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  • Here's why your company MUST have an unpaid leave policy
  • Requests for unpaid leave are a common workplace occurrence. And there are several rules that fall under the notion of the unpaid leave policy. Today, we're going to look at this in depth and show you what you need to know. Everything you need to know about unpaid leave First of all, remember that leave without pay should only be considered in exceptional circumstances and granted subject ... ››› more
  • [02 April 2015]
  • Ground-breaking labour law ruling: Court grants gay dad full maternity leave benefits
  • It's all over the news: A gay father in Durban has been granted FULL maternity leave (four month's paid leave) to take care of his baby who was born through a surrogate mother. Read on to discover why the court ruled in favour of the father and what this means for your company.   The reason the court granted full maternity leave is simple   According to reports, the father ... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • Sick leave certificates: Can you force your employee to disclose what's wrong with him?
  • Back in 2002, Government stated that doctors no longer have to disclose illnesses on sick leave certificates without a patient's permission. This because the Health Professions Council of SA ruled this was illegal in terms of the constitutional right to privacy as well as doctors' ethical duty to preserve patient confidentiality. Why are we talking about this issue 13 years later? Because sh... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • Jolene's getting her boobs done and wants sick leave! Do you grant it?
  • These days, cosmetic surgery is pretty commonplace. Just look around the office, the number of people who've chosen to have an elective procedure will surprise you. But what do you do when you're sales manager, Jolene, comes up to you with a sick leave request for the days she'll be off having and recovering from her boob job. Is this something you need to grant as sick leave or does it fa... ››› more
  • [27 March 2015]
  • Take a look at this example to establish a fair Family Responsibility Leave Policy
  • Today, we're giving you a perfect example of how to fix a Family Responsibility Leave Policy in your company. Here's a sample template of XYZ Co's Family responsibility leave policy As a first step, you need to fix a perspective on this and mention that XYZ Co recognises that its employees have individual and family responsibilities – especially under extenuating circumstance, such as the ... ››› more
  • [26 March 2015]
  • Antenatal appointments and pregnant employees: What are your legal obligations?
  • Pregnancy... Oh, it's a magical thing. But when it's your employee who's pregnant, it comes with LOTS of time off. After all, a pregnant employee has to go for approximately eight to ten antenatal appointments with her doctor or midwife during the first 32 weeks of her pregnancy. Thereafter, she'll go fortnightly, even weekly, until her child is born. But do you have to pay for all this... ››› more
  • [26 March 2015]
  • Sipho's asked for sick leave to go to the specialist - should you grant it?
  • You know the drill: Thandi asks for sick leave to go to the dentist... Tyron wants to take one day of paid sick leave to go to the physio... And Jane's just let you know that she needs to go to the dermatologist to get a mole burnt out tomorrow and needs half a sick day to do it. But should you grant these requests as sick leave or not? Read on to find out...   ********** Reader... ››› more
  • [25 March 2015]
  • Your employee's cousin just died. Should you grant him family responsibility leave?
  • It's a legal requirement to grant your employees' family responsibility leave. That's three days paid leave per annum (Basic Conditions of Employment Act). But judging from the questions we get on the labourandhrclub site, many employers get taken for a ride by their staff when it comes to family responsibility leave (FRL). For example, your employee applies for family responsibility leave a... ››› more
  • [23 March 2015]
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