28 May 2021
Your conduct over the weekend, could possibly cost you your job during the week. According to Justin Hattingh, Senior Legal Advisor at Strata-G Labour Solutions, employers can discipline employees who ignore Covid19 regulations outside of work.
“While employers are obligated under the Occupational Health and Safety OSH Act to provide a safe and healthy working environment, staff members must also comply to those regulations and ensure that they assist the employer in keeping everyone at the workplace safe and healthy,” says Hattingh.
25 March 2021
Afterhours misconduct does not justify firing The department of employment and labour says the Occupational Health and Safety Act does not give employers a right to discipline employees who flout Covid19 regulations outside of work. The department was responding to comments by a legal advisor who said employers can discipline workers who flout rules outside of work if they have relevant policies in place.
On Tuesday labour expert Justin Hattingh, a senior legal advisor at Stratag Labour Solutions, said employers can exercise this liberty if they have policies in place. The department did not agree with the assertions by Hattingh.
27 March 2021
You can be suspended or fired from work if you do not adhere to Covid19 regulations even outside of work hours. This is because of the risk of causing severe illness or death for colleagues or reputational damage for the company that employs you.
This week, the question over whether employers could dismiss their employees for Covid19related conduct or misconduct away from the workplace and out of working hours, was raised by StrataG Labour Solutions senior legal adviser Justin Hattingh, who said employees who flouted Covid19 regulations could face being disciplined or even dismissed.
25 March 2021
The Occupational Health and Safety Act does not give employers a right to discipline employees who flout Covid19 regulations outside of work, the department of employment and labour says.
The department was responding to comments by a legal adviser, who said employers could discipline workers who flouted rules outside of work if they had relevant policies in place.
On Tuesday, labour expert Justin Hattingh, a senior legal adviser at Stratag Labour Solutions, said employers could ex ercise this liberty if they had policies in place, or even health and safetyrelated misconduct offences, in their employment documentation.