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Indonesian governor fires female secretaries to 'stop extra-marital affairs' - avoid unfair dismissals before you land on the news and in the CCMA!

by , 16 July 2013
An Indonesian governor has dismissed dozens of secretaries so that his ministers would stop having affairs. Sounds ridiculous, right? You might never imagine yourself doing something that clearly constitutes unfair dismissal - you might not end up on the news, but if you don't know these crucial dismissal facts, you might end up in the CCMA anyway!

A string of extra-marital affairs may have lowered the productivity of Rusli Habibie's province (The Telegraph), but the fact that he summarily dismissed dozens of female employees has given him a world of hurt. The reasoning behind Governor Habibie's decision may seem bizarre (if there are no female secretaries, male bosses can't have affairs?), but your own reasons for dismissing an employee might have a similarly wild ring in a CCMA counselor's ear!

Here's how to avoid landing up in the CCMA – or even on the news!

According to The Practical Guide for Human Resource Management, dismissal becomes unfair when you can't prove either (or both) of these two things:
  1. You must prove the reason for firing the employee was fair
  2. You must prove you followed the right procedures when dismissing your worker

Remember, the burden of proof is always on you, the employer. The CCMA will always be on your employee's side, no matter how much you think they deserved to be fired!

Often, you might have a valid reason for firing a worker (they aren't performing, or were caught stealing from you, for example) but where you might stumble is following the correct procedures. Unless you follow your policy when it comes to dismissing, the CCMA will force you to pay up!

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