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COIDA – Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act

COIDA is the acronym for the name of the legislation that governs injuries and diseases that arise in the employment context. The old legislation was known as the Workmen’s Compensation Act (WCA).

Read more: Labour Compass 3 - COIDA - July 2011


In this edition, No 2, I will be addressing the topic of “Probation”. Probation links in closely with the subject of fixed term contracts and confusing the two could be costly. I also answer questions that arose out of the first newsletter. These questions are answered under the heading: Seeking Direction.


The purpose of probation is to determine if an employee is suitable for permanent employment.

Read more: Labour Compass 2 - Probation - June 2011

This is the first of what promises to be regular, and I trust informative, bite- sized labour morsels. If you have any specific queries that you need answered and that you think may be helpful to other employer please send an email with a request for me to deal with that topic and I shall gladly do so if it fits the profile and purpose of Labour compass.


Fixed Term Contracts are also known as Limited Duration Contracts or Temporary Contracts. Whichever term you prefer to use, the name says it all. It refers to an employment contract which is of a fixed, limited or temporary duration.

Read more: Labour Compass 1 - May 2011

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