Andrew Levy Employment is a specialist labour law practice and advisory firm.
We are leaders in employment relations, labour market analysis, and economic forecasting. We provide high-level advisory services, educational seminars and training, and in-depth analysis in the broader labour market.
With over forty years of experience in dealing with and managing labour law and employment relations, Andrew Levy Consulting offers clients hands-on assistance with any labour related matter.
Our consulting services have been used by HR teams, executives, directors, shareholders and general managers for decades. Our pragmatic, solutions-focused approach continues to prove effective at resolving any labour related matter, allowing our clients to continuously improve their human capital strategy.
#015 Unemployment - Fixing SA's Broken Labour Market
With unemployment now at its highest level in years, the question on everyone’s lips is... "how this can be turned around?"
Andrew Levy discusses his views on the issue of radical labour market reform and the need for strong growth of around 5% over the next decade in order to bring about much needed job creation.
He advocates the scrapping of bargaining councils, the introduction of the strike ballot, and a statutory duty to bargain in good faith with penalties if not adhered to, as well as guidance around the area of union competition.
He recommends limited access to the CCMA depending on screening and length of service, coupled with an active and vigorous policy of awarding costs.
All this hinges of course on government buy-in and the creation of an enabling environment.
#014 Year-end Roundup - a look ahead to 2022
Join Andrew Levy as he touches on the important issues that arose during 2021 and those that await us in 2022.
With the dark COVID cloud still hovering above us the effect on the economy has been dramatic with employment, wages and earnings being the main casualties. Listen to Andrew as he discusses the issue of mandatory vaccination in the workplace. How this fits in with the rights enshrined in our Constitution and how you can safely handle those anti-vaxxers.
What is happening in the realm and direction of wage settlements?
Why we are surprisingly seeing more militant strikes in the current economic environment and why union strategies appear not to have changed in light of our fragile economy.
#013 Andrew Levy's Labour Law in Practice 2nd Revised Edition
This popular and practical guide for SA Employers, first published in 2010 has been updated in light of the many important developments in our labour law during the last decade.
These include the implementation of the national minimum wage, the changes with regard to labour brokers and fixed term contracts and the introduction of parental leave. It also includes a section on how to handle industrial action, the questions surrounding Covid-19 and the 4th Industrial Revolution. Written in Andrew’s inimitable style, interspersed with his hands-on Levy Laws, and case studies, it concludes with a useful decision making methodology that will enable employers to make better labour related decisions and avoid costly mistakes.
#012 Strike Spike 2021 4th quarter
Andrew provides an insightful commentary on the unexpected spate of strikes in the in the fourth quarter of 2021 at a time when the country experienced its highest level of unemployment and job loss – a direct result of the national lockdown - the restrictions surrounding the Covid pandemic and the additional cost incurred by many employers. What can be the motivation behind these strikes be and did they benefit the union and workers in terms of the outcome? Do workers have the same inclination to strike as unions? Have unions changed their negotiation strategies given the constraints experienced by employers and what can we expect in the months to come. And why is the Code of Good Practice : Collective Bargaining, industrial Action & Picketing so important, especially with regard to bargaining in good faith.
#011 Compelling an employee to vaccinate - is it a Yes or No?
Can you compel an employee to have the Covid vaccination?
Find out what Andrew has to say about this topical and sensitive issue.
How South Africa’s Constitution balances the rights of both the employer and the employee. And how the clause with regard to the limitations of these rights goes even further in terms of bypassing some of these protections in the light of higher ideals such as protecting the environment. If an employee decides not be vaccinated, what is the situation with regard to the employer who needs to provide a safe working environment? And finally the question of whether you can suspend and ultimately dismiss an employee for refusing to vaccinate and how you can fairly go about this.
#010 Violence and Harassment - Another burden for the employer?
Draft Code on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment with Sarah Levy (Levy Africa Network)
Understanding the New Draft Code on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work and the five significant changes that are introduced into South African labour law including the bringing together of violence including gender based violence with harassment and a broader list of those who can be perpetrators and victims of sexual harassment. Andrew and Sarah discuss the significant expansions brought about by the introduction of the concept of the world of work, as well as the impact of technology and social media in perpetuating and covering up harassment. Sarah then goes on to discuss the introduction of bullying into the code, and distinguishes it from mobbing.