Invitation to attend “LABOUR LAW CRASH COURSE” 17 May 2017



VENUE: Pine Lodge Conference Centre Knysna Road, George.

DURATION: HALF DAY 08h30-14h00

R450 per participant. Morning Tea/coffee included.


Enquiries and Bookings email:

Telephone: 083 700 3134 


*Basic principles applicable to the employment relationship and rights/duties of both parties with focus on management prerogatives. (If you know the basics of labour law, the rest is easier to understand.)

* Practical discipline: the balance between meeting legal requirements and saving management time / avoiding disputes. How to settle disputes fully and finally, avoiding costly (and risky!) legal procedures.

* Disciplinary hearings : practical guidelines and latest tips for management: when are hearings not required; the role of different participants in the hearing. How to prepare, questioning, cross questioning and the sequence of events at the hearing; how to prove a balance of probabilities; Practical hearing checklists; the actual conducting of an ideal hearing focusing on doing what is right and fair without wasting management time.

*Formal v Informal discipline : how to save time without making costly mistakes.

*The effect of disciplinary warnings in practice, validity periods and assessing severity.

*The importance of flexibility: procedural and substantive fairness.

* What does “inconsistency” mean in labour law and how to approach this.

* How to use suspension correctly.

*Trouble shooting : desertion, demotion, suspension, fixed term contracts, constructive dismissal, misuse of sick notes, the validity of traditional healers certificates, incapacity, incompetence, incompatibility, poor performance, intoxication, dishonesty, gross negligence, polygraphs, sexual-harassment etc.

*Union interaction : management tips.

*Strike handling – the latest tactics to protect management.

*Recent changes to labour legislation and the effect of this from a management perspective; the use of temporary (fixed term) contracts and labour brokers;

* Management friendly employment contracts.

*The consequences of incorrect action: how to avoid getting into time- and money-consuming dispute mechanisms of Bargaining Councils/CCMA/Labour Court.

* The potential impact of hate speech on employers. (Presented by *Adv Jacques Du Preez) 

NOTE :      This is a fast moving, practical and compact presentation!

The presentation will be in English and Afrikaans.

A well structured, comprehensive work book for future reference, draft “employer friendly” employment contracts (Both permanent- and fixed term incorporating the latest legal requirements), and a fixed term contract policy and procedure are included. Comprehensive, workbooks will be given to participants.


Senior- and middle management, HR employees, consultants, attorneys and labour law advisors. The number of participants will be limited in order to allow effective participation.


R450 per participant. Morning Tea/coffee included.


Simply email the details of intended participants and their details to: as soon as possible but by latest 8 May 2017.

An invoice for the registration fee shall be submitted in due course.

Tel enquiries: 0837003134

Dr.Lukas Du Preez is a well-known management consultant with more than 35 years experience in labour law,  consulting exclusively for management across industry throughout South Africa. He is a practicing Advocate and holds a doctorate in labour law.

*Adv. Jacques Du Preez is a member of the National Bar Council of SA and practices as Advocate in Cape Town. He holds an LLM in labour – and constitutional law.

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