Business Talk – In conversation with Fiona Leppan from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Fiona Leppan is a director in the Employment Law practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

Leppan’s sector specialities include Employment litigation, individual labour law, collective bargaining law, and strategic planning and Occupational Health & Safety in Mining & Minerals.

She has extensive experience in the field of employee relations both from a litigation perspective and in terms of strategic planning.

Training and development in this field has been a focal point. Leppan has actively trained clients on how to deal with internal disputes and conduct enquiries and arbitrations.

She works in various industries including mining, metals, engineering, retail, broadcasting, financial services and the commercial distributive trade. She has also been involved in occupational health and safety work.

Leppan’s sector specialities include employment litigation, individual labour law, collective bargaining law and strategic planning, and occupational health & safety in the mining & minerals sector.

In this episode of Business Talk, Leppan talks through workplace policies, specifically pertaining to cultural/political and religious clothing, as South Africans return to the office following a tumultuous 18 month period.

A recent decision of the European Union’s Court of Justice, which – although not binding in our South African courts – offers useful insights and considerations for employers who endorse a policy of neutrality in the workplace.

Leppan walks through this ruling and provides South African context. She explains what form or recourse employees have if they feel they have been unfairly discriminated against on the basis of their clothing.

Taking time off for religious holidays, she explains what the law says around religions that aren’t Christian.

She also provides some insight into the topic of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations in the workplace, and what trends CDH has seen in this area.

The full interview is embedded below. You can find all Business Talk with Michael Avery interviews here.

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Business Talk – In conversation with Fiona Leppan from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr