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  • Never ever make these four mistakes when disciplining an employee...
  • Can you spot the mistakes? Get all the ammunition you need to beat the CCMA Here's how to chair a legally compliant disciplinary enquiry in just five easy steps Dear reader,   Can you spot the mistakes in this example?   Tracey is responsible for making sure the petty cash balances each day. She's never seen the petty cash policy and procedure but it's on... ››› more
  • [26 July 2017]
  • The one thing you must get right to fire a thieving employee successfully...
  • Your employee stole a laptop from you. And you have all the proof you need. Pretty much an open and shut case. So you give him his notice to attend a disciplinary hearing, which says 'you stole from us' and hope the obvious ruling will be his dismissal. But... You're wrong. You didn't get this one thing right... **********************   Get all the ammunition you n... ››› more
  • [14 June 2017]
  • Preparing for CCMA conciliation? Here's what to consider when it comes to costs
  • Conciliation is a process that takes place at the CCMA and at bargaining councils. It's a negotiation process where parties try to reach a settlement agreement to resolve the dispute. A CCMA commissioner (conciliator) facilitates this attempt to reach an 'out of court' settlement. One of the things you must do when preparing for CCMA conciliation is to consider how much this process will cos... ››› more
  • [23 January 2017]
  • Three things NOT to do when dealing with temporary employee contracts
  • 'As a rule, unless the temporary worker is merely relieving a permanent post, it is most unwise for you to employ someone as a temporary worker in a position that is permanent,' says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service. Here are three reasons why you shouldn't break this rule ... According to The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, the purpose of an employment contract is to ... ››› more
  • [16 January 2017]
  • Is there a difference between CCMA conciliation and arbitration?
  • Our labour experts get a lot of questions regarding labour issues. One question that keeps coming up is whether or not there's a difference between CCMA conciliation and arbitration. The short answer to this question is 'yes'. Keep reading as we explain how CCMA conciliation and arbitration differ so you can handle the process of dispute resolution effectively and lawfully. Yes, the... ››› more
  • [13 January 2017]
  • 5 things your employee has to prove to win a case of constructive dismissal against you
  • We all like to think the working environment we create for our employees is a positive one. But in the high-stress environment that seems an inevitable part of the modern working world, some employees may find themselves in circumstances that they simply can't tolerate. And they'll resign to escape. When they do, you're at risk of claims of a constructive dismissal... If your employee's claims are... ››› more
  • [04 January 2017]
  • 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]
  • Use this checklist ensure your employee's dismissal is substantively fair
  • Do you have an employee that you want to dismiss, but aren't sure if it's substantively fair? Here's how to make sure it is so you don't pay thousands in compensation if your employee take you to the CCMA. According to The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, substantive fairness means there's a fair or valid reason for you to dismiss an employee. If you dismiss your employee and th... ››› more
  • [13 December 2016]
  • Issue a written warning in five easy steps
  • As an employer issuing a written warning to an employee for poor work performance or wrong doing is something you'll face at least once in your career. It's not pleasant, but it's vital to ensure work is carried out efficiently by a lacklustre employee. But it's not as simple as that. Issuing a written warning incorrectly can be costly and land you at the CCMA. So make sure you follow these fi... ››› more
  • [14 November 2016]
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