Article 19/2021

Labour Edge

The scenario is as follows: an employer and employee conclude a retention bonus agreement.  The employer is in non-compliance with certain material aspects of such agreement.  The employee has not accepted such breaches.  Until when is the employer entitled to retract its position?

Traditionally it is said that repudiation is only ‘completed’ or rendered ‘absolute’ or ‘definite’ by its acceptance by the innocent party. Until there has been such acceptance the repudiation may be nullified or undone by the unilateral act of the innocent party (rejection of the repudiation) or the repudiator him-or herself (retraction of the repudiation). A repudiation is also said to lapse if it is not acted upon by the innocent party within a reasonable time.


To what extent is the practice manual of the labour court binding on all parties and the labour court?

The institution of review proceedings does not suspend the operation of an arbitration award unless security is furnished to the satisfaction of the court in terms of s145(8) of the LRA.  On what basis did the labour appeal court recently resolve the conflict between various labour court judgments interpreting the stay of enforcement of arbitration awards pending review proceedings?

What are the requirements to be met for s158(1)(c) of the LRA to be applicable (dealing with the jurisdiction of the labour court) to make an arbitration award or settlement agreement an order of court?