Future of Work: Key insights, risks and recommendations for 2024

Our bi-yearly Future of Work report is here. The Report explores the emerging themes in the workplace in 2023, key risks and also includes five recommendations for employers. The research was gathered after interviewing 500 respondents, all of whom occupy senior management positions and who are part of the strategic leadership team or wider management team … Read more

Reform on the Horizon: Whistleblowers Afforded More Protection

“When people are silent, and where people are silenced, the consequences are very dangerous.” – Rabbi Gideon Pogrund, Founding director of the Centre for Business Ethics at the University of Pretoria On 29 June 2023, a discussion document proposing reforms for the whisteblower protection regime in South Africa was published. The purpose of the document … Read more


The purpose of the Employment Equity Act, 55 of 1998, is to achieve equity in the workplace by promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment through the elimination of unfair discrimination and implementing affirmative action measures to ensure the equitable representation in all occupational levels of designated groups. The effective date of the recent amendments to … Read more

Navigating the Complexities of Regulating the Gig Economy in South Africa

Jacqui Reed, an employment lawyer in South Africa, was recently interviewed by CNBC Africa alongside Dr Jerry Gule, CEO of the Institute of People Management. The interview focused on the regulation of the gig economy, including what it means for workers, how the law enables and protects organisations, and the overall impact of the gig … Read more

Are South African cops really not allowed to have visible tattoos?

Police Minister Bheki Cele said that people can’t join the police if they have tattoos, adding this has always been part of their recruitment policy. Policing experts agreed that rules about visible tattoos have been part of the recruitment process for a while. However, some legal experts have argued that this may be considered unfair discrimination. Police … Read more

ANALYSIS | Jacqui Reed: Mandatory vaccine polices in the workplace – avoiding litigation

Jacqui Reed examines a recent CCMA decision which found that an employer’s mandatory vaccination policy and the rule emanating from that policy was unreasonable. In a recent CCMA decision, a commissioner found that the employer’s mandatory vaccination policy and the rule emanating from that policy was unreasonable. The commissioner also found that the employee’s dismissal on the … Read more

Mandatory vaccination policies being reconsidered in South Africa

Jacqui Reed, Senior Associate in the Employment Law, Pensions and Incentives team in Johannesburg, South Africa was recently quoted in Netwerk24 on her views regarding the decision by many employers to abandon mandatory vaccination policies from their workplaces. Are employers required to comply with any regulatory requirements prior to withdrawing the mandatory vaccination policy? Is … Read more


Jacqui Reed was recently interviewed on South African radio station Kaya FM to discuss the interplay between labour law and the entrepreneurial ambitions of employees. The discussion elaborated on some of the issues employees need to consider prior to pursuing interests unrelated to those of the business for which they work. Importantly, one must be … Read more