CARMEL RICKARD: Glencore feels letter of the law

After misinterpreting a union letter, mining company Glencore unlawfully fired an employee, the labour appeals court has ruled

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CARMEL RICKARD: Namibia’s failure of judgment

A new twist in Namibia’s long-running dispute over reinsurance legislation could curtail a senior judge’s legal ambitions

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CARMEL RICKARD: ‘Cooling off’ in the Seychelles

In politically polarised Seychelles, ‘cooling off’ is not a reference to a dip in the ocean

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CARMEL RICKARD: You need thick skin in the corporate world

You need to have a thick skin in the corporate world; being called ‘disruptive’ on a public platform, or your behaviour ‘regrettable’ is not beyond the pale

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CARMEL RICKARD: Tax dodge a costly mistake

If you set up an unlawful contract to dodge tax you would be well advised not to expect a court to enforce it, as a Namibian company has discovered

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CARMEL RICKARD: Namibian bank's costly decision

A bank's failure to tender costs after withdrawing an application has landed it in hot water with a Namibian judge

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CARMEL RICKARD: When employees behave badly

A restraint of trade agreement may have gone missing mysteriously, but that didn’t let a former employee get away with an unscrupulous business practice

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CARMEL RICKARD: Thuli Madonsela’s wrong remedy

A court has overturned a 2014 report by then public protector Thuli Madonsela, finding it to be ‘totally irrational’ and ‘factually incorrect’

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CARMEL RICKARD: Limpopo sheriff no straight-shooter

In failing to discharge his duties 'honestly and diligently', a sheriff of the Limpopo court has been found to have prejudiced the legal process

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CARMEL RICKARD: Numsa members strike out

Is unprotected strike action part of employees’ right to collective bargaining? A judge says not, which has left some workers short of a year-long project bonus

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CARMEL RICKARD: Lessons from government’s central supplier database

The government’s central supplier database aims to simplify the procurement process. But those who use it need to be on the ball

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CARMEL RICKARD: A new setback for Sars

A contract mining company should receive the same benefits as traditional mining operations, a court has found — but the law may need to change

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CARMEL RICKARD: Numsa employee takes union to court

In a case of the ‘shoe being on the other foot’, Numsa has found itself in a dispute with an employee — but it never became an injury to all

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CARMEL RICKARD: Hiring and firing: a focus on fairness

It’s not impossible for employers to fire workers for poor performance; they simply need to follow the rules and procedures to do so

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CARMEL RICKARD: SA doctor off the hook for ‘Ponzi scheme’ — for now

Patients who lost money by investing in their doctor’s scheme will not get justice from the health professions council; the case is beyond its ...

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CARMEL RICKARD: Eastern Cape health department ‘capitulates’ to ‘thuggish’ unions

The Eastern Cape’s impotence in the face of labour disruption at Fort England psychiatric hospital highlights a possibly fatal flaw in the NHI plan

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