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Employment law - legal advice, South Africa

Employment law, South Africa

Good employee relations are a vital part of your business’s success. Eversheds Sutherland’s labor and employment practices offer an integrated and coordinated service, tailored to your needs. We are on hand to deliver the best advice on managing your company’s most important assets – the people who make it work.

Our Employment team works closely with you to understand your business and the commercial implications of strategic decisions. Our integrated team works across South Africa with extensive experience of managing cross-border issues. With three offices located in Johannesburg and Durban, our dedicated lawyers set the standard for the local knowledge required to guide you through the most complex matters, offering practical solutions and delivering real results.

We offer advice in the following areas:

  • benefits and compensation, recruitment, hiring, discipline and termination
  • model employment contracts and service agreements for separate international jurisdictions
  • all types of employment litigation including discrimination
  • the individual employment relationship
  • basic conditions of employment
  • disciplinary investigations
  • dealing with grievances
  • poor performance hearings
  • dismissals for misconduct
  • CCMA and Bargaining Council appearances
  • all aspects of retrenchment
  • due diligence exercises, closures, mergers, sales of businesses and transfers
  • collective labour law, including strikes, lock-outs and collective agreements
  • dealing with trade unions
If you would like any further information or advice on employment law, contact our legal team.

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Consumer protection, South Africa
Businesses are required to comply with extensive laws and regulations designed to protect consumers. Our substantial regulatory experience can help provide you with pragmatic and innovative methods to ensure you can deal with all aspects of consumer law issues quickly and effectively.

Our consumer service offers a wide range of support, including:

review marketing information (including information contained on websites) to ensure it complies with consumer protection laws, especially in highly regulated areas such as financial services
structure business arrangements involving sales to consumers to comply with the extensive and overlapping laws and regulations in this area
advise on potential liabilities to consumers and private rights of action
advise on data protection and data privacy requirements with respect to the use of personally identifiable information and other data protected by privacy laws
advise on returns policies offered to consumers both in-store and online
negotiate settlements with attorneys general or consumer protection agencies
conducting due diligence in corporate acquisitions, in compliance with consumer law
advising on all elements of e-commerce, including cooling-off periods, online terms and conditions and website terms of use
offering advice and support where businesses face challenges from individual consumers or regulators
advice and seminars on the law relating to the protection of the consumers and consumer rights
If you would like any further information or need advice on consumer law, contact our legal team.