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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]
  • Five areas to tread carefully when you're hiring to avoid a CCMA case
  • Getting the right people on board in your business is very important. Especially since it isn't always that easy to dismiss people once you've hired them! You can use application for employment forms to ask applicants a range of questions to help you when you're recruiting. But you have to make sure you can legally ask the questions... Because an employee can take you to the CCMA for unfair discri... ››› more
  • [31 October 2016]
  • Follow these 4 tips BEFORE searching employees to avoid infringing on their rights
  • Employee privacy can be a very tricky area to work around when it comes to maintaining order and stability within your company. This is because you might need to invade an individual's privacy, to an extent, in the course of doing so. Now while we all have a constitutional right to privacy, it's LIMITED, and being able to search your employees is a classic example of this limitation. But ... ››› more
  • [02 March 2016]
  • Avoid breaching your employee's right to communications privacy with this one tip
  • Technology plays an important part in your business as it helps it to run effectively and efficiently. But what about employees who misuse your company's systems? What can you do when your employees' right to privacy is safely guarded? The Interception Act allows you to intercept an employee's emails or phone, but only in certain conditions. One of them requires the employee's consent. Bu... ››› more
  • [20 October 2015]
  • The dangers of computers in the workplace: Be aware and take control today.
  • The internet, as well as computer systems, are clearly an asset to the effective and efficient running of businesses. But such an asset can easily become a liability if and when it is used for the wrong reasons. Abuse of your computer systems as a business tool could cost you thousands of rands. So be aware of the dangers and take action on them! Here are four dangers to be aware of with regar... ››› more
  • [20 August 2015]
  • Drug and alcohol testing: Six ways to protect employee privacy
  • With the stresses of today, drug and alcohol abuse is common. And often, your company will suffer because of intoxicated employees. Absenteeism is high and users are often not very productive. Normally, it's only when people reach rock bottom that they do something about it. For example, lose their families, house, job etc. But you and your business has some protection... You can implement poli... ››› more
  • [09 July 2015]
  • Protect your employees' information... Or it could cost you R10 million!
  • You have a legal obligation to protect your employees' data and personal information. This is according to the Protection from Harassment Act and Protection of Personal Information Act, or POPI. If you don't, you could spend ten years in jail or pay a R10 million fine! Before we look at what you have to do, let's see what data you have to protect... What is employee's data and personal infor... ››› more
  • [28 April 2015]
  • Here's how to deal with conflict and infighting in your company
  • The Democratic Alliance (DA) revealed earlier this week that Agang's leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele would be the DA's presidential candidate in the upcoming general elections. Soon after that announcement, reports emerged that there was infighting in Agang SA, with some members saying they weren't consulted about Ramphele's move. The party has since denied the rumors of infighting. It'll be interesti... ››› more
  • [31 January 2014]
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