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

Working from home and the mandatory vaccine policy: Any intersectionality?

On 23 March 2020, President Ramaphosa announced a nationwide lockdown for a period of 21 days with effect from 26 March 2020. This was extended for a further 14 day period. During this period, only those employers and employees engaged in essential services (hospitals, pharmacies and food retailers) were permitted to continue to operate. Those … Read more

Will the rest of organised business join the National Black Consumer Council’s urgent approach to the Constitutional Court re mandatory vaccinations in the workplace?

On 6 January 2022, the media reported that the National Black Consumer Council (NBCC) had launched an urgent application in the Constitutional Court (Court). The purpose of the application, according to the report, is to seek clarity from the Court as to whether the Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety in Certain Workplaces (Direction) issued by the … Read more