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  • Four occasions when you can dismiss for insubordination
  • John just told you to 'get knotted'. Mary ignored your direct instruction and Peter just cost you one of your biggest clients for not doing his job properly. These are all cases if insubordinations and it's always such a tricky subject because it's so difficult to prove. And that's why it's so difficult to dismiss for it! Keep reading to find out when an employee's being insubordinate and... ››› more
  • [30 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]
  • Get your employment equity committee right - here's how
  • Employment Equity is a priority for businesses! And the Employment Equity Act instructs employers to establish an employment equity committee. But it doesn't explain how you should form this committee, or what they need to cover in their meetings. Here's the advice from the experts at the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf.   How to form your employment equity committee   Form your committee... ››› more
  • [07 December 2016]
  • How to make the probation period work for you
  • So your new employee isn't the right person for the job. What do you do now? It's simple, use his probation period to assess his performance ability and suitability for the job. Here's how you can make probation work for you and what to do if your employee's not up to standard. The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service explains that a probation period is a length of time you use to check i... ››› more
  • [06 December 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]
  • Is a retrenchment like any other dismissal or is there a difference?
  • The current economic conditions have made retrenchments a harsh reality. As the economy continues to move at a slow pace, chances are you may also be forced to restructure your business in the near future. Read on to discover how a retrenchment differs from a dismissal so you can comply with labour law. If you're still unsure how a retrenchment differs from a dismissal, the Labour Law for Manag... ››› more
  • [10 November 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]
  • Here's how to legally entrap an employee
  • Scenario: You believe that one of your cleaners is stealing cleaning products from your storeroom, but you have no solid evidence. Now what? You may consider entrapment. This is when you lure someone into committing an offence for the purpose of building up evidence against them. But it's not that simple! Because one wrong move will amount to your entrapment attempt being unfair. So to... ››› more
  • [06 May 2016]
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