The tough post-COVID lock-down economic conditions and now excessive load-shedding have forced many companies to rethink how they do business, with many being forced to consider retrenchments, restructuring, lay-offs and short time. The workshop will give clear guidance on how to implement these correctly and avoid the pitfalls.

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  • Applying short-time effectively, fairly and expeditiously.
  • The short-time notification: contents, time period, consultation requirement.
  • How short can short-time be, how long can you implement short-time for?
  • Implementing short-time urgently,
  • Using short-time to deal with load-shedding, power-outages and other unplanned emergencies.
  • Do you consult, negotiate – do you need an agreement?


  • The lay-off notification: contents, time period, consultation requirement
  • How short can lay-off be, how long can you implement a lay-off for?
  • Do you have to have an agreement before you implement a lay-off?


  • The retrenchment notification: and the consultation process – the do’s and don’ts.
  • What grounds can be used to retrench? Are you reasons to retrench fair?
  • Small scale or large scale retrenchments, what’s the difference?
  • The consultation process – must trade unions be involved and to what extent?
  • The selection criteria – who is selected for retrenchment – keeping it fair and objective.
  • What is voluntary retrenchment vs. forced retrenchment and when can it be applied?
  • The bumping principle.
  • Severance pay; how is it calculated and when must it be paid (Main Agreement vs. BCEA)?


Half Day


09:00 – 13:00


Michael Lavender

Michael Lavender joined SEIFSA in 1991 as an Industrial Relations Advisor, after two and a half years in the mining industry in the position of an Industrial Relations Advisor. He has held various positions within the Industrial Relations Division, including Senior Industrial Relations Advisor, Industrial Relations Services Training Manager, and was appointed to the position of Industrial Relations Manager in 2013.

Providing key Industrial relations consultancy and training services, Michael holds:

  • a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in Industrial Psychology and Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, formerly the University of Natal,
  • a Personnel Management Trainee Programme from Rand Mines,
  • a Certificate Programme in Industrial Relations (CPIR) from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (Wits Business School), and
  • An Expert Negotiator Certificate issued by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

In addition, Michael is the Lift and Escalator Employer spokesperson for the Lift negotiations.

He is also a representative at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council.

He has gained extensive knowledge and experience and daily duties include but are not limited to, advising and training companies on the Main Agreement and labour law, chairing hearings in the areas of disciplinary, incapacity, grievance. Representing various companies in retrenchment consultations and other industrial relations matters such as disputes and industrial action, as well as at the CCMA and the MEIBC Bargaining Council at conciliation and arbitration.


Tel: 011 298 9400

Email: sales@seifsa.co.za

Additional information

Webinar, SEIFSA 42 Anderson Street Marshalltown 6th floor, Afrique Boutique Hotel


16 May 2024


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