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COVID-19: Property transactions, the Deed’s Office and the Master’s Office during lockdown

By |2020-04-01T15:38:46+01:00April 1st, 2020|Commercial Property Law, Property Law|

Previous articles have been published by us advising on the impact of COVID-19 and the national lockdown on our daily lives, including that on business and legal practitioners. This article focuses on  how the lockdown will affect property transactions as well as the administration of estates.

Labour Law Update – The Temporary Employer Relief Scheme:

By |2020-03-29T15:10:01+01:00March 29th, 2020|Commercial Law, Labour Law, Litigation|

On Thursday, 26 March 2020, the Minister for Employment and Labour, Thembelani Nxesi, issued a Directive entitled ‘Covid- l9 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme, 2020’ to the general public (the “Directive”). The underlying rationale for the issuing of the Directive is founded on the immense impact the President’s declaration of a national lockdown, and the Regulations imposed in terms of section 27(3) of the Disaster Management Act, have had on the continued trading and commercial viability of especially small to medium enterprises and those entities whose businesses operations are considered to be ‘non-essential’.

Working from Home – Some Legal Concerns

By |2020-03-20T15:48:26+00:00March 20th, 2020|Commercial Law, ICT Law, Labour Law|

During the current COVID-19 crisis, many employers will have chosen to allow their employees to work from home. While most employers already have a communications policy that regulates how employees use communications infrastructure in the workplace, it is important to bear a few points in mind when many or most employees are working remotely.

Covid-19: Health and safety in the workplace

By |2020-03-23T07:26:05+00:00March 20th, 2020|Health & Safety Law, Labour Law|

The Occupational Safety and Health Act, No. 85 of 1993 (“the Act”) aims to ensure the wellbeing, health and safety of employees in the workplace. In light of the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to consider the effects the spread of the virus may have on the South African employer and specifically the risk the virus poses to employees in the workplace. In this regard, section 8 of the Act is of importance as it sets out the duties that employers owe to their employees and is discussed below