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New Must Know Smoking Laws South Africa

New Must Know Smoking Laws South Africa

New smoking laws have come with a number of changes including the ones bellow:

Employer Responsibilities on smokers

According to Business Tech, employers bear the duty to ensure no person smokes in a work area. Mohsina Chenia, executive consultant at law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, has outlined employer responsibilities, they include:

  • Employees may object to smoking in the workplace in contravention of this act, without retaliation of any kind.
  • Employees who do not want to be exposed to tobacco smoke at the workplace, are not so exposed.
  • It is not a condition of employment, expressly or implied that any employee is required to work in any portion of the workplace where smoking is permitted by law.
  • Employees are not required to sign any indemnity for working in any portion of the workplace where smoking is permitted by law.
  • Most importantly, any employer who contravenes or fails to comply with the above will be liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment not exceeding a period of one year or both a fine and such imprisonment.

The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill of 2018 is open for public comment until 8 August.

Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com

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