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  • POPI Act is coming into effect! Here's how you can comply before it's too late
  • There are talks about POPI coming into effect before the end of this year. This means you have to make sure you comply with the Act NOW! If you don't comply, you'll face fines of up to R10 million and even jail time! But where will you start? Keep reading below to find out five basic rules... *** How a third party getting hold of your employee's marital status could land YOU with a R... ››› more
  • [10 May 2017]
  • Employee privacy: What are your rights as the employer?
  • Where do your employees' rights to privacy end and your right to protect your business begin? What if you need to protect your company from employee theft? Or have to protect it from slander through employee emails? These are just two of the circumstances that could force you to invade your employees' privacy. But before you do, make sure you know what your company's obligations are when it comes ... ››› more
  • [10 February 2017]
  • Follow these 4 tips BEFORE searching employees to avoid infringing on their rights
  • Employee privacy can be a very tricky area to work around when it comes to maintaining order and stability within your company. This is because you might need to invade an individual's privacy, to an extent, in the course of doing so. Now while we all have a constitutional right to privacy, it's LIMITED, and being able to search your employees is a classic example of this limitation. But ... ››› more
  • [02 March 2016]
  • Avoid breaching your employee's right to communications privacy with this one tip
  • Technology plays an important part in your business as it helps it to run effectively and efficiently. But what about employees who misuse your company's systems? What can you do when your employees' right to privacy is safely guarded? The Interception Act allows you to intercept an employee's emails or phone, but only in certain conditions. One of them requires the employee's consent. Bu... ››› more
  • [20 October 2015]
  • Use security cameras in your workplace? Make sure you comply with the Privacy Act
  • Security cameras are a useful tool in terms of keeping your premises secure. While this may be the case, you still have to comply with the Privacy Act. Read on to find out what the Act says so you can comply. Many companies use security cameras to secure their premises. If you're one of these companies, make sure you comply with the Privacy Act. Here's what the Privacy Act says about securi... ››› more
  • [17 October 2013]
  • Car tracking devices: - Are these allowed or are you breaching your employee's privacy?
  • You must respect your employees' right to privacy at the workplace. But what happens in an event where you want to install tracking devices to company cars and your employee accuses you of infringing his right to privacy? Read on to find out what the law says about tracking devices in company cars and your employee's privacy. According to the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, you can'... ››› more
  • [26 July 2013]
  • Are you allowed to intervene in intimate relationships between employees?
  • Your employees have a constitutional right to privacy. You can't expect them to 'check their privacy at the door' when they enter your workplace. But what about intimate relationships between your employees? Do they still fall within the private realm? Read on to find out whether or not you should intervene. Imagine the following scenario: Two employees in a superior/subordinate position in... ››› more
  • [23 July 2013]
  • Four instances where you're allowed to read your employee's emails
  • While the law prohibits your uncontrolled access to your employee's private communications, it does provide you with some rights of access under certain conditions. Read to discover the four instances where you're allowed to read your employee's emails. Although your employee's privacy is important, the Interception Act does allow you to intercept your employee's communications. BUT only un... ››› more
  • [22 July 2013]
  • Reference checks: What you can and can't do
  • 'Your employees have a constitutional right to privacy. You can't expect them to 'check their privacy at the door' when they enter the workplace,' says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service. This also includes your job applicants. Here are five rules you can use to ensure you don't invade employee privacy when conducting reference checks. Employee privacy doesn't only apply to employee... ››› more
  • [28 May 2013]



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