n SA Mercantile Law Journal = SA Tydskrif vir Handelsreg - Reasonable expectations : real protection or false security for fixed-term employees? : analyses

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-0099
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2185



It has become increasingly common to appoint employees on a temporary basis as an alternative to permanent employment (see Clive Thompson 'The Changing Nature of Employment : What has Changed?' (2003) 24 1793). An employer would in so doing escape being subjected to the onerous duties and obligations imposed on employers by the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (the 'LRA') (see (1994) 15 ILJ 289 (LAC)).

However, bona fide operational reasons may call for the appointment of employees on a temporary basis. Temporary employees are for instance utilized where permanent employees are on leave or to cope with temporary increases or fluctuations in production.

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