Article 14/2023

If the employer holds the viewpoint that it would never have employed an employee had it known about certain factors which the employee failed to disclose, what are the potential remedies for such an employer?

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  • If the employer operates in the public sector, then the following potential avenues exist:
    • an application to the labour court to set the employment contract aside
    • an application to the labour court to review the employer’s decision to appoint the employee
    • the institution of misconduct proceedings against the employee
    • but under no circumstances is the employer entitled to institute self-help like, for instance,
      suspension with or without pay

(MEC Eastern Cape and Another v Kirland Investments (Pty) Ltd 2014 (5) BCLR 547 (CC) and Chief Lesapo v North West Agricultural Bank and Another 2001 (1) SA 409 (CC))

  • On the other hand, if the employer operates within the private sector, the following potential
    avenues exist:

    • an application to the labour court in terms of s77(3) of the BCEA
    • the institution of misconduct proceedings
    • but under no circumstances it the employer entitled to self-help as set out above

On what basis will a client of a labour broker be held vicariously liable for the injuries suffered by an employee employed by a labour broker when such employee performs functions at the client’s workplace?

Is an employer vicariously liable where its employee is sexually harassed by a superior employee?

It is well-established that an employer is vicariously liable (faultlessly liable) for the wrong committed by an employee during the course/scope/sphere of employment (Feldman v Mall 1945 AD 733).