There are many upcoming public holidays in 2019 and Employers are encouraged to plan accordingly in order to avoid any operational issues arising, especially Employers who run shifts and/or full time operations.

The upcoming public holidays are:

Human Rights Day, Thursday, 21 March 2019;

Good Friday, Friday, 19 April 2019;

Family Day, Monday, 22 April 2019;

Freedom Day, Saturday, 27 April 2019;

Workers’ Day, Wednesday, 1 May 2019;

Youth Day, Sunday, 16 June 2019 (Public Holiday, Monday, 17 June 2019);

National Women’s Day, Friday, 9 August 2019;

Heritage Day, Tuesday, 24 September 2019;

Day of Reconciliation, Monday, 16 December 2019;

Christmas Day, Wednesday, 25 December 2019;

Day of Goodwill, Thursday, 26 December 2019; and;

New Year’s day, Wednesday, 1 January 2020.

Employers must remember that leave is discretionary and measures and agreements and policies can be implemented to avoid operational risks during public holidays and long weekends etc.

Ian Mc Laren

Ian Mc Laren

Ian McLaren BA LLB (WITS) General Educated St Johns College, Houghton. BA LLB University of the Witwatersrand 1984 Founded McLarens Attorneys September 1986. Right of Appearance High Court, October 1996. Expertise Litigation, Labour Law, Commercial Law, Family Law, Pension and Provident Funds, Customs and Excise, Wills, Deceased Estates, Trusts, Commercial Agreements, Reviewing and Drafting Government Legislation, Information Technology. Committees/ Trusts Law Society of South Africa Information Technology Committee. Trustee Verney College Educational Trust Other Transvaal Provincial colours for Practical Shooting. Third degree Black Belt JKS Karate. Photographer and motor cyclist Lectured for Continuing Legal Education on Information Technology issues.