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parliamentBusinessLive reports that Parliament’s labour committee on Wednesday resolved to introduce an amendment bill to correct an error in the national minimum wage law that possibly leaves workers vulnerable to employers who intend to circumvent regulations.  

But, the committee emphasised that the pending amendment did not mean the new law was suspended.  The law came into force on 1 January 2019.  However, the 1 May 2017 “retrospective” implementation of a section that states it is an “unfair labour practice for an employer to unilaterally alter wages, hours of work or other conditions of employment in connection with the implementation of the national minimum wage”, ended up being cross-referenced to the wrong clause in the Act.  This means workers whose benefits or working conditions have been changed unilaterally in reaction to the new minimum wage law may have to wait until parliament fixes the error before they can take action against offending employers.  Furthermore, because of this error in the legislation, it is implied that payment of the minimum wage rate applies retrospectively to 1 May 2017.

  • Read Bekezela Phakathi’s full report on this story at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Minimum wage law to be amended, at SowetanLive


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