Date(s) - May 12, 2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm



Commentary on the Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Harassment in the Workplace: Implications for managing workplace violence by Attorney Ronelda Cooray

In 2020 the South African Department of Employment and Labour released the Draft Code of Good Practice On The Prevention And Elimination Of Violence And Harassment In The World Of Work for comments by the public. Various individuals and organisations submitted commentary on the draft, including AfATAP. In 2022 the Department release the final Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Harassment in the Workplace.

The Code places an onus on employers and employees to prevent and eliminate all forms of harassment (which includes violence, psychological abuse and sexual harassment) and provides guidelines for policies, procedures and practices relating to dealing with harassment. In this presentation labour law attorney Ronelda Cooray will discuss the impact and implications of this new Code for employers when dealing with employees facing threats of violence and harassment.

The speaker: Ronelda Cooray

Ronelda is the Managing Director of Ronelda van Staden Attorneys in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her firm provides legal assistance in the area of labour and employment law. The industries she has experience with include medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, construction and retail, property to name a few. Her firm’s clients include Murray & Roberts and Adcock Ingram, Pareto and Mowana Properties Managers.

She has litigation experience in the Magistrates Court, High Court, Council for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), Labour Court, and experience in the Labour Appeal Court as well as the Constitutional Court. In addition to litigation and representation she often chairs grievance hearings, disciplinary hearings and conducts internal investigations into alleged serious misconduct. Her focus is normally perched at Senior and executive management level as her engagement is not purely managerial but strategic.

The nature of her support and guidance to her clients includes, strategy on managing Human Capital, developing HR related processes, systems, policies and procedures, Leadership and management skills, couching and training etc. As a result of her varied experience, passions and unmatched enthusiasm within the fields of Labour and Employment and  HR , she has been sought to provide assistance in all matters regarding enterprises’ operational imperatives and goals and assisting in aligning human capital to these goals through one on one engagement, group engagement, coaching and training.

Before opening her firm in 2011 she was a CCMA Commissioner for 8 years and lead within the area of public speaking and training of all CCMA staff during her tenure. Her formal qualifications includes has a BProc and LLB degree obtained from the University of the Free State.


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