The Latest SAEFA Retrenchment Workshop - 8 May 2017

South African Engineers and Founders Association

Are You Considering Implementing Short-Time, Lay-Offs or Retrenchments in 2017?

The past ten days have, once again, rocked the South African economy. After a difficult 2015 when the commodities slump, felt particularly hard in the metal sector, led to slower economic growth, many companies had to sprint just to stand still. Then came the firing of then Finance Minister Nene and now the firing of ex-Finance Minister Gordhan. The forecast for the rest of 2017 is dire and for many companies 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 workshop to guide employers through the legislative requirements of the Labour Relations Act as well as the industry’s Collective Main Agreement with regard to implementing short-time, lay-offs and retrenchments.

Topics to be covered

• Effective implementation of short-time
• Implementing a Lay-Off: What is required by the Main Agreement?
• The meaning of operational requirements
• Substantive fairness: Reasons for operational requirements dismissals
• Procedural fairness:
   o Large-scale vs small-scale retrenchments: which applies to me?
   o Notification requirements
   o 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
   o Selection criteria: What is considered to be fair?
   o Severance pay: What is this process going to cost?
   o CCMA facilitation: When is this applicable and is it effective?
   o Differences between the Main Agreement and other legislation
   o 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 12 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, 08 May 2017, Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Viewpoint Street, Boksburg

08h00 Registration, Tea and Coffee
08h30 Start
10h30 Tea break
12h30 Lunch
13h30 Afternoon session
15h00 Tea break
16h00 Finish

Fee per delegate
SAEFA Members: R2 500
Non-members: R2 900

For more information or to book, please contact Gordon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 011 678 0021.