Author: Patrick Deale

Patrick has worked in law and alternative dispute resolution for 25 years in a wide range of industries and sectors. As a senior legal executive for a listed company, he gained first-hand experience of the issues business managers and employees deal with day-to-day. Patrick co-founded Tokiso Dispute Settlement (Pty) Ltd in 2000, the largest private dispute resolution agency in the country, where he was full-time CEO for six years. He is a highly skilled and experienced labour negotiator, mediator, arbitrator and facilitator. He is a commercial mediator, coach and assessor, accredited by CEDA (UK). He also serves as Acting Judge of the Labour Court. He is the co-author of the Labour Relations Handbook, published by Juta, and has been a regular host of the Labour Line on Talk Radio 702. Patrick established Deale Attorneys to focus on the opportunity to improve and build successful South African business relationships, in partnership with business clients. <img src="https://deale.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/site-Logo-.png"Deale Attorneys is a specialist labour & commercial mediation firm with offices in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal.We have significant experience in partnering with clients to resolve legal disputes and comply with legal complexities so they can grow their businesses successfully. We take a real interest in your business to understand what makes it tick. With small firm operating costs and big firm experience, we can offer our clients a more personal service at reasonable rates. We advise and represent business owners, employers, state institutions and senior individuals on a wide range of labour law and commercial dispute resolution issues. We would enjoy partnering with you! Contact us Email us Cell: 083 375 8771 Skype: patrick.deale

Labour Law in a Nutshell November 2019

HOLIDAY RANT: What can an employer do if an employee posts a racist rant while on annual leave? This is what an Edcon employee did while she was on leave in December 2015. She was angry about President Zuma’s decision to replace Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with Minister Des van…

Labour Law in a Nutshell March 2019

ENQUIRY DELAYS: When does a delay in prosecuting a disciplinary enquiry become unreasonable and unfair? The general rule is that a disciplinary inquiry must be held within a reasonable time from the date on which the alleged misconduct occurred – or from the date from which the employer first became…

Labour Law in a Nutshell February 2019

STRIKE FOR STRESS: Why are workers still willing to go on strike when the odds of scoring real financial gains are stacked against them?   The annual wage negotiations and “strike season” will unfold again in the next few weeks. It’s generally understood that the main reasons workers go on…

Labour Law in a Nutshell January 2019

LABOUR LAW in a Nutshell: What to expect in 2019? Politics The upcoming elections will turbo charge the levels of populist rhetoric and activity in both public and private workplaces.  Competition between the pro-poor and left leaning Saftu versus its former comrades, the ANC aligned and more moderate Cosatu will…

Labour Law in a Nutshell November 2018

LABOUR LAW IN A NUTSHELL November 2018 COLLECTIVE MISCONDUCT:   What’s the difference between collective and derivative misconduct and why is it important to distinguish between them? PRASA Case PRASA[1] had to pay a high price for failing to make the distinction after it fired 700 employees for derivative misconduct. They…

TRUST AT THE TOP:  Can a Board of Directors skip the disciplinary procedure and use a fast-track procedure to dismiss a CEO when they believe the trust relationship has broken down?

TRUST AT THE TOP:  Can a Board of Directors skip the disciplinary procedure and use a fast-track procedure to dismiss a CEO when they believe the trust relationship has broken down? This possibility of such a novel procedure emerged in the Labour Court[1] in October. The CEO applied to court…