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Schindlers Attorneys and COBRA War Room Newsletter 02 June 2020

Copyright
Infringement Online in This
New COVID-19 Environment

With
societies worldwide forced to
move swiftly into a digital
reality due to the COVID-19
pandemic, it will become
increasingly important to
protect your original work
from copyright
infringement. Many tech
savvy copyright infringers
exist on the web and will
illegally appropriate your
work for their own commercial
benefit without your
permission, nor by you
granting them a license to
utilise your work in return
for a substantial sum of
money.

 

 

Association
of Mineworkers and
Construction Union and
Others v Ngululu Bulk
Carriers (Pty) Limited (In
Liquidation) and Others
(CCT15/18) [2020] ZACC 8

In the case
of an unfair dismissal being
referred to conciliation, it
is the unfairness of the
dismissal that is being
referred, regardless of
whether the unfairness
concerned was automatic or
otherwise. It is not reasons
for a dismissal which must be
referred to conciliation but
rather the unfairness of the
dismissal.

 

 

Occupational
Health and Safety in the
Workplace: A Strategy to
Combat the Spread of
COVID-19

As of 1 May
2020, South Africa entered an
“Alert Level 4” of lockdown,
down from the previous Alert
Level 5. This has warranted
amendments to specific
regulations in order to enable
the safe and compliant
reopening of certain permitted
business enterprises across
the country. This article
looks at the measures that
must be taken by employers in
order to protect the health
and safety of workers and
members of the public who
enter the workplace or who are
exposed to business
activities.

 

 

COVID19:
Copyright Law and Distance
Learning

COVID-19 has
changed the way that we live,
work, and communicate. We have
been driven to rely on
technological advancements,
more so than ever before –
particularly through mobile
and cloud-based productivity
and messaging tools.

 

Educators
have had to collaborate to
adapt their curriculums to
online and distance learning
and will, therefore, need to
be alive to the basic
principles of copyright law,
so that they do not
unwittingly contravene
provisions of the Copyright
Act 98 of 1978 (the “Act”)
when utilising these online
tools to educate their
students.

 

 

Parking
in Sectional Title Schemes


The
allocation of parking is one
of the most contentious and
sensitive topics in sectional
title schemes and trustees
often have to ensure that they
apply only lawful methods in
allocating parking in order to
avoid members challenging the
legality of same. This article
explains how parking bays can
be lawfully created and/or
allocated.

 

 

COVID-19
and the Implications of
Price Gouging


On 15 March
2020, COVID-19 was declared a
national disaster in terms of
the Disaster Management Act 57
of 2002 (“the Disaster Act”),
with the nationwide lockdown
commencing on 27 March 2020.
The purpose of this article is
to provide the reader with a
basic and general
understanding of the effect of
COVID-19 on price gouging.

 

 

 

 

 

The
coronavirus
(COVID-19)
global
pandemic has
brought
additional
strain to an
already
struggling
South African
economy.
IQbusiness,
Schindlers
Attorneys,
Engaged
Business
Turnaround,
Sirdar Group
and Envision
have formed a
consortium to
bring their
extensive
legal,
accounting,
technology and
business
turnaround
expertise to
help
businesses in
financial
distress.
 
Together,
these
businesses
have launched
a crisis
management
centre called
the COBRA
(Covid
Business
Rescue
Assistance)
War Room. The
initiative
aims to assist
and sustain
South African
businesses
through the
Covid-19
crisis with
free services
to help them
receive
coordinated
bank,
government and
stakeholder
support. 
If required, a
structured
business
rescue process
can be
initiated,
with the
objective of
rehabilitating
affected
companies.

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