Policies and Procedures
- The policy you wish you didn't need to have...
- Earlier last month, I wrote about sexual harassment in the workplace and what you need to do to stop it.
I won't go into the details again here. You can read the bulletin here.
Hopefully, you don't work in an environment anything like the one in which these incidents occurred. But I want to point out is that unlawful sexual harassment can take the form of a much more subtle beast…
Ri... ››› more
- [08 July 2016]
- Here's how to prevent trade unions from using your business's communication Systems
- So here's the scenario: A trade union pitches up at your office and has a long list of demands regarding rights over your business's communication systems.
In that list, they:
· Demand access to your facilities in order to communicate with their members as well as to carry out other duties of trade union representatives;
· demand that you don't monitor these systems ... ››› more
- [10 May 2016]
- 6 Elements your grievance policies and procedures must contain
- Where there are employees, there are sure to be grievances. And so it's very important that you have grievance policies and procedures in the workplace.
Having them will help you resolve issues in the workplace as soon as possible, which in turn can help maintain employee satisfaction and performance.
To ensure that your own grievance policies and procedures are effective, make sure they con... ››› more
- [19 April 2016]
- Be legally-compliant by including these 5 sections in your AA policy
- Affirmative Action refers to the creation, development and retention of a workplace that's culturally diverse. And by law, you're required to draw up an Affirmative Action policy in achieving this.
Now, what this policy basically does is it guides the implementation of affirmative action in your workplace. In other words, it lays out what you intend to do in the workplace regarding affirmative ... ››› more
- [04 February 2016]
- Don't discriminate in your employment policies and practices! Include these eight points in them
- Discrimination in the workplace is looked at very seriously in South Africa! Any discrimination in the workplace can lead to fines of up to R2.7 million or even as much as 10% of your turnover per incident!
It' is up to you to ensure your employment policies and practices are free of any discrimination.
Here are eight points you should include in your employment policies and practices so as... ››› more
- [06 September 2015]
- Here is how an effective disciplinary policy should be laid out
- A disciplinary policy is a very important part of any organisation. Having a well-structured
disciplinary policy that clearly sets out what it intends to address is something that will ensure the
smooth running of your company. Here are some tips on what to include in your disciplinary policy...
1. State the purpose of the policy:
Your disciplinary policy needs to explain that ... ››› more
- [12 August 2015]
- Why you need a grievance procedure!
- Grievances are something that employers will inevitably come across at some stage or another. So, having a grievance procedure in place for any employees who might feel unhappy is very important. Here's why...
There are general – and very practical reasons – as to why you need a grievance procedure:
Firstly, it helps your employees know what to do if they have a grievance. Seco... ››› more
- [07 August 2015]
- Can you require a manager to work overtime on Sundays and public holidays and not pay him anything extra?
- You have a lady by the name of Judy who works for you. She's one of the managers at your firm.
Next week, you need Judy to work overtime. You need her to come in on a Sunday as well as on the Monday. And, the Monday happens to be a public holiday.
But now, you aren't sure whether or not she's entitled to overtime...
Are managers entitled to overtime like all other employees? Or don't you ... ››› more
- [16 July 2015]
- Can you make an employee work 45 hours before paying him overtime?
- Some of your workers work on Saturdays and Sundays. When they do, they earn overtime.
But now, you have a problem. Some of your overtime workers are starting to take weekdays off - so they don't even work 45 hours! But they're always available on weekends to work overtime.
How can you resolve this? Can you oblige them to work 45 hours before qualifying to work overtime? Here's your answer...... ››› more
- [10 July 2015]
- Retrenchment myth busted: You CAN retrench employees during a Section 197 procedure
- Some people are under the impression that if a company's being transferred or sold, employees can't be retrenched. This is untrue!
Let's say, for example, you're buying a company called The Packaging Co. You want to merge this company with a company you currently own, Jacoby Packaging.
In the merged business, you're going to end up with two receptionists and two general managers. And you do... ››› more
- [09 July 2015]
- Internet abuse cuts into your employee's productivity. In fact, studies show they spend 8% of their working day on personal activities. Facebook alone is responsible for about 2% of this!
What does this mean for you as the employer?
- [02 July 2015]
- Don't wait for a formal complaint to take action against an abusive employee... Here's why
- It can happen that one employee is abusive towards another. This can leave the victim feeling harassed, belittled and uncomfortable.
And even looking for a new job if you don't do anything to handle the situation properly!
Before an event of abuse gets intolerable for the victim (or victims) in your workplace, you must take action. And you don't need to wait for a formal complaint to come i... ››› more
- [01 July 2015]