Section 198 of the Labour Relations Act (hereinafter “LRA”) regulates the employment relationship between a worker (the employee), a labour broker (the employer) and a third party (the client). It also regulates the aspect of liability between the temporary employment service and its client on the one hand in relation
to the employee/worker on the other hand. It is with regard to the latter aspect that the employee is in a detrimental position as far as the loss of protection against an unfair dismissal as regulated by sections 185 and 186 of the LRA is concerned. The complexity of this kind of relationship is illustrated by means of a case study relating to an unfair dismissal dispute. Legislation regulating the employee’s rights
and the employer’s duties upon termination of the contract of employment is also discussed. In conclusion, solutions and recommendations are offered to address the existing areas of concern with regard to section 198(4) and the client’s
responsibilities, the interpretation problems within the tripartite employment relationship, as well as the employment contract.