- Can your employee take annual leave in his notice period?
- Employers have a lot of questions regarding annual leave. One of these questions is whether or not employees are allowed to take annual leave during their notice period. Read on to find out what the law says... When it comes to annual leave, it's important that you stick to what the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) says you must do.
So what does the BCEA say about an employee taking le... ››› more
- [03 January 2017]
- Are you obliged to grant study leave, leave for sporting activities, unpaid leave and special leave? Here's what the law says
- As you know, an employee who's been employed for longer than four months and works at least four days a week is entitled, during any leave cycle, to three days' paid family responsibility leave.
But, do you know what the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) says about study leave, leave for sporting activities, unpaid leave and special leave? Read on to find out...
If you're not sure o... ››› more
- [01 December 2016]
- 7 Key changes to labour broker relationships you MUST know
- Labour brokers provide companies with labour and services. And if you use them, then it's vital to know that several changes, under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act have been made to labour broker relationships.
These have been in effect since April 2015. And so, because of its relatively recent amendments, it's important for you to ensure that you're complyi... ››› more
- [23 November 2015]
- Know these five facts when it comes to family responsibility leave
- According to Section 27(2) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), family responsibility leave is leave you have to give when:
· An employee's child is born;
· When your employee's child is sick; or when
· An employee's life partner, spouse, parent, adoptive parent, grandparent, child, adoptive child, sibling or grandchild passes on.
On top of that, and... ››› more
- [30 September 2015]
- Case law: Can employees work excessive overtime during 'peak' periods?
- There may be times when you require your employees to work overtime. But what if you need them to work excessive overtime so as to meet your requirements during 'peak' periods?
Read on to find out: Case: Maneche & Others v CCMA & Others (Northern Cape Mushrooms)
Here, a mushroom farm in the Northern Cape, namely Northern Cape Mushrooms, had employees who were working excessive overtime in... ››› more
- [29 September 2015]
- You don't have to pay for maternity leave. But these are your options if you decide to pay...
- You don't have to pay your employee while she's on maternity leave.
The BCEA only requires that you give your pregnant employee at least four consecutive months' maternity leave. It's at your company's discretion to pay all, or a portion of, the employee's salary during maternity leave.
But if you decide to pay for maternity leave, these are your options...
Mat... ››› more
- [07 September 2015]
- Has an employee taken leave without your approval? Here's what you can do
- Your employee Rachel has over 50 days' of leave due to her. A few weeks ago, she asked you if she could take some leave and you agreed to it.
Rachel wanted to take all 50 days of her leave. Because she's working on a client contract, you explained to her that she can only take 30 days at this stage. She agreed to this.
After this agreement, Rachel went on leave but she stayed home for an ext... ››› more
- [04 August 2015]
- There are four types of employment contracts the BCEA recognises. Make sure you use the right one...
- I'm sure you know by now that you must give all your employees employment contracts when they start work for you.
And, this legal requirement comes with hefty penalties if you don't comply.
But the question we usually get from our readers is: 'How I do know if I'm using the right contract'?
Well, there are only four types of employment contracts the BCEA recognises. Keep reading to find o... ››› more
- [20 July 2015]
- You can't delay an employee's leave to get a project finished - here's why
- At the beginning of the year, the previous CEO of a company agreed to your employee, Rosie, going on an overseas holiday in October.
Since this agreement, you've taken over as the new CEO of the company and refuse to give Rosie time off. You have, however, offered to pay for all expenses she might incur in cancelling her trip. You've also promised to give her paid leave at a later stage. Her le... ››› more
- [17 July 2015]
- Can an employee claim sick leave while she's on annual leave?
- Your employee Vanessa took leave last month for two weeks. She set off to Greece for an extravagant and relaxing summer holiday. This came out of her annual leave.
Today, Vanessa returned to work. She told you she fell sick on the plane on her way to Greece. As a result, she was sick her entire holiday, and still is. She claims she couldn't enjoy it and spent most of the time in her hotel room ... ››› more
- [15 July 2015]