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  • 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]
  • 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]
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