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  • 'Equal pay for work of equal value'. What exactly does it mean?
  • 'Equal pay for work of equal value'. What exactly does it mean?
    'Equal pay for work of equal value'. What exactly does it mean? With Employment Equity, there's a phrase 'equal work for pay of equal value'. Now this may seem straightforward, but the truth is that many can't help but ask, 'What exactly constitutes work of equal value?' After all, how can you determine equal value if you don't even know what to look out for? Let's a look... Wha... ››› more
  • [03 February 2017]
  • Four occasions when you can dismiss for insubordination
  • Four occasions when you can dismiss for insubordination
    John just told you to 'get knotted'. Mary ignored your direct instruction and Peter just cost you one of your biggest clients for not doing his job properly. These are all cases if insubordinations and it's always such a tricky subject because it's so difficult to prove. And that's why it's so difficult to dismiss for it! Keep reading to find out when an employee's being insubordinate and... ››› more
  • [30 January 2017]
  • Employment Equity Act change: What does 'EE steps and measures' mean?
  • Employment Equity Act change: What does 'EE steps and measures' mean?
    The Employment Equity Act amendments are still causing quite a lot of concern for employers. The provisions mean you'll now have to increase your efforts to not only get more diversity into your organisation, but also actively eliminate unfair discrimination in all areas of work. On top of this, you also have to thrash out exactly how you plan to do it. Then add that level of detail to your ... ››› more
  • [27 January 2017]
  • Two ways to postpone that arbitration date if it doesn't suit you
  • Two ways to postpone that arbitration date if it doesn't suit you
    One of the things you must do when you receive notice of the arbitration is to check if the date and time suits you. If it doesn't, you have two options...Read on to find out what they are so you can use postpone an arbitration hearing if you need to. When it comes to arbitration, the CCMA has to give the parties (you and your employee) at least three weeks' (21 calendar days) notice of the dat... ››› more
  • [27 January 2017]
  • Four performance management activities to make your job easier
  • Four performance management activities to make your job easier
    I had some very interesting discussions with a client over the past month about the challenges of managing performance. He was complaining that it's very time intensive to stand over each of his employees, checking they're doing their job. He isn't getting his own work done and he's getting more and more despondent as time goes on.   Luckily for my client there is help at hand and we're implemen... ››› more
  • [24 January 2017]
  • Preparing for CCMA conciliation? Here's what to consider when it comes to costs
  • Preparing for CCMA conciliation? Here's what to consider when it comes to costs
    Conciliation is a process that takes place at the CCMA and at bargaining councils. It's a negotiation process where parties try to reach a settlement agreement to resolve the dispute. A CCMA commissioner (conciliator) facilitates this attempt to reach an 'out of court' settlement. One of the things you must do when preparing for CCMA conciliation is to consider how much this process will cos... ››› more
  • [23 January 2017]
  • 7 Vital questions about sick leave over holiday periods....
  • 7 Vital questions about sick leave over holiday periods....
    Did you see an increase in the number of staff calling in sick over this holiday period? Are you expecting a flurry of sick notes from them because they were absent on the working days that fell amidst all the public holidays? We receive a lot of interesting questions about sick leave...  Questions that are probably on your mind too! Let's have a look at them… .............................. ››› more
  • [19 January 2017]
  • Cover your bases if an employee often goes AWOL
  • Cover your bases if an employee often goes AWOL
    Some employees do all they can to stay away from work - call in sick in the morning, go home early so they don't miss a doctor's appointment, not come in at all because it's their aunt's funeral (AGAIN!). That's all good and well if it's already been discussed with you beforehand or they bring you proof of their absence, like a sick note. But what do you do if your employee goes absent without lea... ››› more
  • [18 January 2017]
  • Three things NOT to do when dealing with temporary employee contracts
  • Three things NOT to do when dealing with temporary employee contracts
    'As a rule, unless the temporary worker is merely relieving a permanent post, it is most unwise for you to employ someone as a temporary worker in a position that is permanent,' says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service. Here are three reasons why you shouldn't break this rule ... According to The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, the purpose of an employment contract is to ... ››› more
  • [16 January 2017]
  • Can your employee take all his sick leave or must it be pro-rated?
  • Can your employee take all his sick leave or must it be pro-rated?
    One of the common questions regarding sick leave is: Can an employee take all his sick leave or must it be pro-rated? Read on to find out what labour law says about this. The answer to this leave question is as follows: 'Your employee is allowed to take his full sick leave allowance at the beginning of the sick leave cycle – that is, it's not pro-rated over a period of time,' says the Lab... ››› more
  • [16 January 2017]
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