Considering Short-Time, Lay-Offs or Retrenchments?

South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

23 July 2018

Are You Having to Consider Short-Time, Lay-Offs or Retrenchments in 2018?

The metal and engineering industry is now under more pressure than ever before, following the commodities slump of a few years ago, felt particularly hard in this sector.  Coupled with collective bargaining arrangements that have led to unsustainably high labour costs, this 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.

The South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association, in association with Gordon Angus and Associates is running a one-day workshop to guide employers through the legislative requirements of the Labour Relations Act and other applicable laws.  To book, please complete the  booking form below and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Booking Form - 6 August 2018

Topics 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, SAEFA’s Executive Director.  Gordon has over 15 years’ experience in industrial relations and has successfully guided hundreds of companies with their implementation of strategies to address both short-term and long-term financial difficulties over the years.


Date and Venue

Monday, 6 August 2018, Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Viewpoint Street, Boksburg



08h00    Registration, tea and coffee 

08h30    Start 

10h30    Tea break 

12h30    Lunch

15h00    Afternoon tea break

16h30    Finish 


Fee per delegate

SAEFA Members:             R2 900

Non-members:                 R3 600