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After spending two years working from home, it’s going to take some time to get everyone used to working together in an office environment again. And it just so happens that the Department of Labour has introduced new guidelines for all staff in the workplace.

The new Code of Conduct’s aim is to provide clear and extensive advice to both employers and employees, about what constitutes unfair behaviour between colleagues, superiors, and subordinates.

In short, it outlines what you’re allowed to do in the office and what not.

According to the Department of Employment, this Code identifies the steps employers must take to eliminate harassment, including the development and implementation of policies that create workplaces that are free from harassment, in which employers and employees respect each other’s dignity, privacy, and their rights to equality.

There is one part that has caught the attention of a lot of people.

The South African reports that this part reveals that workers could get themselves into trouble if they are caught engaging in certain negative behaviours. Some actions are more extreme than others, but it’s now feasible that someone could take action against you if your eye-rolls and sarcastic outbursts become a problem.

So, watch out because a sarcastic remark, rolling of your eyes, facial expressions, negative gossip or jokes, and mimicking can get you in a lot of legal trouble.

The new rules have been in effect since 18 March 2022.

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