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Archive for Apr 2017

ROBOT RIGHTS AND THE LAW

It may sound like science fiction, but soon we are all going to have to follow the European Parliament’s lead in thinking about how our society, our law and our insurance industry must adapt to the rise in Artificial Intelligence. How long will it be before we recognise legal rights and duties for “electronic persons”?…

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IS CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT MADE INTOLERABLE IF YOUR BOSS HAS AN AFFAIR WITH YOUR WIFE?

The judge described this case as a tale of white mischief in the farming community of the Eastern Cape.  An employee, and a 49{386da21712306c7ea1ec53b34b97fadb8c0ec5caeb4fa51813505ee2700f52b4} shareholder in the business, was employed as a professional hunter and safari leader at a game lodge. The employee and his family, and the boss and his family lived close by…

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PROPERTY BUYERS/SELLERS AND BUDGET 2017

Transfer duty rates A sliver of good news in Budget 2017 was the 20{386da21712306c7ea1ec53b34b97fadb8c0ec5caeb4fa51813505ee2700f52b4} increase in the transfer duty threshold from R750,000 to R900,000.  That should help both first-time and buy-to-let buyers, and hopefully it will help stimulate the property market overall.  Even for buyers at the high-end of the market, the very fact that…

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RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE

Another warning to employers to pro-actively avoid any form of unfair discrimination comes from a Labour Court’s award of compensation to an employee found to have been discriminated against because of her religion. Discrimination and automatic unfairness The Labour Relations Act (LRA) renders dismissal automatically unfair if the reason for dismissal is – amongst others…

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PROPERTY: WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS TO VIEWS AND PRIVACY?

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune” (Miguel de Cervantes) Another warning to do your homework before you buy or develop property comes from a recent High Court decision to set aside a municipality’s approval of building plans. From sea-view balconies to walled-in courtyards A 17-storey inner city building incorporated residential apartments on its higher…

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