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concourtCity Press reports that labour brokers will have at least another year’s grace before the contentious “deeming” provision, which was introduced into labour law at the beginning of 2015, potentially shuts down a large part of their industry.  

A ruling by the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) last week struck down an influential 2015 labour court judgment by acting Judge Martin Brassey on the deeming question.  The LAC found that companies that use labour brokers were the sole "employer" of labour supplied (after three months’ employment) rather than that labour brokers and their clients were dual employers.  Craig Kirchmann for the Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector indicated that an appeal to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) was already being prepared.  Most importantly, merely filing this appeal would suspend last week’s judgment for at least another year.  Yet, Ruth Edmonds, attorney for the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), was more optimistic, saying it would likely be six months.  The potential fallout of an eventual ConCourt ruling against dual employer status would probably be a culling of temporary employment service companies.

  • Read this report by Dewald van Rensburg in full at City Press
  • Read Van Rensburg’s report in Afrikaans at Netwerk24 (limit on access)

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