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Want to effectively deal with dismissal? Familiarise yourself with the Code of Good Practice for Dismissal

by , 29 September 2014
When it comes to managing and implementing employment equity, the Code of Good Practice on the Preparation, Implementation & Monitoring of Employment Equity Plans comes in handy. It guides you on key aspects of Employment Equity Plans.

And when it comes to dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace, the Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases is your best bet.

But what about dismissal? Is there a code to guide you on this complex issue?

Yes, there is. It's the Code of Good Practice for Dismissal.

Read on to find out what the code says so you can effectively deal with dismissal and disciplinary issues in your workplace.


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The Code of Good Practice for Dismissal has this to say about dismissal and discipline


#1: The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service explains that according to the code, you must adopt disciplinary rules that establish the standard of conduct you require from your employees. The form and content will vary according to the size and nature of your business.

#2: Rules must create certainty and consistency in the application of discipline.

#3: You have to make your rules clear and available to your employees in a manner they understand.

#4: You have to make an effort to correct your employee's behaviour through a system of progressive discipline.

This means, you don't necessarily have to institute formal disciplinary procedures every time employees break rules or fail to meet the standards you require.

#5: When it comes to misconduct, you can issue written warnings and grade them according to the severity of the transgression.

#6: Serious infringements or repeated misconduct may call for a final written warning.

#7: The code calls on you to reserve dismissal for cases of serious misconduct or repeated offences.
 
Familiarising yourself with the Code of Good Practice for Dismissal will help ensure you effectively deal with dismissal and disciplinary issues effectively.

PS: We strongly recommend you check out the "You're Fired!" Your guide to substantive and procedurally fair dismissals. It has all the information you need to make sure your dimissals are legally compliant.



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