The COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) outbreak has been labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (“WHO”). It is found to be highly contagious, deadly and has caused panic and disarray worldwide.
On 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day lockdown in South Africa starting from midnight on Thursday, March 26 until midnight on Thursday, April 16.
As a result of the continued rise in the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, employers have commenced putting in place measures to prepare for the far-reaching consequences that the pandemic is going to have on the global economy.
Experts are of the view that the coronavirus outbreak has taken a heavy toll on South Africa’s economy and shall continue to have severe and harsh impact on industries such as tourism, mining, transport, construction, hospitality and retail. This comes at a time where the country has been battling with economic crisis for nearly 10 years. From a sluggish growth, mass unemployment, deteriorating public finance to power outages.
In the light of the above, South African employers are encouraged to act to act swiftly and decisively in order to ensure the continuity and survival of their businesses. As labour law experts, we can provide you with comprehensive legal advice and assistance pertaining to employment laws in view of our current state of affairs.
Below are some of the questions that employers are battling with:
Our labour lawyers have the relevant skill, expertise and experience to guide you in the right direction when it comes to labour law matters.
As we encourage citizens to remain indoors during this lockdown, we have put measures in place to ensure that we provide efficient, accurate and accessible legal services remotely. Contact us today to get assistance on your matter.