Hermann Nieuwoudt is an employment and labour lawyer based in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He specializes in collective labour law, and individual and general employment law.
Hermann acted for a major food company in an arbitration about the alleged unlawfulness of contracts with drivers who used to be employees. The constitutional issue of the contracts being contrary to public policy was the central issue in the matter. The drivers applied to the labour Court to have the award reviewed, but were unsuccessful.
He represented another major food company in a dispute where employees were retrenched due to the fact that they allegedly participated in major acts of violence during a strike but could not be positively identified. This dispute is ongoing.
He is advising a parastatal organisation on a major restructuring.
Hermann obtained his B.Com (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. He was admitted as an attorney and a conveyancer during 1985. Before joining the practice, Hermann practiced employment and labour law in Cape Town for 15 years.
Hermann has been mentioned in Legal 500 and is listed as an expert labour and employment lawyer in Expert Guides and the Legal Experts Directory.
Hermann has served as an assessor in the Labour Appeal Court, as an acting judge in the Labour Court and for a number of years as a member of the Standing Committee on Labour Law of the Law Society of SA. He is currently a member of the National Committee of the South African Society of Labour Law.
The rules of the CCMA that limit legal representation in disputes relating to dismissals for misconduct or incapacity are valid and not unconstitutional.
September 26, 2013
After over two years before Parliament the Labour Relations Amendment Bill was finally adopted by the National Assembly yesterday after having been passed by 248 vot.
August 21, 2013
Herman Nieuwoudt comments on the importance of workers, companies and the government agreeing and upholding a social pact to prevent industrial action..
September 12, 2013
The Labour Relations Amendment Bill 2012 includes extensive changes to organisational rights, the right to strike and liability for unlawful conduct, the regulati....
March 30, 2012