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Labour Laws Amendment Act Sections in Effect

January 7, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

7 January 2019

Sections 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 of the Labour Laws Amendment Act came into effect on 1 January 2020.

The proclamation was published in Government Gazette 42925 during December 2019.

The act seeks to introduce amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Unemployment Insurance Act.

The Labour Laws Amendment Act aims to:


• amend the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997, so as to insert new definitions;
• correct an obsolete reference to an Act;
• provide for parental, adoption and commissioning parental leave to employees;
• provide that a collective agreement may not reduce an employee’s entitlement to parental, adoption or commissioning parental leave;
• amend the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001, so as to provide for the right to claim parental and commissioning parental benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund;
• provide for the application for, and the payment of, parental and commissioning parental benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund;
• correct an obsolete reference to an Act;
• provide that the number of contributors to whom parental and commissioning parental benefits were paid and the amount of such payments be included in the written report from the Director-General to the Minister; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

The sections focus on parental, adoption and commissioning parental leave.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 42902, the labour department announced that the Compensation Fund is undertaking a process to cleanse pensions data from the 1st September 2019.

“The process will assist the Fund to identify and eliminate fraudulent/invalid pensions as well as to improve the integrity of pension’s data.”

Pensioners are called upon to update their information with the Fund to avoid termination.

In Gazette 42903, the department announced that the period of operation of the main collective agreement of the National Bargaining Council for the Hairdressing Cosmetology Beauty and Skincare Industry has been extended from 1 January 2020 until 30 June 2020.