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  • Never ever make these four mistakes when disciplining an employee...
  • Never ever make these four mistakes when disciplining an employee...
    Can you spot the mistakes in this example? Tracey is responsible for making sure the petty cash balances each day. She's never seen the petty cash policy and procedure but it's on the company intranet. You explained the petty cash rules to her a long time ago. Everyone in the company, including Tracey's manager who oversees the petty cash, often borrows money from the petty cash. They use it... ››› more
  • [28 June 2016]
  • Eight ways to effectively deal with bullying in the workplace
  • Eight ways to effectively deal with bullying in the workplace
    You must deal with bullying in the workplace. If you overlook it, productivity will be affected and you'll lose key staff members. Don't take that risk. Because the biggest problem with bullying and harassment is that companies often do very little about it. First, let's find out why employees don't report bullying, and then we'll look at eight ways to effectively deal with bullying in yo... ››› more
  • [15 June 2016]
  • 10 Steps to legally dismiss an employee on probation
  • 10 Steps to legally dismiss an employee on probation
    So you hired the 'perfect' candidate... Or so you thought. He just isn't pulling his weight, and now you need to take action against him. But how? You know you can't just dismiss him - even if he is on probation! Today I want to share 10 steps you need to follow to make sure you dismiss your employee on probation fairly... Keep reading below for these steps.   ***** Advertisement ***** ... ››› more
  • [07 June 2016]
  • Two tips to describe allegations against a group of employees
  • Describing your allegations against an employee during a disciplinary hearing, is the first and most important step when disciplining him. But what if you're dealing with a group of employees? How would you deal with a situation like that? To help you understand what you must do in a situation like this, here's a actual labour case along with two tips... *****ADVERTISEMENT***** Everythi... ››› more
  • [18 May 2016]
  • I've drafted incorrect allegations for the disciplinary hearing! What can I do?
  • As you already know, when disciplining an employee you must always ensure you hit the nail right on the head when it comes to describing the allegations against him. So, you need to ensure the allegations you make in the disciplinary notice accurately describe what the employee actually did wrong, so that when the disciplinary hearing comes your employee could have prepared their case, and you ... ››› more
  • [17 May 2016]
  • The one thing that can turn your dismissal into a CCMA nightmare
  • Here's a scenario: Angelo has been called to a disciplinary hearing because he assaulted a fellow employee. During the hearing, the Chairperson refuses to listen to his side of the story, for the simple reason that the evidence is overwhelmingly against him. All in all, Angelo is fired, after which he refers the case to the CCMA. In the CCMA, the Arbitrator agrees that Angelo is definitely guil... ››› more
  • [16 May 2016]
  • Two simple strategies to effectively deal with workplace desertion
  • Here's the scenario: An employee of yours has not come to work for several days now, and in that space of time he's made no effort to contact you with a valid explanation. In a situation like this, the chances are, he's deserted you. And you'll probably want to dismiss him. But unfortunately, it's not that simple! You see, it's up to you to prove it was actually his intention to desert... ››› more
  • [11 May 2016]
  • Thinking of getting rid of a pregnant employee? Think again! Here's why
  • Discrimination in the workplace is generally considered intolerable in South African law, and this includes discrimination against pregnant employees. But this doesn't stop employers from trying their luck. But be careful if you're thinking along those lines! Because the chances are that you won't be able to get away with it. In the following case, you'll see just what happened to an e... ››› more
  • [06 May 2016]
  • Three steps to take if you suspect an employee is stealing from you
  • Many employers have been asking what must happen if they strongly believe an employee is stealing from them. Well, the answer is simple: You need to take action! Follow your gut! Because by ignoring your suspicions, all you'll be doing is paying for more and more missing items in your workplace. So to help you take action, here are three steps you should take if you suspect an employee is ... ››› more
  • [06 May 2016]
  • Here's how to legally entrap an employee
  • Scenario: You believe that one of your cleaners is stealing cleaning products from your storeroom, but you have no solid evidence. Now what? You may consider entrapment. This is when you lure someone into committing an offence for the purpose of building up evidence against them. But it's not that simple! Because one wrong move will amount to your entrapment attempt being unfair. So to... ››› more
  • [06 May 2016]
  • One vital tip when preparing for Conciliation
  • Should you ever be faced with a dispute over a dismissal, the chances are you'll have to go through Conciliation. This is a very useful process as it gives you and your employee the chance to settle a dispute out of Court. But just because it isn't the Court, doesn't mean it's unimportant! You have to prepare thoroughly for the Conciliation process. In this article, we'll reveal the mo... ››› more
  • [03 May 2016]
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