Employer Rights

While the law provides some leeway for employers to record the conversations and activities of employees, whilst they are engaged in business related activities, and use such recordings against them, as long as it is "in the interests of justice to do so", employees have a lot less space to manoeuvre when recording the activities of their employers. This is according to Aadil Patel, national head of Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyrs, a commercial law firm in South Africa, who explains that every employer has a right to privacy and confidentiality, and this right is often clearly set out in an employee's employment contract. Anli Bezuidenhout, Senior Associate in the Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Employment practice, speaks to Channel Africa's Lebogang Mabange.