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  • Retrenching? Do these five things to reduce potential problems
  • You must deal with the retrenchment process properly. The reasons? The nature of this dismissal makes things tough for you from the start. There's bound to be some resistance when you dismiss employees for operational reasons and not because they've done something wrong. Your employees and their representatives will scrutinise your every move and WILL challenge you if they believe you're... ››› more
  • [09 January 2017]
  • Can you retrench a fixed-term employee?
  • You've employed an employee on a two year contract. Unfortunately, you've lost a big client and now you have to retrench him, amongst other staff. But can you? What does the law say about retrenching fixed-term employees? Can you retrench a fixed-term employee? As an employer, you know you have a right to retrench employees. But you probably didn't know the situation's completely different w... ››› more
  • [15 December 2016]
  • Retrenching? Use these six methods to help your employees cope with retrenchments
  • In today's tough economic climate, there's an increasing risk you'll have to go through the painful process of retrenching your staff. Here's how you help them and yourself, through this tough emotional storm without risk to your business. Retrenchment is a dismissal for operational reasons and is classified as a no-fault dismissal, explains the Labour Law for Managers Handbook. This me... ››› more
  • [30 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]
  • Retrenchment letters could land you in trouble at the CCMA if you don't get it right!
  • Retrenchment letters are a hot topic at the CCMA right now! The CCMA says cases involving retrenchment increased in the first four months of this year and were considerably ahead of the number referred to the CCMA in the previous period. If your company's planning to retrench, it's crucial that you ensure your employee's notice of retrenchment letter contains all the required details. One wrong mo... ››› more
  • [26 October 2016]
  • Two things you need to know about termination pay
  • Termination pay, in other words payment that is legally due to your employee when she leaves you, can be a tricky area to deal with. And understandably so! It can be a complicated area to deal with, which is enough to give any employer a headache. But it really doesn't have to be that way! In order to help you avoid unnecessary headaches when dealing with termination pay, here are the two mo... ››› more
  • [09 May 2016]
  • Take these two measures if ever you're unable to pay performance bonuses
  • Let's say your company offers performance bonuses to all employees, and this is clearly stated in all your contracts of employment, but you go through a really tough year and can't afford to pay them. What then? After all, you've already stated that you would pay them and now you can't. Not only do you feel like you've let your performing employees down, but you're also concerned about the leg... ››› more
  • [05 May 2016]
  • 4 situations in which you may want to retrench
  • Your company has come to a point where you're considering to terminate many of your employees' contracts. You've taken a look at things from an 'operational' point of view and you strongly feel that your company simply can't continue the way it is. If this is you, then you may be looking at retrenching your employees. But before you go ahead and retrench employees, you've got to make sure ... ››› more
  • [21 April 2016]
  • Follow this important tip when considering who to retrench
  • Your business is under a lot of pressure, and in order to survive you strongly believe that the best decision will be to retrench employees. When looking into retrenchments, there are some questions you'll need to ask yourself beforehand. And 1 of those questions has to do with the selection process you'll use in determining which employees to retrench. You would more than likely opt for an ... ››› more
  • [23 November 2015]
  • Are you thinking about retrenchments? Then FIRST consider these 10 points
  • As reported on Independent Online, the South African mining company, Sibanye, warned recently that its profits may be hit hard. This is as a result of lost production, due to the labour disruptions caused by wage negotiations earlier this year. The mining group already reported that operating profit, for the quarter ending September, fell to R1.59 billion from R1.78 billion as compared to a... ››› more
  • [02 November 2015]
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