Dismissals & Unfair labour practices
FOR UNFAIR DISMISSALS, UNFAIR LABOUR PRACTICES, UNPAID SALARIES, LEAVE PAY AND SICK LEAVE.
Whether you are an employee bringing a claim, or an employer defending a claim, the claim’s success or failure can often depend on whether or not the claim has been brought under the correct category, and also by knowing what can or can’t be claimed, so it is advisable to know your rights before you unnecessarily waste time, energy and money!
AT THE CCMA, BARGAINING COUNCILS, LABOUR COURT AND LABOUR APPEAL COURT.
Legal representation is not automatically allowed at the CCMA or at a Bargaining Council, but you have the right to obtain legal assistance when preparing for the case. Legal representation is always permitted at the Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court.
the sheriff & the enforcement of arbitration awards
UNSATISFACTORY ARBITRATION AWARDS
RESTRAINTS OF TRADE
DISCIPLINARY CODES & PROCEDURES
Codes and procedures regulate the employment relationship between the employer and the employee and set out what is, and what is not acceptable conduct, and the consequences that flow from unacceptable conduct.
DEALING WITH STRIKES AND INTERDICTING STRIKES.
There are very clear guidelines which regulate what issues can be the subject of a strike; what procedures must be followed; and what the consequences are depending on whether the procedures were followed or were not followed.
TRADE UNION NEGOTIATIONS
A working knowledge of the law is always vital when conducting negotiations with trade unions, or when determining whether to recognise a trade union. If a union is recognised, a recognition agreement regulates the manner in which the trade union will conduct itself when dealing with the employer.
IN-HOUSE TRAINING- SEMINARS- INTERACTIVE TALKS AND LECTURES
It is vital that management ensure that they are kept up-to-date with the latest developments in labour law and thereby expand their knowledge while limiting their risk and exposure to claims of unfair treatment.
Benefits of working with Berkowitz Attorneys
You will receive the benefit of in-depth knowledge from Craig Berkowitz who is an expert in the field of labour law, and who , based on 20 years of experience is from time to time, appointed to sit as an Acting Judge in the Labour Court of South Africa.
Craig is not only readily accessible, but your contact will always be directly Craig every step of the way in your matter which you have entrusted to him.
Reliable & Efficient
Craig has an enviable record of reliability and efficiency which ensures the best possible outcome for you as the client.
Kind words from our clients
“Craig escorted me through the trauma of my labour dispute with patience, understanding and skill. His expertise and calm demeanour gave me the confidence I needed to persevere through one of the most difficult periods of my life.
I highly recommend Craig for his straight-talking, no-nonsense approach underpinned by a thorough knowledge of the law and an appreciation of the client’s perspective.”
— Sarah C
“Craig was my best advisor in South Africa for years.”
— Stuart de Bourgogne
former managing director of Club Med South Africa
“As a company that employs over 1000 employees, we have entrusted Craig with all our labour issues for nearly 20 years. Craig is better than excellent”
— Ian Senior
Chairman of Solid Doors
“My dismissal felt like a nightmare, but Craig was able to cut straight to the real issues and pursued my case with great passion, commitment and dedication, and got me an outcome that exceeded even my own expectations. I am eternally grateful to Craig for giving my matter personal attention rather than passing me onto a junior attorney.
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him as a specialist labour lawyer”
“Labour disputes are never pleasant and sadly are there so many attorney firms claiming to be subject-matter experts. Fortunately for me, the first attorney I consulted advised me that if I wanted to be presented by the best labour lawyer in the business, that I should consult with Craig, as he himself had found Craig to be formidable as well as knowledgeable having lost a few cases against Craig.
If you want a person who truly has your best interests at heart, the only name that comes up is Craig Berkowitz.”