This unique website is a free and easy independent research resource enabling you to find the latest case law and recent labour developments.  All  law reports and sources are monitored almost hourly.  Join the multitude of persons who rely on GilesFiles to keep up to date with Work Law.  They include judges, commissioners, arbitrators, attorneys, advocates, human resource and personnel managers, line managers, trade union officials, academics, researchers and students.


I am not aware of any other website offering a comparable service free of charge.  I see it not only as part of the Free Access to Law Movement, and a significant part of it in the field of labour law, but as part of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ which has transformed and is continuing to transform the way we work and think.  I believe its use and influence can only increase as the knowledge economy and access to information technology expand.   [Darcy du Toit: Share in ‘fourth industrial revolution’]

How to use GilesFiles

Find what you need in different ways.  Use the Search box for key words and phrases.  Click on the Comment bubble next to a case for the latest reported references and expert commentary.

Use the drop-down boxes on the right-hand side of the home page for categories listing:

  • Case Law sorted by Court, year and date of judgment;
  • Labour Relations Law based on chapters of the leading textbook; and
  • General law.

GilesFiles does the work for you

Find relevant information, when you need it, by referencing it and linking to the source information or document.  All reports and sources are monitored and provide an essential  service.  Quick solutions are provided with this unique and free system by:

Substantial benefits

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest work law.
  • Provide correct advice based on all relevant information.
  • Achieve more billable hours in a day.
  • Avoid the risk of ignorance of the latest law.
  • Save time by finding all relevant work law resources.
  • Save money with sound decision-making based on correct information.
  • Enhance your return on investment from subscriptions to reports and journals.
  • Trace the latest or leading judgments.

Subscribe to the Alert service

Become a paying subscriber to the Labour Case Alert service and receive weekly email alerts to the latest case law at a nominal cost of R95 per month.

Special features of GilesFiles

GilesFiles provides information on tap and direct access to all relevant resources. Easily access the information you need from anywhere, including your office, home or even in court or during an arbitration.  With an Internet connection get information “just in time” rather than “just in case”.  GilesFiles is all about aggregating and indexing work law.

Property and community housing schemes

Given the importance of land, housing and sectional titles the scope of GilesFiles has been extended to cover these rapidly developing branches of

Not all those cases are reported in the usual law reports and this means you will be able to search for them and access them thanks again to Saflii.

Searching made easy

GilesFiles makes information readily and freely available.  We often receive requests for information and cases relating to the World of Work Law.  To cover expenses of providing the services we only charge for the Labour Case Alert.  We do not believe in cluttering the website with adverts.

Drop-down boxes with ‘Select Categories’

GilesFiles website only really started in 2008 and since then a considerable amount of important information has been added.  On the right-hand side of this Home page there are a number of ‘drop-down boxes’ providing access to different types of information.

Case law

The first box lists all the courts and shows the number of cases by year.  Click on a category and find the judgments in chronological sequence with brief summaries.  There are links to the actual judgment and thanks to Saflii we are able to provide this free service.  We monitor all judgments and post those that have been marked ‘reportable’ by the judges, or are considered to be of interest, and make them available forthwith on GilesFiles.  Only paying subscribers receive weekly alerts to the latest cases.

Labour Relations Law

The next box focuses on the structure of the recently published textbook Labour Relations Law: A comprehensive guide  6th edn (LexisNexis 2015).  Topics appear in alphabetical order but refer to the book chapters in brackets.  This enables you to work from the textbook and source the latest law concerning the relevant chapters.  Tags are now used instead of sub-topics.  By typing a word or section number [such as ‘constructive dismissal’ or ‘LRA 186(2)’] in the search box above those categories you will be taken to the entries relating to that tag.

Common law, topics, and words and phrases

Access is provided to more topics and once again tags have been used instead of sub-folders.