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Basic Conditions of Employment

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) is a labour law in South Africa that sets out the minimum employment conditions that employers must provide to their employees. The BCEA establishes the basic rights and obligations of employers and employees in the employment relationship. It is a crucial piece of legislation that aims to protect the rights of workers and ensure fair labour practices in South Africa.

The BCEA is part of a broader labour law framework in South Africa that includes other laws and regulations, such as the Labour Relations Act and the Employment Equity Act. These laws collectively aim to promote fair labour practices, protect workers’ rights, and address employment-related issues in the country.

It’s important to note that labour laws can change over time, so individuals and employers in South Africa should refer to the most recent version of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and seek legal advice if they have questions or concerns about compliance with labour regulations.

Course Index

What can be learned.

Working Hours:

The BCEA regulates the maximum number of working hours per week and provides for rest periods and daily and weekly rest intervals. It also defines the conditions for overtime work.

Leave Entitlements:

The act outlines the minimum annual leave, sick leave, and family responsibility leave that employees are entitled to.

Termination of Employment:

It sets out the notice periods required for terminating employment contracts and governs issues related to dismissals, including reasons for fair and unfair dismissals.

Minimum Wage:

The BCEA may specify minimum wage levels for different sectors and industries.

Public Holidays:

It details the rules for paid leave on public holidays and compensation for working on those days.

Maternity Leave:

The act typically provides for maternity leave and job security for pregnant employees.

Protection against Unfair Labor Practices:

The BCEA includes provisions to protect employees from unfair labour practices, such as discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.


Employers are required to maintain records of employment contracts, working hours, and other relevant information to ensure compliance with the law.

Employment of Children and Young Workers:

The act may include provisions on the employment of children and young workers, setting age limits for certain types of work.

Enforcement and Remedies:

It establishes mechanisms for employees to lodge complaints and seek remedies for violations of their rights under the act.

Available Platforms:

Check-in time is at 8:15, introduction starts at 08:30 to 09:00am

Course Includes:

Tea, coffee, cookies, 2 sweets, water, pen, manual and a light snack for lunch. The courses usually end around 13:00 depending on the size of the company as well as the number of questions during the course.

Break Times:

There will be a break at 10:30 that includes tea, coffee, and a muffin. The course will commence at 11:00 to 13:00.