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  • Eight topics you must include in your induction training for contractors
  • According to the new Construction Regulations 2014, it's your duty as the client to provide induction training for any contractors on site. Here's a checklist of eight items you must include in your induction training for your contractors. According to the new Construction Regulations 2014, it's your duty as the client to provide induction training for any contractors on site. It's a vital part of... ››› more
  • [18 January 2017]
  • What PPE do the general safety regulations require?
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) contains 50 sections and 20 sets of regulations. The different regulations specify the specific requirements you must adhere to. This includes requirements about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Read on to find out what the general safety regulations require when it comes to PPE. When it comes to PPE, you can't just comply with the regulations y... ››› more
  • [18 January 2017]
  • Cover your bases if an employee often goes AWOL
  • Some employees do all they can to stay away from work - call in sick in the morning, go home early so they don't miss a doctor's appointment, not come in at all because it's their aunt's funeral (AGAIN!). That's all good and well if it's already been discussed with you beforehand or they bring you proof of their absence, like a sick note. But what do you do if your employee goes absent without lea... ››› more
  • [18 January 2017]
  • Here's why you need to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace. But what are toolbox talks? And what are the benefits of conducting them besides complying with the OHSA? Read on to find out why you need them... 'A toolbox talk is a short safety talk [that's] delivered at the workplace and on a specific subject matter. The objective is to raise awareness of... ››› more
  • [16 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]
  • Can your employee take all his sick leave or must it be pro-rated?
  • One of the common questions regarding sick leave is: Can an employee take all his sick leave or must it be pro-rated? Read on to find out what labour law says about this. The answer to this leave question is as follows: 'Your employee is allowed to take his full sick leave allowance at the beginning of the sick leave cycle – that is, it's not pro-rated over a period of time,' says the Lab... ››› 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]
  • Ask these questions to gather evidence in your health and safety audit
  • One of the first steps in your health and safety audit process is gathering all the information you need to assess your system. There are two ways to start this process... 1) Asking your employees questions around following your health and safety processes. 2) Asking your managers the processes they follow to ensure they're following the right health and safety procedures. Here are four questi... ››› more
  • [12 January 2017]
  • The real cost of unresolved conflict in the workplace
  • Most managers have a natural inclination not to deal with conflict in the workplace. After all, it's easier to ignore something in the hope that it'll go away. It normally doesn't. Employees can stew over issues for months. Here are the consequences of unresolved conflict in the workplace. According to the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management, there are many sources of workplace confli... ››› more
  • [11 January 2017]
  • Don't hire the wrong employee
  • I'm sure you know the best potential employees prepare for an interview. They study, they research and they rehearse. They think about what they can say to make you hire them over anyone else. But what about you? Do you make sure you're prepared to ask the right questions? Do you get the right information from the candidate to make sure he can do the job? If not, you could be hiring the wr... ››› more
  • [09 January 2017]
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