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  • Claiming Vat for business travel: What you need to know...
  • Thanks to more and more global ventures, travel has become an integral part of doing business in South Africa. And that means in many cases business travel expenses are adding to your Vat headache! Here's what you need to know about the five most common business travel expenses and their Vat consequences. Iit's estimated that in the US, business travel spending — including air tickets, hotels an... ››› more
  • [19 October 2016]
  • Your employee left work at 2pm with a migraine - how do you handle her sick leave?
  • Everyone has at least one employee who drags herself to work - no matter how horrid she feels. And what inevitably happens? Come 2pm she's feeling so bad, she has no other choice but to take some sick leave and go home. But how do you go about allocating this sick leave in your employee attendance record? Do you mark it as a half day because she left at 2pm? Or does the unwritten rule t... ››› more
  • [05 October 2016]
  • Four types of OHSA's health and safety risk assessment you need to know about
  • Having a HIRA (hazard identification and risk assessment) process at your company is one of the most important tools at your disposal to ensure your company's compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).Here are the four types of risk assessments you must do... Most incidents in the workplace happen because of insufficient management controls. One way of ensuring your compa... ››› more
  • [03 October 2016]
  • Labour law update: The Amended QSE codes have finally been gazetted
  • We've been waiting a while, but it's finally over. The DTI has released clarity on the Amended QSE Codes after gazetting them on 6 May 2015. These new codes affect the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act which came into effect earlier this month. While labour experts are still trying to make sense of how these QSE codes will change the business landscape, here's a copy ... ››› more
  • [13 May 2015]
  • Small companies will be hit hardest by next month's B-BBEE code changes
  • Businesses around the country are scrambling to make sure they're not too seriously affected by the new Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment codes that come into effect in May. But business analysts are worried... Especially for small businesses. They say that the amended BEE Codes of Good Practice have moved the goalposts for business. By placing more emphasis on direct black owners... ››› more
  • [14 April 2015]
  • Succession planning: Why you need one before your entire company crumbles
  • Last night, DA leader Helen Zille announced she's stepping down from the party. As the head of her party, this comes as blow to the DA's plans. Luckily, in an organisation this size, the DA's sure to have thought about what they'd do if one of their leaders resigned. What about you? Have you considered the far-reaching implications of having one of your key staff members resign? H... ››› more
  • [13 April 2015]
  • Structuring your succession plan to cater for BEE - what you need to know
  • Every company needs to plan for the inevitable: Losing a key employee who's vital to company's success. But here in South Africa, succession planning is a little more tricky. After all, not only do you need to have a plan in place in case an employee resigns, you also have Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) requirements to fulfil. Helen Zille's resignation from the DA over... ››› more
  • [13 April 2015]
  • If your employees work outdoors, make sure they know these lightning safety dos and don'ts
  • '6 construction workers killed by lightning!' It sounds like something out of a horror movie. But this is the exact headline that dominated South Africa papers just a few weeks ago. This after six individuals died and five others were injured by lightning on the N8 outside Botshabelo near Bloemfontein. And with the weather being particularly unpredictable lately, we thought there was no bett... ››› more
  • [10 April 2015]
  • Do you still have to pay your sales rep's car allowance when she goes on maternity leave?
  • From a business perspective, there's never an ideal time for your employee to tell you she's pregnant and needs to go on maternity leave. Of course, you're happy for her. But she's a valuable, productive member of your team and now you have to do without her for four months. And then there's all the admin that comes with her announcement. Helping her with her UIF claim, finding a replaceme... ››› more
  • [09 April 2015]
  • Why experts warn against assessing your employees' KPIs during performance reviews
  • You've set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) so you can monitor how well your employees are performing their roles. And naturally, with first quarter performance reviews underway, you've dug them out of your files to determine if your employee's performance is up to scratch or if you need to begin the performance management process. But are your employee appraisals really the best place to ... ››› more
  • [09 April 2015]
  • Need to give negative feedback during your employee's performance review? Don't do THIS!
  • One of the most challenging parts of a performance review is giving your employees feedback. And when it comes to telling an employee something negative, this task becomes even harder. After all, giving negative feedback incorrectly is more likely to produce disgruntled staff, rather than a team set on improving, reveals a recent study led by Kansas State University assistant professor of ... ››› more
  • [07 April 2015]
  • Racism or BEE? Cricket SA finds itself in hot water over this topic once again
  • Cricket South Africa's (CSA) quota system has always been a hotly contested issue. And now it's heating up even more. This after AfriForum yesterday requested its legal team to submit a formal complaint to the International Cricket Council (ICC) as a 'result of the race prescriptions that were laid down by CSA for the composition of the Proteas team for its semi-final during the recent Cricket... ››› more
  • [02 April 2015]
  • Confused about the new B-BBEE codes? SA's mines are too!
  • The amended B-BEEE codes come into effect on the 1st of May 2015. And they're causing many a business owner headaches. This because the new codes work out your company's BEE levels differently and that means the BEE rating you used to have is likely to change. You're not the only one sweating bullets about how this will affect your business. News just in reveals that the mining industry... ››› more
  • [01 April 2015]
  • Ground-breaking labour law ruling: Court grants gay dad full maternity leave benefits
  • It's all over the news: A gay father in Durban has been granted FULL maternity leave (four month's paid leave) to take care of his baby who was born through a surrogate mother. Read on to discover why the court ruled in favour of the father and what this means for your company.   The reason the court granted full maternity leave is simple   According to reports, the father ... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • Cosatu fires Vavi for gross misconduct! (But what does that really mean?)
  • News just in: Costatu has fired Zwelinzima Vavi for allegedly failing to fulfil his duties as secretary. In what was called a case of "gross misconduct," Cosatu has revealed that 31 members central executive committee voted in favour of Vavi's dismissal. If, like many business owners, you're wondering what the difference between misconduct and gross misconduct really is, read on to discover... ››› more
  • [31 March 2015]
  • Sick leave certificates: Can you force your employee to disclose what's wrong with him?
  • Back in 2002, Government stated that doctors no longer have to disclose illnesses on sick leave certificates without a patient's permission. This because the Health Professions Council of SA ruled this was illegal in terms of the constitutional right to privacy as well as doctors' ethical duty to preserve patient confidentiality. Why are we talking about this issue 13 years later? Because sh... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • Do this to ensure your employees don't misuse their company cell phones
  • The Limpopo province is investigating their deputy speaker, Lehlogonolo Masoga. This after he racked up a whopping R125 000 cell phone bill in one month. Talk about a huge bill! But that's not the problem. The real problem is the fact that, the City Press reports, a huge chunk of it allegedly came because Masoga watched porn while on an official overseas trip. Talk about a no-no! Especia... ››› more
  • [30 March 2015]
  • Jolene's getting her boobs done and wants sick leave! Do you grant it?
  • These days, cosmetic surgery is pretty commonplace. Just look around the office, the number of people who've chosen to have an elective procedure will surprise you. But what do you do when you're sales manager, Jolene, comes up to you with a sick leave request for the days she'll be off having and recovering from her boob job. Is this something you need to grant as sick leave or does it fa... ››› more
  • [27 March 2015]
  • Antenatal appointments and pregnant employees: What are your legal obligations?
  • Pregnancy... Oh, it's a magical thing. But when it's your employee who's pregnant, it comes with LOTS of time off. After all, a pregnant employee has to go for approximately eight to ten antenatal appointments with her doctor or midwife during the first 32 weeks of her pregnancy. Thereafter, she'll go fortnightly, even weekly, until her child is born. But do you have to pay for all this... ››› more
  • [26 March 2015]



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