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Labour Law


In an increasingly competitive business environment, it is vital that a company is able to attract and retain the best employees. This requires a pro-active approach to managing and meeting workforce expectations and also requires an open and innovative approach to re-sourcing businesses.

Coetzee Attorneys will advise on all aspects of employment law from labour legislation relating to employment and dismissals (including retrenchments) to labour requirements and dispute resolution.

Our experience in the area of dispute resolution spans through private and statutory forums, including bargaining councils, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, the civil and labour courts and the pension fund adjudicator.

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  • all aspects of unfair dismissal disputes (including dismissals in respect of misconduct, poor work performance, incapacity and operational requirements);
  • retrenchments;
  • prosecuting and defending breach of restraint of trade undertakings, unlawful competition and confidentiality provisions;
  • discrimination in the workplace;
  • unfair labour practices;
  • collective labour issues and collective labour bargaining;
  • preliminary advices on strikes and lock outs;
  • negotiations with union representatives;
  • employment transfers in the context of Section 197 and Section 197A of the Labour Relations Act;
  • pension fund and provident fund issues and disputes in respect of the implementing of employee share options schemes;
  • compliance with the necessary labour legislation which includes but is not limited to the Employment Equity Act, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act;
  • drafting employment policies, manuals and codes;
  • drafting of executive, standard, fixed term and temporary employment agreements;
  • drafting restraint of trade and confidentiality agreements;
  • drafting independent contractor agreements and letters of employment;
  • assisting an employer with enforcing disciplinary procedures within a company or business including the conduct of disciplinary enquiries and arbitrations as well as chairing disciplinary hearings;
  • defending or instituting claims in the CCMA as well as certain Bargaining Councils;
  • running labour court trials as well as defending or instituting appeals in the Labour Appeal Court.
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