The Legal Protective Veil of the Workplace

1st August 2022

UKZN Extended Learning

– by Nkosingiphile Ntshangase

In the past, labour laws were based on personal ethics rather than formally codified. As a result, labour laws were largely absent before they were enacted, leaving workers with unfair treatment in many workplaces. Thankfully, those days are over now that labour laws have been implemented, which can be attributed to advances in legal practice over the years. Various laws protect not only employees, but employers also have more vigorous laws protecting them as well.

On the 25th of July, UKZN Extended Learning commenced its Certificate in Advanced Labour Law programme. Professor Tamara Cohen dissected topics surrounding the awareness of the South African legal framework, hierarchy, various Acts addressing labour relations, social security, and relevant regulations relating to the various stakeholders in upholding labour laws in the workplace. This information is imperative for every citizen to understand, regardless of their profession.

To further emphasise the importance of being legally informed in the workplace, one of the delegates present, Ms Kubashni Ramanjalu (Process and Quality Assurance Manager, Jasco) stated:

“It is quite conflicting when you look at the legislations and codes of good practice. So, finding where the law falls in such way that it does not prejudice towards the employee is needed.”

Labour laws aim to ensure that workers are treated fairly in the workplace and that their rights are protected. Labour laws make it possible to resolve issues effectively, without conflict, while preventing employee dissatisfaction.

Social security can only be achieved with an appropriate legal framework in the workplace. If an employee’s rights are violated, a legal framework will establish entitlements transparently and clearly and allow them to seek redress. Furthermore, it will facilitate access to social protection and ensure equality of treatment by protecting people from unpredictable decision-making.

Labour law encompasses a wide range of issues. The vast number of rules and regulations can be confusing and cause financial losses for both employees and employers because of uncertainty, confusion, and adding an unnecessary financial burden. As a result, employees and employers must become familiar with the labour laws impacting the employer-employee relationship. As an individual in leadership or a business owner, being knowledgeable about labour laws ensures the company’s and its employee’s protection. Employees and employers may suffer severe consequences if the appropriate course of action is not followed

The next intake for our Certificate in Advanced Labour Law is the 24th of October 2022. If you would like to find out more information about the programme, please click here.

You can also contact us directly for more information on this programme:

Nokwanda Mokoena

T: +27 31 260 1234