Discipline and dismissal
- Case law: Dismissal of an arrested employee when the trust relationship has been affected
- One of the good things about previous court cases is that they're a learning curve. You can study them and avoid making the same mistakes.
Read on to find out how the courts have dealt with the dismissal of an arrested employee when the trust relationship has been damaged.
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- [18 August 2016]
- Can I discipline an employee who's sending or receiving porn at work?
- You'll be amazed at the things some employees do at work.
And with a lot of companies introducing free WiFi, many employees abuse this company perk that's meant to help them do their jobs better.
Recently, we've been seeing a lot of cases where employers are complaining that employees are using free WiFi for things that have nothing to do with the job. This includes sending and receiving por... ››› more
- [18 August 2016]
- Make sure you're using this disciplinary style before firing an employee
- Some employers may be stricter than others, but that doesn't mean that they're exempt from the law! What this means is that you can't just dismiss an employee if you're unhappy with him. No, you have to follow a certain disciplinary style, as is required under Schedule 8 of the Labour Relations Act.
I'm specifically referring to Progressive discipline. You have to implement it in your workplac... ››› more
- [12 August 2016]
- Four secret weapons to draft allegations, so you can fire an employee legally!
- You fired Craig last month for forging a false proof of purchase and stealing. Now he's taken you to the CCMA.
You followed the right steps; both substantively and procedurally. You even had a labour lawyer check your documents. But you did this one thing wrong and now you could lose your case.
You didn't draft the allegations against him on his 'Notice to Attend the Disciplinary Hearing' ... ››› more
- [12 August 2016]
- When, how and why can you dismiss a drunk employee?
- Let's say one of your employees' returns to the office after his Friday lunch, drunk. What would you do?
• Fire him on the spot?
• Give him one week's notice and then he must be out of there?
• Give him a letter of dismissal first thing on Monday morning?
Did you know that if your employee's an alcoholic and you did any of the above actions he could take you to the CCMA? And you coul... ››› more
- [08 August 2016]
- Seven elements of gross insubordination you need to know before you dismiss an employee
- You instruct your employee to send you daily reports. After two weeks of asking him every day, you still haven't seen one report. He's blatantly ignoring your request.
What can you do?
In labour terms, this is insubordination. It's where the employee refuses to carry out a lawful instruction.
You can dismiss for an isolated incident if it's very serious (gross) and violates your employer-... ››› more
- [05 August 2016]
- Here's what you can do if an employee bad-mouths you on social media
- We live in a day and age where social media has a huge influence on business. So much so that any negative comments can sink your company!
So what can you do if an employee rips you and your company apart on social media? The answer is simple: You can take action! And in this article, I'll tell you how.
Keep reading to find out what you can do...
In just 30 mi... ››› more
- [03 August 2016]
- Read this before you dismiss an AWOL employee or be prepared for an unfair dismissal case
- Want to know why so many employers find themselves at the CCMA or Labour Court for unfair dismissal?
They deal with absenteeism without permission or AWOL incorrectly, say the experts at the Labour & HR Club. And if you decide on the spot that your employee has absconded or deserted with the intention to never return and dismiss him, he can take you to the CCMA and he'll probabl... ››› more
- [25 July 2016]
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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- [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...
Everythi... ››› more
- [18 May 2016]