As the lockdown in South Africa is eased and businesses start to re-open, ensuring the health and safety of employees and members of the public will be of paramount importance.

Government has introduced various regulatory measures with the hope of achieving this goal, many of which have important implications for employers.

In combination, these regulatory measures present a potential minefield of confusing requirements. They also place a number of obligations on employers, with severe consequences for failure to comply.

To help our clients overcome this challenge, we have compiled a ‘Return to Work Pack’, which provides the full suite of the documents required to comply with the Minister of Employment and Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety Direction, which is binding on all employers eligible to resume operations amid the pandemic.

The pack caters for small, medium and large enterprises and is available electronically, with downloadable access. It contains the following documents:

  • List of Essential and Permitted Services
  • Summary of the OHS Directive
  • Alert level 4 Regulations
  • The draft Workplace Plan
  • The draft Policy (for employers with more than 500 employees)
  • The Appointment letter for the Compliance Officer
  • The Appointment letter for the Compliance Employee
  • Remote Working Indemnity Letter

The total once-off cost of the pack is ZAR 8 000 plus VAT. To take advantage of this offer, send an email to [email protected].

Compliance is not the only issue at stake now. A safe return to work is paramount in determining the survival of some businesses and the rebuilding of our economy. Getting it right is of the utmost importance.

We wish you well in these difficult times and are here to help with these or any other issues you may have. Please contact the head of our Employment and Benefits Practice, Lusanda Raphulu to discuss your requirements in more detail.

A repository housing all the ‘value-add’ information we have compiled for clients regarding COVID-19 across our geographical footprint is available here.