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  • Is there a difference between CCMA conciliation and arbitration?
  • Is there a difference between CCMA conciliation and arbitration?
    Our labour experts get a lot of questions regarding labour issues. One question that keeps coming up is whether or not there's a difference between CCMA conciliation and arbitration. The short answer to this question is 'yes'. Keep reading as we explain how CCMA conciliation and arbitration differ so you can handle the process of dispute resolution effectively and lawfully. Yes, the... ››› more
  • [13 January 2017]
  • The real cost of unresolved conflict in the workplace
  • The real cost of unresolved conflict in the workplace
    Most managers have a natural inclination not to deal with conflict in the workplace. After all, it's easier to ignore something in the hope that it'll go away. It normally doesn't. Employees can stew over issues for months. Here are the consequences of unresolved conflict in the workplace. According to the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management, there are many sources of workplace confli... ››› more
  • [11 January 2017]
  • Don't hire the wrong employee
  • Don't hire the wrong employee
    I'm sure you know the best potential employees prepare for an interview. They study, they research and they rehearse. They think about what they can say to make you hire them over anyone else. But what about you? Do you make sure you're prepared to ask the right questions? Do you get the right information from the candidate to make sure he can do the job? If not, you could be hiring the wr... ››› more
  • [09 January 2017]
  • Retrenching? Do these five things to reduce potential problems
  • Retrenching? Do these five things to reduce potential problems
    You must deal with the retrenchment process properly. The reasons? The nature of this dismissal makes things tough for you from the start. There's bound to be some resistance when you dismiss employees for operational reasons and not because they've done something wrong. Your employees and their representatives will scrutinise your every move and WILL challenge you if they believe you're... ››› more
  • [09 January 2017]
  • Five legal requirements you must comply with before you deduct your employee's salary
  • Five legal requirements you must comply with before you deduct your employee's salary
    Does your employee owe you money? Have you tried to get him to pay you back of his own accord with no luck? Find out the five legal requirements you must comply with before you deduct the amount from his salary. In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), there are standard deductions you're allowed to make from your employees' salary. For example, you can deduct tax from an empl... ››› more
  • [06 January 2017]
  • Revealed: The only way to ensure you have a watertight annual leave policy
  • Revealed: The only way to ensure you have a watertight annual leave policy
    You employees need to know what's allowed and what isn't when it comes to leave. If you don't make this clear, they'll simply plead ignorance and your business will suffer irreparable damage. The damage includes lost productivity and annual leave abuse. Don't let your company suffer. Make sure you have a legally sound annual leave policy that includes the following eight points... If you want t... ››› more
  • [06 January 2017]
  • Does your annual leave policy contain this ONE glaring gap?
  • Does your annual leave policy contain this ONE glaring gap?
    Most annual leave policies are largely made up of legal annual leave entitlements. But their structure of can change from business to business. Because of this, most annual leave policies neglect to include ONE very important part. Read on to make sure your annual leave policy doesn't have a big hole in it. *********************************** All your annual leave questions answered!   ... ››› more
  • [05 January 2017]
  • 5 things your employee has to prove to win a case of constructive dismissal against you
  • 5 things your employee has to prove to win a case of constructive dismissal against you
    We all like to think the working environment we create for our employees is a positive one. But in the high-stress environment that seems an inevitable part of the modern working world, some employees may find themselves in circumstances that they simply can't tolerate. And they'll resign to escape. When they do, you're at risk of claims of a constructive dismissal... If your employee's claims are... ››› more
  • [04 January 2017]
  • A much needed clarification: How to distinguish absenteeism from desertion
  • A much needed clarification: How to distinguish absenteeism from desertion
    Do you know when an employee's absence changes from absence without permission (AWOL), to actual desertion? In case you don't, we want to tell you that courts see these as two separate offences, and so must you. Here's why... What's the difference between absenteeism from desertion? Absenteeism is generally a short period of time off without the employee getting permission. In this case, he... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Can your employee take annual leave in his notice period?
  • Can your employee take annual leave in his notice period?
    Employers have a lot of questions regarding annual leave. One of these questions is whether or not employees are allowed to take annual leave during their notice period. Read on to find out what the law says... When it comes to annual leave, it's important that you stick to what the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) says you must do. So what does the BCEA say about an employee taking le... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Do you ask all candidates to show you a copy of their previous payslip? Is this legal?
  • Do you ask all candidates to show you a copy of their previous payslip? Is this legal?
    We all do it... We ask to see a potential employee's payslip. But this practice can quickly sour the recruitment process if you ask to see salary payment information at the offering stage. Why? Well, because employees often feel you should pay them what they're worth - and not based on their previous earnings. Keep reading to find out what a study revealed... ***** Need to recruit ... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Can Sarah refer the matter to the CCMA if her grievance remains unresolved?
  • Can Sarah refer the matter to the CCMA if her grievance remains unresolved?
    Your employee, Sarah, lodges a complaint in writing as per your grievance procedure. She explains to you that she's not happy because her office is in a noisy area and she can't do her work properly. You investigate the matter and you find there's nothing you can do about the noise because the company next door is doing renovations and you can't stop them. As a result, Sarah's grievance r... ››› more
  • [19 December 2016]
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