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  • Seven points to include in your absenteeism policy
  • Seven points to include in your absenteeism policy
    Absenteeism is a billion rand problem and there's no doubt your company suffers this scourge. Employees arriving late and leaving early, being off sick regularly or taking extended lunch and smoke breaks are all forms of absenteeism. Here are seven points you must include in your absenteeism policy to reduce this type of absenteeism. Having an absenteeism policy in place is one way to reduce ab... ››› more
  • [16 November 2016]
  • Checklist: Eight Requirements for a fair hearing
  • Checklist: Eight Requirements for a fair hearing
    So, you need to have a disciplinary hearing for an employee... But did you know that all disciplinary hearings must be procedurally fair? This means the process you use for disciplining or dismissing an employee must be fair. These processes or procedures include: Giving the employee counselling and prior warnings; Following processes of corrective meetings or disciplinary hearings;... ››› more
  • [16 November 2016]
  • Have you amended your domestic worker's salary for December?
  • Have you amended your domestic worker's salary for December?
    There's been a recent increase in the minimum wages for domestic workers. It comes into effect on 1 December 2016 and will apply until 30 November 2017. This increase is part of an annual binding determination by the minister in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.   But before you increase the wages, you must know which Sectoral Determination you fall under. Let's have a look.... ››› more
  • [15 November 2016]
  • Issue a written warning in five easy steps
  • Issue a written warning in five easy steps
    As an employer issuing a written warning to an employee for poor work performance or wrong doing is something you'll face at least once in your career. It's not pleasant, but it's vital to ensure work is carried out efficiently by a lacklustre employee. But it's not as simple as that. Issuing a written warning incorrectly can be costly and land you at the CCMA. So make sure you follow these fi... ››› more
  • [14 November 2016]
  • Is a retrenchment like any other dismissal or is there a difference?
  • Is a retrenchment like any other dismissal or is there a difference?
    The current economic conditions have made retrenchments a harsh reality. As the economy continues to move at a slow pace, chances are you may also be forced to restructure your business in the near future. Read on to discover how a retrenchment differs from a dismissal so you can comply with labour law. If you're still unsure how a retrenchment differs from a dismissal, the Labour Law for Manag... ››› more
  • [10 November 2016]
  • Is there a Stinky Sue in your company?
  • Is there a Stinky Sue in your company?
    At this time of year, we all tend to over indulge a little - be it that extra helping of garlic snails during a client lunch, or the extra shot (or two) of alcohol. And there's going to come a time when you need to approach an employee about the rather potent odour seeping through her pores - be it now, or in the future. To be fair, we all indulge in a smelly meal every now and then. But what ... ››› more
  • [08 November 2016]
  • Six rules to stick to when deducting money from an employee's salary
  • Six rules to stick to when deducting money from an employee's salary
    We recently received a question from an employer who wanted to know if he could deduct damages from his employee's salary for damages to a company truck he was driving. They believe he was negligent because he didn't report that the truck's clutch wasn't working and drove even though the clutch was broken. They were going to hold a disciplinary hearing and, if he's found guilty want to deduct the ... ››› more
  • [04 November 2016]
  • Three golden rules to help you write 100% legally compliant HR policies and procedures
  • Three golden rules to help you write 100% legally compliant HR policies and procedures
    Having all your HR policies and procedures in place is one of the best things you can do for your business. The reason? They'll help you deal with disciplinary and performance issues as well as employee grievances. This means you'll always act in a fair manner. And avoid the risk of disputes and landing up at the CCMA for unfair labour practices. But you can only reap these benefits if yo... ››› more
  • [02 November 2016]
  • Five areas to tread carefully when you're hiring to avoid a CCMA case
  • Five areas to tread carefully when you're hiring to avoid a CCMA case
    Getting the right people on board in your business is very important. Especially since it isn't always that easy to dismiss people once you've hired them! You can use application for employment forms to ask applicants a range of questions to help you when you're recruiting. But you have to make sure you can legally ask the questions... Because an employee can take you to the CCMA for unfair discri... ››› more
  • [31 October 2016]
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