- What's the difference between a contract of employment and letter of appointment?
- What's the difference between a contract of employment and an appointment letter? Do you know? Take a look below as I explore the differences and why you need to know them... Dear Reader
I recently had coffee with a friend of mine who owns her own business. We got chatting about appointment letters, and there was me rattling on and on about who in the company should or shouldn't have.
An... ››› more
- [17 October 2016]
- Avoid disputes over salary increases with this one clause in your contracts of employment
- Salary increases are the cause of many workplace disputes.
And things can get ugly very quickly. Your employees could embark on a go slow or go on strike for weeks to force you to give into their demands. Or worse, they could take you to the CCMA and accuse you of unfair labour practice.
The good news is you can easily avoid this by putting the following clause in their employment contracts.... ››› more
- [20 February 2015]
- Three steps to avoid employment contract disagreements with your employees
- Many employers face disagreements with their employees about terms and conditions of employment.
And in most cases, these disagreements get ugly and turn into full blown legal disputes.
'What must I do so I don't get it wrong?' you ask.
Get the basics right.
Make sure you take the following three steps at the start of the employment relationship to avoid employment contract disagreeme... ››› more
- [13 January 2015]
- Your employee shows up for work three weeks after you dismissed her for absconding. Now what?
- Imagine this: One of your employees goes on annual leave, but she doesn't come back on the date she said she would. Weeks go by and you don't hear a thing from her.
Because you don't want to land up on the wrong side of the law, you take the right steps to make sure she's actually absconded. And you follow the correct process to terminate her employment contract.
But then something astonish... ››› more
- [12 January 2015]
- Consider these two factors when you draft employment contract clauses that deal with remuneration and benefits or your contracts won't be legal
- As an employer you need an employment contract to regulate your relationship with your employee.
This contract sets out the terms and conditions of employment that will apply for the time the person is in your employ. This includes what you'll pay him (his remuneration) and the benefits he'll get.
That's why when you draft your employment contracts, you must put clauses that specifically de... ››› more
- [08 January 2015]
- Can you ask Peter to work overtime during an emergency?
- As an employer, you'll know very well that emergencies can arise at any time.
Just this weekend, Eskom declared a power emergency.
The power utility went into full crisis mode, instituting 'load-shedding' - a safety measure to prevent the grid from going into a total meltdown - after a coal supply silo at Majuba, its second-biggest power plant, cracked and collapsed onto a conveyor, iol repo... ››› more
- [06 November 2014]
- Live by these three rules when finalising your employee's contract of employment
- Your recruitment process isn't complete if you haven't finalised your employee's contract of employment.
You must pay attention to this crucial step because one wrong move could open the door to all sorts of labour disputes.
So make sure you follow these three important rules when you finalise your employee's contract of employment.
The critical clauses you must inclu... ››› more
- [30 May 2014]
- You've hired the perfect candidate... Now what?
- You've spent the last month recruiting and have followed your recruitment policy to the letter, asking legally correct interview questions, doing reference checks and finally found the perfect job candidate.
The big question is: What do you do once you've told the candidate he's got the job?
The truth is, unless you do this one thing next, you won't comply with the Basic Conditions of Empl... ››› more
- [20 May 2014]
- Good HR managers do this ONE thing when conducting a job interview to ensure they hire the right person
- When conducting an interview, you may struggle to get what you really want out of a candidate. This could lead to misinformation or getting the wrong idea about a candidate. If you hired someone based on that, you may end up with a big problem. But there's one thing all good HR managers know about job interviews that stop this from happening. Find out what it is and make sure you always hire the r... ››› more
- [02 May 2014]
- Three more things to include in an executive's contract of employment
- Executives aren't like your ordinary employees. Their level of seniority demands that you include these three things in their contracts of employment.
On Friday last week, we gave you four things to include in an executive's contract of employment.
Now we have three more things we believe you must also include to ensure you have water tight contracts.
Make sure... ››› more
- [24 February 2014]