oa De Rebus - The new labour relations act
Some remarks from the perspective of a German labour law attorney The Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (the LRA) was implemented on 11 November 1996. As a milestone in South Africa's post-apartheid legislation the Act introduced a new model of employment relations. By international standards it is exceptional for the labour relations of a country to be regulated comprehensively by only a few pieces of legislation, namely the LRA and the Employment Standards Act which is presently being discussed (see 'Green Paper' GG/23-2-1996). In Germany, for instance, this has not been accomplished. German labour law consists of various statutes which now vastly outnumber the few relevant clauses in the German Civil Code of 1896 (the BGB) originally regulating this mailer. In addition, unlike any other area of German law - with the exception of unfair competition - legal advisers have to find their way through an ever-growing number of precedents.
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