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  • Five questions you should never ask during an interview
  • I'm sure you know by now that the law doesn't allow any discrimination against an employee or job applicant (Employment Equity Act). So when you plan your interviews with job applicants, protect yourself and your company by making sure you avoid questions that may be discriminatory. Because if you're found guilty of discrimination, you could get a penalty of up to 10% of your business turnover.... ››› more
  • [02 March 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]
  • Use this handy Leave Request Form template to manage your employee's sick leave
  • Did you know sick leave abuse costs South African employers R19 billion every year? That's right. This shocking stat shows the importance of managing leave correctly. And that's where this Leave Request Form template can help... Why do you need to use a Leave Request Form to manage your employee's leave? The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service says employees must apply for leave wri... ››› more
  • [18 November 2016]
  • Is your employee moonlighting at other jobs behind your back? Here's what to do!
  • Lisa comes to work an hour late, bleary-eyed and with the excuse that she overslept - she can barely keep her eyes open at her desk! You overhear her telling someone that she's a bartender a few nights a week for extra cash. Meanwhile, Dina hasn't come in at all with the excuse that she's at a funeral - again - but you know she's doing freelance graphic design work from home for a friend of yours.... ››› more
  • [17 November 2016]
  • Seven points to include in your absenteeism policy
  • Absenteeism is a billion rand problem and there's no doubt your company suffers this scourge. Employees arriving late and leaving early, being off sick regularly or taking extended lunch and smoke breaks are all forms of absenteeism. Here are seven points you must include in your absenteeism policy to reduce this type of absenteeism. Having an absenteeism policy in place is one way to reduce ab... ››› more
  • [16 November 2016]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • You can legally deny a pregnant employee a promotion!
  • We all know there are numerous grounds for unfair discrimination in the workplace, and it's also common knowledge that pregnancy is one of those grounds. But, it may come as a surprise to find out that you can legally deny a pregnant employee a promotion, even if you originally agreed to one! That's right! Even the courts have shown you can! Take a look at the following case Whitehead v Wool... ››› more
  • [23 August 2016]
  • Can I discipline an employee who's sending or receiving porn at work?
  • You'll be amazed at the things some employees do at work. And with a lot of companies introducing free WiFi, many employees abuse this company perk that's meant to help them do their jobs better. Recently, we've been seeing a lot of cases where employers are complaining that employees are using free WiFi for things that have nothing to do with the job. This includes sending and receiving por... ››› more
  • [18 August 2016]
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