Short-Time, Lay-Offs & Retrenchment Workshop

Postponed due to the lockdown regulations. Please watch this page for new dates

Businesses are now under more pressure than ever before.  Difficult economic times, coupled with the introduction of a national minimum wage that have led to unsustainably high labour costs, the dire effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the latest downgrade by Moody’s, means that 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 will be running a one-day workshop to guide employers through the legislative requirements of the Labour Relations Act and other applicable laws as soon as the State of Disaster is over.

Topics to be covered

  • Effective implementation of short-time
  • Implementing a Lay-Off: What is required by law?
  • 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 dismissal of strikers


The course will be facilitated by Gordon Angus and Chloe Hoffmann. Gordon has over 16 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 received her Bachelor of Arts degree and LLB with distinction from Rhodes University and, thereafter, went on to complete a Master’s of Law degree at Wits University, which she received Cum Laude in 2016.  During her studies, she received numerous awards, including the Shirley Ritchie Award for best female student entering the final LLB year, the Brian Peckham Memorial Prize as the best student in Environmental Law, the Phatshoane Henney Incorporated medal awarded for obtaining an LLB degree with distinction, and the Rhodes Investec Top 100 for academic excellence. Chloe completed her articles at the Wits Law Clinic, where she worked closely with labour attorneys and gained invaluable experience in labour law and representing clients in labour disputes.

Date and Venue

To be announced: at the Birchwood Hotel& OR Tambo Conference Centre, Viewpoint Road, Boksburg.

or: Please contact us to schedule an in-house workshop.


08h00 Registration, tea and coffee 

08h30 Start 

10h30Tea break 

12h30 Lunch

15h00Afternoon tea break


 Fee per delegate

R3 600 ex VAT

R2900 ex VAT if you are member of SAEFA

In House : R7800 ex VAT per day up to 10 participants plus R300 ex VAT per additional person

 For more information or to make a booking, please contact:

Gordon at

Chloe at