Employee Relations Specialist at African Bank

Posted on :

26 Mar, 2014

Category :

Banking Jobs in South Africa

Job Description

To facilitate the resolving of labour-related issues in dispute within African Bank Limited in line with Labour-related legislation and regulatory requirements


Job Requirements


B. Comm. (Law) and/or LLB Degree

2 years experience post degree in Labour Relations

5 years experience post degree in Labour Relations



Knowledge of Employment Legislation, (LRA), (BCEA), (OHS) and (EEA)

Drafting Skills

Communications Skills

Negotiation skills

Analytical Skills

Writing Skills

Knowledge and understanding of:

Labour Relations Act

Basic Conditions of Employment Act

Case Law and Jurisprudence

Codes of Good Practices (LRA)

Court rules (RSA)


Knowledge and understanding of:

OHS Act, 1993




Technical Writing skills

Knowledge of Labour Relations Act, 1995, as amended

Editing skills

Presentation skills

Training skills

Communications skills (verbal and written)

Negotiation skills



Being pro-active


Interpersonal Skills

Coaching and Facilitation Skills

Business Acumen



Labour Relations Consulting

Provide value-add consulting to the business by keeping abreast of all relevant legislation

  • LRA
  • BCEA
  • Case Law and Jurisprudence
  • Codes of Good Practices
  • Court rules


Advise management and staff on correct interpretation and application of labour legislation and any amendments

Respond to queries received from employees, management and external parties

Approve employees to be listed on REDS

Engage in collective bargaining process with union/s

Advise HR on problems experienced regarding garnishees

Update appropriate MIS system
Providing Litigation Services


Provide value add litigation services to the business by keeping abreast of all relevant legislation

  • LRA
  • BCEA
  • Case Law and Jurisprudence
  • Codes of Good Practices
  • Court rules


Represent the Bank in Labour Disputes and Litigation at the CCMA (Conciliation and Arbitration)

Chair disciplinary enquiries and facilitate grievances

Brief and / or assist external counsel on litigious matters where applicable

Facilitate legal process with external practitioners and line managers

Prepare documents and evidence for use in the litigation process

Consult and prepare witnesses for litigation purposes

Advise management in respect of outcome of cases:

  • Settlement to employee
  • Dismissal
  • Award / order against the Group

Prepare appropriate case reports

Update appropriate MIS system


Development of Training material and Facilitation 

Revise and update a training module for Chairpersons and initiators training in consultation with direct manager

Conduct the following Training interventions:

Basic labour relations for all managers

Chairing and initiation of disciplinary enquiries for middle and senior management

Interpretation of various pieces of labour legislation to Forensics Department

Day-to-day employee relations to branch managers and supervisors/team leaders

Update Regional managers quarterly on changes to legislation / procedures


Drafting of Codes, Contracts, Policies and Procedures 

Assess and incorporate best practice within Employee Relations

Draft various service level agreements and related contracts for the Bank for approval as requested

Draft various policies and procedures dealing with day-to-day operational issues within employment relations framework for approval

Implement relevant contracts, policies and procedures

Review relevant contracts, policies and procedures bi-annually


Legal Compliance Projects 

Interpret Occupational Health & Safety Act, 1993(OHS) Compliance

Advise Management on implementation and requirements of the Act

Monitor and review policies and procedures within the Bank

Identify appropriate training interventions and advise Training and Development accordingly for implementation


Interpret National Credit Act and advise Management on effect on employee relationship within the Bank

Monitor and review progress for feedback to management.

Facilitate and/or manage any other labour-related projects within the Bank


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