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gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that according to the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL), the Occupational Health and Safety Act does not give employers a right to discipline employees who flout Covid-19 regulations outside of work.

The DEL was responding to comments made by a legal advisor. On Tuesday, Justin Hattingh of Strata-g Labour Solutions argued that employers could take disciplinary action if they have policies in place, or even health and safety-related misconduct offences, in their employment documentation. But, the department did not agree with the assertions by Hattingh and said this was not in the terms of the 1993 Occupational Health and Safety Act. But, the DEL did agree with Hattingh when he said “while employers are obligated under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to provide a safe and healthy working environment, staff members must also comply with those regulations and ensure they assist the employer in keeping everyone at the workplace safe and healthy”. The department did not however agree that when employers could prove employees had been reckless after hours and then exposed other employees at work, there could be a basis to act against them.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ernest Mabuza at TimesLIVE

Read too, Legal advisors say that, if policies are in place, employees can be disciplined for flouting Covid-19 regulations outside of work, at TimesLIVE


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