– by Nkosingiphile Ntshangase
Possessing labour law knowledge in a professional environment is beneficial for both the employer and employee. Through the use of labour laws, employers can create a peaceful relationship with their employees, which can help them reach their goals and create a positive work environment. Before the laws were enforced, workplaces were often rife with violations which is why the implementation of case law is relevant today when dealing with such matters.
On the 11th of May, UKZN Extended Learning hosted a ‘Case Law Update: What’s new in Labour Law?’ webinar that provided insight into our Certificate in Labour Law and Certificate in Advanced Labour Law programmes. Recent labour case law and its implications in the work environment were discussed in this session. Cases covering the vulnerability of women in the labour force, sexual harassment and misconduct, unfair discrimination or dismissal and intimidation were deliberated.
Labour laws are often referred to as the laws that help prevent or minimise employee dissatisfaction. They can also be used to resolve disputes and provide guidelines that can be used when dealing with employees. These laws are designed to protect the rights of employees and ensure that workers are treated respectfully. Having good knowledge about labour laws can therefore help you ensure that your employees and the organisation are protected. Through this initiative, companies can improve the productivity and quality of outputs from their employees.
There was a generally positive consensus amongst the delegates that attended the webinar on the relevance of the content when dealing with labour law matters in 2021. Many new precedents on common matters that have been brought forward due to COVID-19 were discussed.
“As a second-year student at the University of South Africa I found this webinar relevant to me and I wanted to learn from an expert on how to go about dealing with labour disputes.”, said Mr Mfumaneko Mzondi, a delegate on the webinar.
Overall, delegates found the session very informative and showed appreciation for the level of detail that was considered in the presentation from our facilitator.
This May and June, we are offering a mid-year sales promotion for any programme commencing in May or June 2021. And if you register for the Advanced Labour Law programme which is set to take place on the 21st of June, you will qualify for a 50% discount on the programme fee!
For more details on how you can take advantage of this offer, please click here.
You can also contact us directly for more information on the Certificate in Advanced Labour Law programme:
T: +27 31 260 1234