Bagraims Labour Lawyers – Frequently Asked Questions
Here you’ll find quick answers to some of the questions we are most commonly asked about our work in South African Labour Law and as Labour Relations Consultants.
Don’t forget, if you want specific advice on the complexities of Labour Law or would like to know how to structure your own employment matters more efficiently, you can contact us directly.
How do you help with Labour Law?
Quite simply, we undertake to protect our clients’ interests in all matters of Labour Law and Labour Relations. That means we advise you on matters from best practices that suit your organisation right through to acting on your behalf in matters of litigation and negotiation.
Can you assist with general legal matters too?
Definitely. As well as being known as one of South Africa’s most expert firms of Labour Attorneys, we also look after our clients’ general legal requirements, from Labour Law to civil matters, commercial litigation and criminal cases. In fact, many cases require cross-discipline expertise, which we regularly provide under our full service offerings.
How long have you been in business?
Bagraims Labour Attorneys has been established for over 25 years. That means we have seen just about every new element of current employment legislation introduced and taken part in cases that have helped shape Labour Law in South Africa. You can learn more about us here.
What’s your approach to assisting employers?
It’s all about what constitutes the best business decision for you. That means our first priority is to understand your needs and craft our advice accordingly to protect your employer rights. That results in an objective aimed squarely at making sure your Labour Relations work for your business.
Why does my company need a relationship with Bagraims?
Quite simply to save time, hassle and expense while getting the most from your employment requirements. We don’t follow the clichéd approach to litigating every case we are asked about, but work with you to minimise the impact of disputes and even help you structure your Labour Relations in a way that makes disputes less likely. Notwithstanding, our success in Labour Law litigation is unparalleled, so if we need to litigate for you, you can rest assured you have the most powerful alliance of strong legal expertise in your corner.
I am an employee and have a work issue, can you help?
Of course, whether you feel your position is becoming compromised in some way or wish to fight an unfair dismissal case, we can advise on your employee rights along with appropriate strategy for negotiation or bringing your case to the appropriate forum.
How do I get started with you?
The best approach to Labour Relations is a proactive one. So getting us on your side now will lessen the chances of having to deal with costly and time consuming disputes later. It’s really as simple as calling us today and telling us about your labour issues and requirements, so we can help you better tomorrow.
What makes your involvement in labour law so special?
As well as nationally respected Labour Lawyers we are known as leading experts on a wide range of South African employment issues and practices. Labour Law is something we all share a passion for. That translates into both the superior service we give our clients and the expertise we so often share with national and international media.
Where are you based?
Our primary base is in Cape Town, with a presence across South Africa including representation in major centres across the country.
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Who are your clients?
From small businesses employers, like sole proprietors, to companies with a global presence employing thousands. Our long expertise also means we are skilled in dealing with the unique issues of differing industries and special employment situations like those faced by employees as diverse as domestic workers and Secret Service operatives.
Can you assist with other aspects of labour relations?
The best way we serve our clients is by providing a complete turnkey solution to all their labour requirements. After all, what is the use of a firm of labour specialists who only picks up the pieces? Consequently, we’ll help you shape your employment policies and internal labour relations so you spend more time running your organisation and less time managing Dispute Resolution.
What is your approach to Labour Law?
It’s all about ongoing communication. For example, we have relationships with clients where Human Resources staff enjoy direct access to us for advice on all their employment issues. This can pre-empt costly litigation, while our human approach to Labour Relations helps maintain morale within the organisation, often leading to greater productivity.
What if I have a problem right now?
We are well known as excellent negotiators and mediators so contact us right away and we’ll advise on the best approach to dealing with any employment challenge you are facing.
What should I do if I get notice of a CCMA hearing?
Collect all documentation pertaining to the notice, then get in touch and give us the particulars of the case. Even if you are not allowed representation at the CCMA we can still support you with the most effective course of action.
Do all disputes have to go to forums like the CCMA
Ideally not. Depending on your situation, we’ll advise you on your best strategic options, based on the strength of your case. We always try to negotiate a settlement before external parties can get involved.