Practical Labour Law online short course

Course starts 4 March 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
26 February 2021
Course Starts:
4 March 2021
8 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–12 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R14,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


South African labour law has evolved considerably in recent years, with key acts being amended and employment equity gaining more prominence. It’s imperative that employers, human resource (HR) practitioners, and legal professionals stay abreast of such legislative changes so they can ensure compliance, avoid lawsuits, and resolve disputes.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Practical Labour Law online short course introduces you to the local employment law landscape, its various acts, and the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. Guided by labour relations specialist Pieter Koornhof, you’ll learn how to navigate the complexities of contracting, dismissal and retrenchment, and discover strategies for avoiding workplace discrimination. 

Throughout the course, law concepts will be illuminated through the presentation of practical scenarios, which will equip you with skills and knowledge that you can apply immediately in your current context.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Insight into the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, the Labour Relations Act, and the Employment Equity Act
  • Knowledge of how to legally manage dismissals for misconduct, poor performance, and operational requirements
  • The skills to promote fair labour practices and equity in the workplace
  • An understanding of the mechanisms through which staff disputes can be resolved

Is this course for you?

As this course covers many facets of South African labour law, it’s suited to HR practitioners looking to expand their knowledge of this subject area to add more value in current and future roles. It’s also ideal for legal professionals who want to learn how to handle labour-related issues, and small business owners who need up-to-date knowledge of employment regulations to ensure compliance and the fair treatment of staff.

As students will receive a certificate of completion from UCT, this course is a good option for those looking for official validation of their labour law expertise.

Course curriculum

Familiarise yourself with the laws governing the employer-employee relationship as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to labour law
  • Module 2 The employment contract, basic conditions of employment and termination of employment
  • Module 3 Workplace discipline and automatically unfair dismissals
  • Module 4 Dismissal for misconduct and poor performance or incapacity
  • Module 5 Dismissal for operational requirements, closures, mergers and sale of business
  • Module 6 Unfair employment practice and employment equity
  • Module 7 An introduction to collective labour law and industrial action
  • Module 8 Dispute resolution and CCMA procedures

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Develop your understanding of practical labour law and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. 


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At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 4 March 2021.

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