Activists want government to do more to register domestic workers

Three years after the landmark Concourt ruling, very little has changed with their access to compensation By Kimberly Mutandiro It’s been three years since the Constitutional Court’s landmark ruling for domestic workers to be covered by the provisions of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA). But activists say very little has changed for most workers. According to...

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Sex workers march to Lamola’s office over decriminalisation bill

The bill has been sent back to be revised after the state’s legal advisors flagged serious shortfalls By Chris Gilili Sex workers and activists marched to the Department of Justice in Pretoria on Thursday. They were demanding that government fast-track and finalise a bill to decriminalise sex work. The draft bill is being revised after the state’s legal advisors flagged serious...

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Do I lose my UIF unemployment benefits if I claim sickness benefits?

The short answer Each time you claim benefits, the UIF cycle stops and then starts again when you return to work and resume paying UIF contributions. The whole question Dear Athalie I worked at a retail store from 2012 to 2022. I got sick in 2019 and was unable to work, so I claimed sickness benefits for three months. After I got dismissed...

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Can I reopen my worker’s compensation case if I was retrenched after being injured on duty?

The short answer If your injury happened less than two years ago, your injury on duty case should still be open. The whole question Dear Athalie I was injured on duty, but now I have been retrenched because I cannot do my work properly. The doctor says I may have to use crutches or a wheelchair. Can I reopen my worker's compensation case? The long answer An injury...

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Was I wrong for stopping my domestic worker’s UIF contributions when she applied for a SASSA grant?

The short answer You are supposed to pay UIF contributions until your employee stops working for you. The whole question Dear Athalie In April 2021, my domestic worker applied for a SASSA older person's grant. I then stopped contributing to her UIF because she would not be able to claim the benefits once she started receiving the grant. She kept working and officially retired...

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Domestic workers urge Ramaphosa to sign compensation bill into law

The legislation was sent to the president more than two months ago 2 December 2022 | By Chris Gilili Domestic workers were excluded from claiming for compensation for work injuries until the Constitutional Court ruled in 2020 that a section of the Compensation Act was invalid. The amendment bill correcting this was sent to the President in September this year but has not...

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Are domestic workers eligible for state pension or is it the employer’s responsibility?

The short answer Domestic workers are eligible for UIF and state pension. The whole question Dear Athalie Our domestic worker has resigned after nine-and-a-half-years' full-time work. She is 65 and has arthritis and diabetes. We haven't been contributing to her UIF because we thought she would get a state pension and couldn't get both. What do we do? Should we backpay her UIF and...

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Thousands of farm workers face eviction with the end of the National State of Disaster, activists warn

Women on Farms march against evictions in the Western Cape 27 April 2022 | By Liezl Human Farm worker evictions are likely to spike with the end of the National State of Disaster, Women on Farms (WFP) has warned. WFP said when cases already on the court roll were processed, thousands of workers and their families would be evicted. About 100 women marched...

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Concourt limits interdicts against strikers

An employer cannot interdict striking workers as a group if some of those on strike commit violence By Geoffrey Allsop The Constitutional Court has ruled that an employer cannot interdict striking workers as a group if some of those on strike commit violence To allow a broad interdict without proving that specific people in the group acted unlawfully would infringe on...

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What procedures need to be followed when submitting a Review Application with the Labour Court?

The short answer Review Applications must be initiated within six weeks of the award from the CCMA. The whole question Dear Athalie My case was at the CCMA until September. On 21 October, the CCMA found in favour of my employer, so now I want to take the matter to the Labour Court for review. I already have the case number but I'm...

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