Employers and workers have been warned to be on the alert for bogus labour officials who approach non-suspecting employers to conduct illegal inspections or sell legislation posters.
The warning by the Department of Labour comes after a woman in the eastern Free State claimed to work for the department through a contracted company called SA Legal Act. She is said to be driving a Red Hyundai with registration number JMT701GP.
“Employers and workers are urged to be careful of people who visit their workplaces without identification to carry out inspections or sell any legislative documents as it might be an act of criminality with the aim of stealing or swindling their money,” said the department in a statement.
It explained that the department’s labour inspectors were the only officials who were allowed to carry out labour inspections and they would do so by prior arrangement.
Officials must identify themselves and are not allowed to take any money from employers. Any such suspicious activities should immediately be reported to the police.
All labour legislations can be sourced from the offices of the Department of Labour nationwide or on the departmental website www.labour.gov.za.
Issued by – BuaNews