Are You Having to Consider Short-Time, Lay-Offs or Retrenchments following the Lockdown?

Businesses in South Africa are now under more pressure than ever before, following the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown.  The lockdown restrictions have cut off income for many companies and as a result, the implementation of short-time, lay-offs and even retrenchments may need to be considered as means of survival. 

Legislation regulating these processes requires that specific procedures be adhered to.  These legal requirements can often prove daunting to employers, particularly those who have never implemented short-time, lay-offs or retrenchments before or who have not had to for some time.

Gordon Angus and Associates has run a number of webinars to guide employers through the legislative requirements of the Labour Relations Act and other applicable laws.

Topics covered

  • Effective implementation of short-time
  • Implementing a Lay-Off: What is required by law?
  • Implementation of retrenchments
    • The meaning of operational requirements
    • Substantive fairness: Reasons for operational requirements dismissals
    • Procedural fairness:
      • Large-scale vs small-scale retrenchments: which applies to me?
      • Notification requirements
      • The consultation process:
        • The timing of the consultation
        • Who needs to be consulted?
        • What topics need to be discussed?
        • Information disclosure: What information am I legally required to disclose (legally privileged/confidential information)?
        • Consideration of representations
      • Selection criteria: What is considered to be fair?
      • Severance pay: What is this process going to cost?
      • CCMA facilitation: When is this applicable and is it effective?
      • What are my obligations around re-employment following a retrenchment?
  • Resolution of disputes


The course is facilitated by Gordon Angus. Gordon has over 17 years’ experience in industrial relations and has successfully guided many companies with their implementation of strategies to address both short-term and long-term financial difficulties over the years. 

Chloe Hoffmann and Gia Freese answer questions posed during the webinar. Chloe and Gia are both attorneys of the high court of South Africa specialising in labour.

Date and time: Should you require assistance in this regard we will run webinars on request or can provide you with individual advice and training

The webinars are run using Microsoft Teams, or, for participants who do not have Microsoft Teams, via the equivalent online platform. This means that you do not need to have Microsoft Teams to participate – simply connect via the link which will be emailed to you upon payment of the joining fee.

Fee per delegate (Ex VAT)