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Is there a duty on employees to "snitch" on their fellow colleagues if they become aware they are committing workplace misconduct or crime?

7th November 2018 The subject heading above is all but related to a difficult concept of "derivative misconduct", which lies in an employee’s failure to offer reasonable assistance to an employer to disclose information about individuals, the wrongdoers, who are responsible for the primary misconduct. Derivative... 

Euthanasia – My life, my choice?

4th October 2018 Euthanasia, with its etymology rooted in the Greek language, meaning "good death", is a contentious as well as paramount conversation that needs to be had in South Africa. Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing, can be defined as "the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by... 

Rights of minority trade unions in the workplace

20th September 2018 On 23 August 2018 the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) delivered another seminal judgment regarding rights of minority trade unions in the workplace. This was after an application instituted by POPCRU, a majority trade union of employees in the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), wherein it... 

Hogan Lovells announces new Chairman of South Africa practice

19th September 2018 Hogan Lovells is delighted to announce the appointment of Nkonzo Hlatshwayo as the new Chairperson of its South African practice, effective as of 1 October.   Traditionally the South African legal industry appoints Chairs rather than Office Managing Partners. The firm's South African practice... 

Business and human rights – what is the relevance to the energy and natural resources sector?

5th July 2018 Business related human rights impacts occur more frequently in the extractive sector than in any other. Further, it is estimated that over two thirds of business related human rights impacts occur in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, according to research carried out by the United... 

Considering the ownership element of the Draft Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry 2018

22nd June 2018 The long-awaited draft Broad-based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018 was published on Friday, 15 June 2018, following ongoing engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, including the Minerals Council of South Africa (previously the Chamber of...