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  • Revealed: The only way to ensure you have a watertight annual leave policy
  • You employees need to know what's allowed and what isn't when it comes to leave. If you don't make this clear, they'll simply plead ignorance and your business will suffer irreparable damage. The damage includes lost productivity and annual leave abuse. Don't let your company suffer. Make sure you have a legally sound annual leave policy that includes the following eight points... If you want t... ››› more
  • [06 January 2017]
  • Does your annual leave policy contain this ONE glaring gap?
  • Most annual leave policies are largely made up of legal annual leave entitlements. But their structure of can change from business to business. Because of this, most annual leave policies neglect to include ONE very important part. Read on to make sure your annual leave policy doesn't have a big hole in it. *********************************** All your annual leave questions answered!   ... ››› more
  • [05 January 2017]
  • Three golden rules to help you write 100% legally compliant HR policies and procedures
  • Having all your HR policies and procedures in place is one of the best things you can do for your business. The reason? They'll help you deal with disciplinary and performance issues as well as employee grievances. This means you'll always act in a fair manner. And avoid the risk of disputes and landing up at the CCMA for unfair labour practices. But you can only reap these benefits if yo... ››› more
  • [02 November 2016]
  • Does an employee have to disclose her pregnancy when applying for a job?
  • One question that always crops up when it comes to maternity leave matters is whether or not employees or job applicants should disclose that they're pregnant when applying for a job. Read on to find out what labour law says about this so you can avoid a court battle. An employee DOES NOT have to disclose her pregnancy when applying for a job The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service e... ››› more
  • [19 October 2016]
  • Four types of leave you DON'T have to give to employees....
  • When employees ask for leave, you must give it to them because it's your legal obligation, right? Not quite. You only have to give maternity leave, sick leave, family responsibility leave and annual leave. Read on to discover four types of leave you don't have to give to employees so you can effectively manage leave. An ineffective leave policy could cripple your business from ri... ››› more
  • [10 October 2016]
  • Take caution when denying a man maternity leave! Here's why
  • Traditionally speaking, maternity leave was something that only women enjoyed. But in today's day and age, that understanding is very outdated! And you as employers need to keep up-to-date! Because if you don't, you could be facing and claim of unfair discrimination the next time you want to deny a man maternity leave. To help you understand this more, take a look at the following case... *****... ››› more
  • [25 August 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]
  • Case law: Thinking of getting rid of a pregnant employee? Think again!
  • In a previous labour case of Mnguni vs Gumbi (2004 6 BLLR 558), a pregnant receptionist working in a medical practice claimed she was unfairly dismissed. She'd been complaining of getting tired in the later stages of her pregnancy - which is a fairly common occurrence among pregnant women. But when her employer sent her home, she reported she'd been dismissed for being pregnant. The employe... ››› more
  • [18 August 2016]
  • What must you look for on a medical certificate?
  • So Jim has just brought you a sick note that looks very strange to you. How do you tell if he really got this medical certificate from a medical practitioner? Make sure the medical certificate states that the employee was incapacitated and for how long he'd be absent from work. It doesn't have to state the nature of his illness. Don't simply rely on a medical certificate handed to you by yo... ››› more
  • [05 August 2016]
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