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  • Here's what the Courts have to say about extreme overtime for workers
  • You have a group of workers in your small toy factory, and they have standard working hours. But just before Christmas, you expect them to work extreme hours, because it's 'peak season'. All of a sudden, your workers are strongly against this and take you to the CCMA, despite the fact they've been doing it for years. The following case Maneche & Others v CCMA & Others (Northern Cape Mushrooms) will help shed light on the issue...... ››› Read more
  • [25 August 2016]
  • Take caution when denying a man maternity leave! Here's why
  • Traditionally speaking, maternity leave was something that only women enjoyed. But in today's day and age, that understanding is very outdated! And you as employers need to keep up-to-date! Because if you don't, you could be facing and claim of unfair discrimination the next time you want to deny a man maternity leave. To help you understand this more, take a look at the following case...... ››› Read more
  • [25 August 2016]
  • The five forbidden items you can't claim input tax on
  • The VAT law lets you claim input tax on the supplies you need to buy in order to run your business. But you can't claim input tax on everything. There are five forbidden items you can't claim on. And if you do, SARS will not only reverse your input tax deductions. They'll also slap you with a 200% penalty, plus interest and fines. And they'll conduct a VAT audit on your business that could go as far back as five years into your records. But I don't want you to get in that situation. Here are five forbidden items you must never try and claim input tax on.... ››› Read more
  • [25 August 2016]
  • What to do when that sweet office romance gives you a toothache
  • What to do when that sweet office romance gives you a toothache
    Your employees spend most of their lives at work. So it's not unlikely that they may start to develop intimate relationships with each other. They have a right to privacy. But as soon as those relationships start having an impact on your business, the right to privacy becomes diluted. So it's only when the relationship has a negative effect on the operation of the business that you can interfere and take certain disciplinary steps.... ››› Read more
  • [24 August 2016]
  • Drafting HR policies and procedures? Follow these four golden rules or they won't achieve their objectives
  • Drafting HR policies and procedures? Follow these four golden rules or they won't achieve their objectives
    You're on the right path if you're drafting HR policies and procedures for your company. These policies and procedures: • Guide how you deal with disciplinary or performance-related problems; • Help you deal with employee issues in a fair and consistent manner; and • Help you comply with your legal obligations under labour legislation. To continue on this path, we urge you to follow these four golden rules when you draft your policies and procedures. If you don't, they won't achieve their objectives. So what are these rules? Keep reading to find out...... ››› Read more
  • [24 August 2016]
  • You can legally deny a pregnant employee a promotion!
  • You can legally deny a pregnant employee a promotion!
    We all know there are numerous grounds for unfair discrimination in the workplace, and it's also common knowledge that pregnancy is one of those grounds. But, it may come as a surprise to find out that you can legally deny a pregnant employee a promotion, even if you originally agreed to one! That's right! Even the courts have shown you can! Take a look at the following case Whitehead v Woolworths (2000) 21 ILJ 571 LAC and (1999) 20 ILJ 2133 to learn more...... ››› Read more
  • [23 August 2016]
  • Six steps to follow if you can't pay your VAT liabilities on time
  • Six steps to follow if you can't pay your VAT liabilities on time
    You currently find yourself in a position where you're failing to pay over your VAT liabilities to SARS. This will lead to heavy penalties and interest. Worse still, you can even serve jail time for it! So, you can't afford to just ignore things if you can't pay SARS. But no worries! I'll show you how can you prevent this from happening to you by following these six steps if you can't afford to pay SARS on time... ››› Read more
  • [23 August 2016]
  • Case law: Thinking of getting rid of a pregnant employee? Think again!
  • Case law: Thinking of getting rid of a pregnant employee? Think again!
    In a previous labour case of Mnguni vs Gumbi (2004 6 BLLR 558), a pregnant receptionist working in a medical practice claimed she was unfairly dismissed. She'd been complaining of getting tired in the later stages of her pregnancy - which is a fairly common occurrence among pregnant women. But when her employer sent her home, she reported she'd been dismissed for being pregnant. The employer denied dismissing the pregnant employee, and the matter was taken to Labour Court. Read on to find out what happened in this case law so you don't make the same mistake.... ››› Read more
  • [18 August 2016]

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