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Employees hired via labour brokerage firms will be entitled to benefits if they remain employed by a company for more than three months‚ the Labour Appeal Court in Johannesburg has ruled. Judge Pule Tlaletsi ruled this week that employees of a labour broker become permanent employees of the client company after three months of working there. This judgment overturns a previous judgment handed down in 2015 when acting Judge Martin Brassey ruled that labour brokers and client companies are dual employers. "The protection is a measure to ensure that these employees are not treated differently from the employees employed directly by the client. The purpose of these protections in the context of Section 198A [of the Labour Relations Act] is to ensure that the deemed employees are fully integrated into the enterprise as employees of the client‚" Tlaletsi said in the judgment. The judgment came as a result of a case involving the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa), Assign Services‚ Kros...

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