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  • Employee privacy: What are your rights as the employer?
  • Where do your employees' rights to privacy end and your right to protect your business begin? What if you need to protect your company from employee theft? Or have to protect it from slander through employee emails? These are just two of the circumstances that could force you to invade your employees' privacy. But before you do, make sure you know what your company's obligations are when it comes ... ››› more
  • [10 February 2017]
  • Get your employee's consent to monitor their emails with this one tip
  • You may wish to monitor employee communications in the workplace so you can ensure overall efficiency within your business. But remember that in order to do this, you'll need to get written consent of the employee, or employees, concerned. Legal compliance here is key. Getting legal consent can be quite a challenge, and understandably so, because when it comes to privacy, not everyone would... ››› more
  • [21 October 2016]
  • Your employee absconded? Follow these six steps to deal with him
  • Let's assume one of your employees hasn't come to work for a week. You can't get hold of him and you have no idea if he's coming back to work. He's literally just absconded. What should you do in this situation? Let's have a look... Desertion or abscondment is when your employee is absent for so long you get the impression he doesn't intend to return to work. He hasn't informed you of his where... ››› more
  • [21 October 2016]
  • Six ways to speed up your tax compromise process with SARS
  • It's become apparent over the past 12 months that either service delivery levels at some SARS branches are falling. Or there are many more taxpayers applying for tax compromises. I say this because I haven't been able to successfully resolve a tax compromise without resorting to filing a complaint at the CMO. In one instance, it has taken more than 12 months to resolve a tax compromise. Th... ››› more
  • [13 October 2016]
  • SARS has just warned taxpayers of a new scam
  • Scam artists posing as SARS' 'representatives', are calling on taxpayers. They're demanding immediate payment of outstanding taxes and undeclared taxes. And they're also offering to wipe off the taxpayer debts... for a fee. I've personally experienced a number of cases where taxpayers have been taken to the cleaners by these false SARS officials. Don't be fooled! Take a look at how the... ››› more
  • [21 June 2016]
  • Here's how you can monitor an employee's communications without their consent
  • Technology is a double-edged sword in the workplace. Because while it helps countless businesses run more effectively and efficiently, it can also be abused by employees who use it for non-business purposes. And so in order to prevent this from happening, you may wish to monitor your employees' emails. And phone calls This though will require the employees' consent first. But what if the... ››› more
  • [14 June 2016]
  • Three elements all employment contracts should contain
  • Employment contracts are vitally important for a number of reasons, namely: · They state the terms and conditions that apply to the employee throughout her employment; · they state what you will pay the employee; · they provide information of what benefits and working conditions you'll provide; · they lay out the employee's duties; and · ... ››› more
  • [10 May 2016]
  • Three steps to take if you suspect an employee is stealing from you
  • Many employers have been asking what must happen if they strongly believe an employee is stealing from them. Well, the answer is simple: You need to take action! Follow your gut! Because by ignoring your suspicions, all you'll be doing is paying for more and more missing items in your workplace. So to help you take action, here are three steps you should take if you suspect an employee is ... ››› more
  • [06 May 2016]
  • 6 Actions to follow when dealing with an absconded employee
  • Has one of your employees absconded? If so, then there are 6 important actions you must take in dealing with it correctly. If you don't, you could be sitting with a bad case of unfair dismissal. They are as follows... ***Must have*** What can you do when you think your employee's gone AWOL? Your employee hasn't shown up for work all week. And you have no idea if he's ever coming b... ››› more
  • [25 February 2016]
  • We get asked about this more than anything else...
  • Dear Reader, Our legal team at the Workplace Helpdesk were inundated with this question on 4th January 2016... They've responded to hundreds of emails with questions about the new Driven Machinery Regulations. And the question employers ask the most is: 'what exactly are my legal obligations when it comes to the new driven machinery regulations and how do I comply?' So, to answer this ... ››› more
  • [19 January 2016]
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