see section 26(4))
  • Skills Development Amendment Act 37 of 2008 – Gazette No. 31666, No. 1292. Commencement date: 6 April 2009 [Government Notice 409, Gazette No. 32105]
  • General Intelligence Laws Amendment Act 11 of 2013 – Gazette No. 36695, No. 528, dated 23 July 2013. Commencement date: 29 July 2013 [Proc. No. 32, Gazette No. 36714, dated 29 July 2013]
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act 20 of 2013 – Government Notice 987 in Government Gazette 37139 dated 9 December 2013. Commencement date: 1 September 2014 [Proc. No. 60, Gazette No. 37955].

  

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