30 May 2013
EMPLOYEES OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS?
In a highly regulated labour environment, the legal nature of any form of service relationship is paramount in clarifying the rights and obligations afforded to the parties in terms of statutory requirements. While an employee, under defined circumstances, is entitled to the protection of our labour law and the benefits it provides (such as vacation leave, sick leave, family responsibility leave, overtime and the right not to be unfairly dismissed), an independent contractor is not afforded such rights. It is therefore crucial to determine whether you are ‘an employee’ or an ‘independent contractor’.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING WILLS AND DECEASED ESTATES
Uncertainties can arise when structuring a will. You may wonder, for example: What happens to assets bequeathed to children who live overseas? What if I die without having drafted a will? How are my maintenance obligations to a divorced spouse dealt with? In the next few paragraphs we answer some frequently encountered questions to assist you in your planning.