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  • Employee privacy: What are your rights as the employer?
  • Employee privacy: What are your rights as the employer?
    Where do your employees' rights to privacy end and your right to protect your business begin? What if you need to protect your company from employee theft? Or have to protect it from slander through employee emails? These are just two of the circumstances that could force you to invade your employees' privacy. But before you do, make sure you know what your company's obligations are when it comes ... ››› more
  • [10 February 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]
  • 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 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]
  • Seven benefits of having a company code of conduct
  • Seven benefits of having a company code of conduct
    Did you know that having a code of conduct in place can help prevent fraud and theft in your company? That's because it ensures you and your employees do the right thing even when 'no one is looking'. Read on to discover the seven benefits of having a code of conduct in your company so you can implement one. A code of conduct is the foundation for all your companies' policies and procedures. Th... ››› more
  • [30 November 2016]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Your employee absconded? Follow these six steps to deal with him
  • Your employee absconded? Follow these six steps to deal with him
    Let's assume one of your employees hasn't come to work for a week. You can't get hold of him and you have no idea if he's coming back to work. He's literally just absconded. What should you do in this situation? Let's have a look... Desertion or abscondment is when your employee is absent for so long you get the impression he doesn't intend to return to work. He hasn't informed you of his where... ››› more
  • [21 October 2016]
  • 59% of your staff could be stealing confidential information... Here's how to stop it NOW!
  • 59% of your staff could be stealing confidential information... Here's how to stop it NOW!
    Did you know 59% of employees steal sensitive and confidential information from the company they work for? And I'm pretty sure you don't want your information to end up in your competitors' hands, having your ex-employee using it to start his own business to compete with you, or even risk the wrath of POPI when your employee sells private information. But you don't have to panic, here's wha... ››› more
  • [12 August 2016]
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