Summary Suspensions in Employment Law – Long or right?

By |2021-06-15T14:23:43+01:00June 15th, 2021|Labour Law, Labour Law, Litigation|

The current position in our law is, accordingly, that where an employee is suspended for precautionary reasons (i.e. in that the employer was concerned that the employee’s continued presence in the workplace would provide him/her with the opportunity to interfere with potential witnesses and/or to destroy pertinent evidence) the employer is under no obligation to afford the employee a pre-suspension hearing before affecting the suspension.

The consequences of the Cybercrimes Act on Social Media (ab)use

By |2021-06-14T08:45:05+01:00June 10th, 2021|Cyber Crime and Insurance, ICT Law, Social Media law|

The Cybercrimes Act (the Act) focuses mainly on criminalising the interference with computer systems and data, which is described in more detail in Andrew Marshall’s article on the subject. However, the Act also has bearing on the way we use (and often abuse) social media which will have an impact on the general public. What you share on social media platforms, including WhatsApp and WhatsApp groups, could now land you in jail if we consider the sections relating to “malicious communications” in the Act.

Cybercrimes Act

By |2021-06-14T08:46:16+01:00June 10th, 2021|ICT Law, Social Media law|

The Cybercrimes Act has finally been signed into law by the President. The purpose of the Act is to bring South Africa into line with international jurisprudence on the detection and prosecution of crimes which are either specific to computers, or which are perpetrated using computers. This is a very brief summary of the sections of the Act that may interest our clients.

When your neighbour decides to renovate: what are your rights?

By |2021-05-06T11:19:14+01:00May 6th, 2021|Litigation, Regulatory Law, Uncategorised|

If your neighbour is building at the early hours of the morning or on your (supposed-to-be) serene Sundays and he is not able to prove that any of the requisite exceptions to the regulations apply, certain remedies become available to you as an affected party. Such relief is based in terms of the relevant By-laws in your area, such as the City of Cape Town’s Municipal Planning By-law and the Streets, Public Places and Prevention of Noise Nuisance By-law which is exclusively applicable to the City.

A closer look at polygraph testing in employment disputes

By |2021-05-05T12:45:33+01:00May 5th, 2021|Labour Law, Litigation, Uncategorised|

Employers are cautioned against using the results of polygraph tests as the sole basis for disciplining an employee. The probative value of polygraph testing remains open ended, and its reliability, if any, is to be determined by the courts on a case-by-case basis and in conjunction with expert and / or further corroborating evidence.

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