Melanie Hart is a leading practitioner in the area of labour and employment in South Africa. Acting for employers in the mining, engineering, construction, financial services, aviation and medical sectors, she has particular expertise in collective bargaining disputes within the mining industry.
Recently recognized in the Corporate Live Wire Awards 2018 as Employment Lawyer of the year, her breadth and depth of experience includes all aspects of employment law including: drafting employment contracts and other employment-related agreements and collective agreements; drafting and implementing policies, procedures and practices; conducting risk assessments, compliance audits and corporate due diligence investigations; representing corporates in employment disputes at various courts and forums; offering advice on restructurings, retrenchments and going-concern transfers.
Melanie advises on the resolution of labour disputes such as unfair discrimination, dismissals, unfair labour practices, strike management and the interpretation and application of employment statutes. She has conducted many cases in the Labour and Labour Appeal Court that were subsequently reported.
Melanie also has expertise in data protection and privacy. She helps clients navigate the new regulatory environment of data protection and information privacy as well as advising companies on what steps must be taken in order to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act.
Melanie’s clients have praised Melanie for being “a consummate professional with substantial experience, addressing all IR issues with equanimity and thoroughness to provide clear, succinct direction”. She also provides “great customer service as well, always reverting to the company’s requests timeously. This was very comforting in a business context where every issue becomes urgent.” She is additionally commended for “her services in complex labour litigation matters - she is no doubt a prolific litigator, adviser and strategic practitioner. She has certainly been at the cusp of shaping employee relations, labour relations and labour law practice, at the time when the mining industry faced a meltdown of established collective bargaining and labour relations.”