Newsflash courtesy of SAPA

Department of Labour

The Department of Labour announced on 10th May that they have extended the deadline for submission of the Return of Earnings to 31st May, 2016. This may be somewhat confusing to you, as we had understood that this was the deadline for submission, and had documented this deadline in previous newsflashes.


31st May is also the deadline for the SARS Annual Reconciliation.

SARS have published a useful general guide to employee tax for the (current) 2017 tax year. For a copy of this, please click here.

BCom for Payroll Employees

Good news! The first group of students have embarked on the BCom studies, and Da Vinci have let us know that they are keen to start a second group of learners in July 2016! If you are interested, please for more information.

Labour Matters

“Clarity, my kingdom for some clarity” – a much quoted Shakespearean phrase that we’ve taken the liberty to adapt.
How much is this longed for within the realms of a labour market post-amendment?
The amendments have raised a number of challenges and questions. It will be the role of the judiciary to provide clarity to all stakeholders.
One of these issues was recently clarified by the Labour Appeal Court. The court agreed with AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold Mining and Sibanye Gold that unions could only embark on a legal strike if they represented the majority of employees at the companies, not at specific mines only.

The Court dismissed the appeal by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) against the 2014 decision of the Labour Court in favour of the Chamber of Mines.

This appeal dealt with the much debated realm of the definition of workplace and provides clarity at appeal level.

One wonders if this will be the end of this particular case’s path, but no doubt this question will continue to raise its head as it has been the case in a number of cases for more than a decade. Maybe one day the Constitutional Court will give final clarity. And if so, who will apologise?

Other post-amendment issues currently in the judicial system are the “deeming case” which is currently on its way to the Labour Appeal Court, the test case on Managing Service Providers (MSP’s) which finds itself at the Labour Court and the Free Market Foundation challenge on Bargaining Council extensions to non-parties.