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Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act No. 75 of 1997)

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 13 : Farm Worker Sector, South Africa

Part C : Particulars of Employment

9. Written particulars of employment


(1) An employer must supply a farm worker, when the farm worker starts work with the following particulars in writing—
(a) the full name and address of the employer;
(b) the name and occupation of the farm worker, or a brief description of the work for which the farm worker is employed;
(c) the place of work, and where the farm worker is required or permitted to work at various places, an indication of this;
(d) the date on which employment began;
(e) the farm worker’s ordinary hours of work and days of work;
(f) the farm worker’s wage or the rate and method of payment;
(g) the rate of pay for overtime work;
(h) any other cash payments that the farm worker is entitled to;
(i) any food or accommodation payment that the farm worker is entitled to and the value of the food or accommodation calculated in accordance with clause 8;
(j) any other payment in kind received by the farm worker;
(k) how frequently wages will be paid;
(l) any deductions to be made from the farm worker’s wages;
(m) the leave to which the farm worker is entitled to; and
(n) the period of notice required to terminate employment, or if employment is for a specific period, the date when employment is to terminate.


(2) If a farm worker is not able to understand the written particulars, the employer must ensure that they are explained to the farm worker in a language and in a manner that the farm worker understands.


(3) The employer must revise the written particulars if there is any change in the farm worker’s terms of employment.


(4) An employer must retain a copy of the written particulars while the farm worker is employed and for three years thereafter.