- The DoL took 1400 companies to court for not complying with employment equity law...
- Last year, the DoL took 1 400 of South Africa's medium and large companies to Labour Court for not complying with the Employment Equity (EE) Act.
The first issue of non-compliance was that these companies didn't submit their EE reports. And as we all know, this is one of the legal requirements you need to meet as a designated employer. So the DoL decided to make an example of them and set a pre... ››› more
- [03 February 2017]
- 12 important documents you must have when a DoL inspector shows up on your construction site!
- A DoL inspector can enter your construction site at any time - without any previous notice - to ensure your site complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Here are 12 documents to include in your health and safety file, for when he comes knocking on your door... 1. Health and safety specifications
Even though these specifications can often be located in the bill of quantities o... ››› more
- [27 January 2017]
- Employment Equity Act change: What does 'EE steps and measures' mean?
- The Employment Equity Act amendments are still causing quite a lot of concern for employers.
The provisions mean you'll now have to increase your efforts to not only get more diversity into your organisation, but also actively eliminate unfair discrimination in all areas of work.
On top of this, you also have to thrash out exactly how you plan to do it. Then add that level of detail to your ... ››› more
- [27 January 2017]
- An employee who's injured while sleeping on the job can still sue you! Here's how to protect yourself
- Let's say you have an employee who's sleeping on the job (on a platform), he takes a tumble, injuring himself badly.
His family vow to sue you for everything you have!
But wait a minute! He was sleeping on the job! How's that your fault?
Unfortunately, it's not as simple as that! They can sue you, and the chances are they will.
So in order to protect yourself, you have to make sure... ››› more
- [20 November 2016]
- Avoid shutdown by answering these 4 Health and Safety questions about legal appointments
- Did you know that an inspector from the Department of Labour can rock up on your doorstep, AT ANY TIME, and demand to inspect your premises?
That's right! It's completely your responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all of your employees. And if you fail to answer any of the inspector's questions, then you'll be in big trouble. In other words, he can SHUT DOWN your business! ... ››› more
- [14 November 2016]
- Surely I don't need to report getting caught on a nail sticking out the wall to the DoL?
- Here's something to think about...
In a busy office, there is a nail sticking out of the wall.
The maintenance team was supposed to knock the nail into the surface, but didn't.
Now, every employee that brushes past the nail is grazed. Since it seems so small, none of the employees that are scratched by the nail report the incident.
This continues until an employee tests positive for HI... ››› more
- [26 September 2016]
- If someone dies in your office - would you know what to do?
- As a student I worked at a restaurant to earn some extra cash to get me through my varsity years. One night I was serving a particularly nice family. The mom, dad, granny and grandpa completely doted over the six-year-old twin girls. I left their table to fetch their drinks after taking their order and chatting to them about the icy cold front that hit us. To my absolute horror, when I returned th... ››› more
- [23 September 2016]
- He hit me in the face with a spade! Who must I report this to?
- Working on a construction site, I'm sure you have many 'horror' stories to tell about incidents on your site...
My childhood was filled with my father (who managed a concrete plant for many, many years) coming home with tales of his stressful, but interesting, days.
Stories like... … Being thrown off a silo by a very disgruntled and aggressive employee…
… One of his employees being c... ››› more
- [05 September 2016]
- My dad almost sliced his finger off on-site, what should we do?
- It's not as far-fetched as one would think...
That's right, it happened to my father (who owns and manages a concrete and brick factory) just the other day...
He was working with one of his mobile cranes on-site. They jacked the mobile crane up to remove the wheels, when it got stuck. My hands-on dad and one of the employees, Sam, lifted the platform up slightly. Sam let go as it was too hea... ››› more
- [31 August 2016]
- 500 New labour inspectors deployed - one is knocking at your door. Here are the five things he'll check...
- Towards the end of last year, the Department of Labour hired 500 extra labour inspectors in Johannesburg alone.
And what's on their agenda? To catch as many companies as possible who aren't complying with the over 70 changes to the labour laws that happened in the last few years!
The scary part? A labour inspector can go into any workplace at any reasonable time to check and enforce complian... ››› more
- [28 June 2016]