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Prasa CEO demands R14m backpay

Vindicated Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) group CEO Zolani Matthews is ready to return to work but is demanding more than R14m in remuneration and benefits for the period that he was unlawfully dismissed.

Motor association wins restraint of trade battle

The Motor Industry Staff Association (Misa) has won a restraint of trade dispute on behalf of five of its members after the employer could not prove they had access to confidential information or trade secrets that had to be protected.

Restraint of trade bid rejected on ‘hearsay evidence’

A restraint of trade legal dispute between cleaning companies got dirty in the Johannesburg Labour Court, says a Pretoria News report.

Woolworths sick note ruling raises the bar on evidence

A recent judgment by the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) has raised the bar for companies to provide evidence of employees fabricating sick notes to justify their dismissal, reports BusinessLIVE.

631 Vodacom workers fired for alleged fraud

Vodacom dismissed 631 workers and contractors for fraud in the year to end-March after the mobile communications group investigated more than 8 000 cases, says Business Day report.

Post Office BRPs pay severance packages

The SA Post Office’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) have paid the first tranche of severance packages to 4 512 retrenched employees earlier than the initially envisaged end-June, reports BusinessLIVE.

Coca-Cola layoffs were justified

The Labour Appeal Court has endorsed the retrenchment of scores of workers by soft drink giant Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in response to the introduction of a sugar tax causing it operating losses.

Dismissal for not wearing Covid-19 mask ‘unfair’

A dismissal should not be an expression of moral outrage or an act of vengeance, but rather a sensible operational response to risk management in the enterprise, the Johannesburg Labour Court said in a case where a worker was fired at the height of Covid-19 for not wearing his mask.

Ster-Kinekor to lay off 236 workers

Just two years after exiting business rescue, Ster-Kinekor has announced plans to lay off 236 employees and close up to nine of its cinemas in Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape.

Municipality spends R55m on R700k dispute

Gauteng’s Emfuleni Local Municipality has allegedly spent more than R55m on four law firms in a futile labour dispute with an employee, which has lasted over five years.

No trade secrets, so restraint claims dismissed

G4S Security Solutions has lost a Johannesburg Labour Court application seeking to have one of its former managers barred from working for a competitor.

Sky-high legal fees for director’s disciplinary hearing

The City of Cape Town has hired top lawyers for the disciplinary hearing against the suspended executive director responsible for waste management, Luzuko Mdunyelwa, including two senior counsel and a senior attorney.

Alleged irregular Transnet salary hikes under scrutiny

Alleged illegal salary package increments and irregular appointments at the behest of senior managers are under scrutiny at the crisis-plagued Transnet, reports The Citizen.

Probe unearths flaws in university execs' high pay

An inquiry by the Council for Higher Education (CHE) into the remuneration of university vice-chancellors has laid bare weaknesses in how the institutions remunerate their executives, warning that pay is often not linked to performance.

Fake qualifications scar Summit Africa boss

A prominent investment company – which manages R1.6bn in assets from Telkom and some municipal pension funds, as well as Alexforbes and a UK Government financier – has been rocked by a fake qualification controversy, says a Fin24 report.

Former top policeman's arbitration hearing deemed 'unfair'

A judgment delivered in the Labour Court in Cape Town this week found former policeman Jeremy Vearey, a major-general who was fired from the service in 2021, ostensibly for using the words ‘moer hulle’ on social media, was the subject of an unfair arbitration hearing following his dismissal.

Legal threat over SABC’s plans to cut rerun fees

The SABC now wants to stop paying fees for rebroadcasts which will deprive thousands of actors and writers of income from reruns.

Judge upholds employee's claim of constructive dismissal

An application by WesBank to review and set aside an arbitration award that found it guilty of unfairly dismissing a long-serving employee by making his continued employment intolerable has been dismissed by the Labour Court in Cape Town.

Leoka fired by President's council as woes pile up

President Cyril Ramaphosa has axed disgraced economist Thabi Leoka from his Presidential Economic Advisory Council.

VAT liability issues raised in EU case

It has been compulsory since 2017 for non-executive directors in SA to register for VAT once their fees exceed the R1m threshold.

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