Policies and Procedures
- Here's how to ensure your company's anti-racism campaign doesn't have the same holes as Cape Town's
- Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille, is in the firing line again. This time from the Institute for Race Relations.
It's attacked what de Lillle did on Human Rights Day this weekend when she launched the city's race dialogue.
According to news reports, it's worried that: 'Without clear policy changes to create economic opportunities for all, the City of Cape Town's new anti-racism campaign c... ››› more
- [24 March 2015]
- Six legal requirements you need to know about managing pregnant employees
- You can't unfairly discriminate against an employee because of her pregnancy. It doesn't matter if it's direct or indirect discrimination (Section 6, EEA).
This is just one requirement you need to know about when it comes to managing pregnant employees. There are five other dos and don'ts you need to know about managing pregnant employees so you can protect yourself against an unfair labour pr... ››› more
- [23 March 2015]
- What happens if your employee doesn't come back to work after the weekend?
- If your employee doesn't come back to work after a weekend or holiday, you can't just dismiss him. There are legal and fair ways you must follow to notify him of his absconsion and explain to him the consequences of his actions before you take action.
Read on to discover what they are...
Here are the steps you must take to notify your employee what will happen if he doesn't come back to work... ››› more
- [23 March 2015]
- Do you have to pay your employee an annual salary increase? Here's what labour law says
- Recently, The National Union of Mineworkers said that it will submit its wage demands in the gold and coal mining sectors by the end of March.
This because wage agreements in the two sectors expire in June 2015.
However, the union will submit its demands to employers this month. And you can bet they'll be asking for more money for their workers.
What about you? When it comes to your emp... ››› more
- [11 March 2015]
- Five annoying leave questions you will never have to wonder about again
- If you think you're overworked, think again, this would be a gross understatement. As a manager, you have a lot of tasks to fill, yet a serious amount of time is wasted when your employees ask you hundreds of questions about leave you think they should already know the answers to. Questions like 'How much leave do I have left and is it paid or unpaid?' or… 'Will you accept this sick note from m... ››› more
- [10 March 2015]
- Your employee is busy, but unproductive. What should you do?
- You've most definitely had an employee who seems to be extremely busy but delivers little work.
This is a straightforward case of poor performance and since it's directly affecting the company, you have to deal with this.
Several facts may lead to this. Your employee may not be prepared enough for the job or he might not have all the required skills for the job. Mistakes can be made in the re... ››› more
- [05 March 2015]
- Verbal and written warnings: Do you know when to use them?
- As an employer, you have the right to apply sanctions depending on the severity of the act or the circumstances under which is committed.
You have four options you can use:
- a verbal warning
- a written warning
- a final written warning
- a dismissal.
Note! In the Disciplinary Code you have to explain the order of the warnings! Can they be followed by a dismissal? Can the dismissal onl... ››› more
- [05 March 2015]
- "Employee morale is a necessary consideration during wage negotiations" says Samwu
- On Tuesday, the South African Local Government Association (Salga) announced that it was encouraged and optimistic after it started wage negotiations in the municipal sector.
This because the parties have finally agreed to give up the positional bargaining and consider the "interest of the country, financial statements, macroeconomic policies, as well as the interests of trade union members," a... ››› more
- [04 March 2015]
- What should you do if your workers refuse your wage offer?
- At the beginning of this week, salary negotiations between the the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union and the South African Local Government Association's (Salga), opened at a wage offer of a 4.4%.
The negotiations take into consideration the wages for 230,000 municipal workers in 278 municipalities.
And news yesterday revealed that the initial offer has been rejected.
Have yo... ››› more
- [04 March 2015]
- When do you have to appoint health and safety representatives to monitor health and safety conditions?
- The appointment of health and safety representatives is a legal requirement.
Your company needs to designate representatives in writing, for a specified period of time.
It is important to note that the appointment of representatives should be done in accordance with the agreement as contemplated in the General Administrative Regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
But wh... ››› more
- [03 March 2015]
- Put this procedure in place to make sure your managers follow the correct process when employees lodge grievances
- As an employer, you know that when employees lodge grievances at work, you must deal with the matter ASAP and in a fair manner. After all, ignoring employee grievances could lead to lawsuits.
Your employee can sue you for pain and suffering, if for example, you ignore her sexual harassment grievance.
But do your managers - who deal with your employees on a day-to-day basis - know how to dea... ››› more
- [27 February 2015]
- Refusing to obey a task or an instruction. How do you solve this?
- If you are confronted with a situation when the employee refuses to obey an instruction, there are several aspects for you to keep in mind.
A very common reason for refusal is the argument that the new task is not in the job description. Have you ever been confronted with that? How can you deal with it when it happens?
You should know that if the required task falls within the parameters of t... ››› more
- [23 February 2015]