Labour law (also known as labor law or employment law) mediates the relationship between workers, employing entities, trade unions and the government. Collective labour law relates to the tripartite relationship between employee, employer and union. Individual labour law concerns employees’ rights at work and through the contract for work. Employment standards are social norms (in some cases also technical standards) for the minimum socially acceptable conditions under which employees or contractors are allowed to work. Government agencies enforce labour law (legislative, regulatory, or judicial).
The basic feature of labour law in almost every country is that the rights and obligations of the worker and the employer are mediated through a contract of employment between the two. Many contract terms and conditions are covered by legislation or common law.
Why labor law is important?
Labor laws clarify and codify business owners’ obligations to their employees. The labor movement has a long history of lobbying for laws that protect worker’s rights, improve worker safety, prevent child labor and increase workers’ bargaining power relative to their employers. While labor laws might seem like a bureaucratic hassle for your business, these laws help keep your employees safe, healthy and happy, and satisfied employees tend to be more productive.
How we can help you?
The services we provide may be broadly categorized as:
- Labour litigation;
- Drafting agreements and contracts of employment;
- Advice on the labour implications of acquisitions and mergers;
- Advice on retrenchment and rationalization;
- Advice on alternative means of dispute resolution, including mediations and arbitration, and the formulation of strategies in respect of strikes, lock-outs and other forms of industrial action;
- Institution of proceedings in the Industrial Court;
- Advice on unfair labour practices;
- Advise on statutorily based employment conditions and minimum standards.