Temporary Employees – The 2015 Landscape
By Judith Griessel, Griessel Consulting
The Labour Relations Amendment Act came into operation on 1 January 2015 and places significant restrictions on the use of ‘non-standard’ employees, including fixed term and part time contracts. Employers would be amiss if they do not take note and adapt their employment policies and practices accordingly.
A limited duration (fixed-term) contract is one entered into for a temporary period. It terminates due to effluxion of time on:
the occurrence of a specified event;
the completion of a specified task or project;
a fixed date (other than normal/agreed retirement age).
There are a number of risks for employers associated with making use of temporary employment. Some of these risks always existed, however specific statutory protection has now been added in respect of certain categories of employees.