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  • THIS is your best course of action when you can't pay SARS on time
  • As a Vat vendor, you have a duty to pay Vat on time. But, the reality is that the current economic situation is making it harder to comply with this legal duty. Don't even get us started on unforeseen disasters that strike at any moment and make it impossible to meet Vat deadlines. But, it's not all doom and gloom. You have options if you can't pay SARS. Read on to find out what to do... ››› more
  • [17 January 2017]
  • Three things on your Vat refund that'll get you in trouble with SARS
  • You have to tread carefully when it comes to Vat refunds. SARS scrutinises these and it'll punish you if it finds errors. And this means you can say goodbye to the cash injection you were hoping to get. But we've got your back as always. Today our experts reveal the three things that'll get you in trouble with SARS when it comes to Vat refunds. Read on to find out what they are so you c... ››› more
  • [17 January 2017]
  • Here's why you need to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to conduct toolbox talks in your workplace. But what are toolbox talks? And what are the benefits of conducting them besides complying with the OHSA? Read on to find out why you need them... 'A toolbox talk is a short safety talk [that's] delivered at the workplace and on a specific subject matter. The objective is to raise awareness of... ››› more
  • [16 January 2017]
  • Three things NOT to do when dealing with temporary employee contracts
  • 'As a rule, unless the temporary worker is merely relieving a permanent post, it is most unwise for you to employ someone as a temporary worker in a position that is permanent,' says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service. Here are three reasons why you shouldn't break this rule ... According to The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, the purpose of an employment contract is to ... ››› more
  • [16 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]
  • Is there a difference between CCMA conciliation and arbitration?
  • Our labour experts get a lot of questions regarding labour issues. One question that keeps coming up is whether or not there's a difference between CCMA conciliation and arbitration. The short answer to this question is 'yes'. Keep reading as we explain how CCMA conciliation and arbitration differ so you can handle the process of dispute resolution effectively and lawfully. Yes, the... ››› more
  • [13 January 2017]
  • Ask these questions to gather evidence in your health and safety audit
  • One of the first steps in your health and safety audit process is gathering all the information you need to assess your system. There are two ways to start this process... 1) Asking your employees questions around following your health and safety processes. 2) Asking your managers the processes they follow to ensure they're following the right health and safety procedures. Here are four questi... ››› more
  • [12 January 2017]
  • Two businesses? And only one is making a profit? Use this escape hatch to pay less tax
  • You may think your only option is to close down the company that isn't making a profit. But don't be too hasty with your decision. There's an escape hatch you can use to save your company and pay less tax. ************* Advertisement *************   Breaking news: There's a 33% chance SARS' assessment of your tax return is wrong! And most mistakes made by SARS on assessments are to your ... ››› more
  • [12 January 2017]
  • The eight instances you can lodge an objection with SARS and win!
  • Here's a true story with a happy ending: I had coffee with Peter Franck, Contributor of the Practical VAT Handbook, and he told me an interesting story about one of his clients, Mr Hogenboezem*. He received a VAT assessment for R86 000 from SARS. SARS issued him with this assessment because he mistakenly claimed input tax twice on a bakkie and the invoices he received for purchases were techni... ››› more
  • [11 January 2017]
  • The real cost of unresolved conflict in the workplace
  • Most managers have a natural inclination not to deal with conflict in the workplace. After all, it's easier to ignore something in the hope that it'll go away. It normally doesn't. Employees can stew over issues for months. Here are the consequences of unresolved conflict in the workplace. According to the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management, there are many sources of workplace confli... ››› more
  • [11 January 2017]
  • What kind of training is required to erect a scaffold?
  • You probably know that if your company's erecting scaffolding it must comply with construction regulations. But do you know what the law says about the type of training required to erect a scaffold? Read on to find out.... If you're not sure of what the law says about training that's needed to erect a scaffold, the Health & Safety Advisor has got you covered. Here's what the law says about... ››› more
  • [10 January 2017]
  • How to create a SARS-proof travel logbook in three simple steps
  • When it comes time to hand in your tax return, SARS wants you to prove certain details with supporting documents. A great example of this is a logbook. You'll use this to prove the deductions you want to claim for your business travel expenses. This is an important deduction for most business owners as rushing to all those client meetings can really add up. Luckily, it's easy to create an a... ››› more
  • [10 January 2017]
  • Don't hire the wrong employee
  • I'm sure you know the best potential employees prepare for an interview. They study, they research and they rehearse. They think about what they can say to make you hire them over anyone else. But what about you? Do you make sure you're prepared to ask the right questions? Do you get the right information from the candidate to make sure he can do the job? If not, you could be hiring the wr... ››› more
  • [09 January 2017]
  • 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]
  • Five legal requirements you must comply with before you deduct your employee's salary
  • Does your employee owe you money? Have you tried to get him to pay you back of his own accord with no luck? Find out the five legal requirements you must comply with before you deduct the amount from his salary. In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), there are standard deductions you're allowed to make from your employees' salary. For example, you can deduct tax from an empl... ››› more
  • [06 January 2017]
  • 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]
  • What are your legal obligations when it comes to financial statements in your business?
  • If you run a registered company or a close corporation, you have a legal obligation to prepare financial statements. And you have to present your financial statements to SARS. If you don't prepare them correctly, you may declare incorrect income and incur penalties and fines from SARS. Or you could present a false picture to any person who relies on your financial statements to make business de... ››› more
  • [05 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]
  • Six factors to consider when preparing your health and safety audit schedule
  • You know you need to conduct health and safety audits regularly. They help you identify the key problems in your Health and Safety System, check you're compliant and helps you prevent problems before they happen. Before you start your audit, you need to draft a schedule to plan how you're going to approach your audit. ..........................Advert....................... Attention! Heal... ››› more
  • [04 January 2017]
  • 5 things your employee has to prove to win a case of constructive dismissal against you
  • We all like to think the working environment we create for our employees is a positive one. But in the high-stress environment that seems an inevitable part of the modern working world, some employees may find themselves in circumstances that they simply can't tolerate. And they'll resign to escape. When they do, you're at risk of claims of a constructive dismissal... If your employee's claims are... ››› more
  • [04 January 2017]
  • 5 Ways to get your business travel costs back
  • As you know, travel is an integral part of business. But the costs associated with travel are high. There's the cost of flights, car rental, accommodation and meals. This is sometimes just the start of the costs. But what if I told you there was a way for you to get some of these costs back? Read on to find out how... *****************Best Seller***************** Can you really afford no... ››› more
  • [04 January 2017]
  • A much needed clarification: How to distinguish absenteeism from desertion
  • Do you know when an employee's absence changes from absence without permission (AWOL), to actual desertion? In case you don't, we want to tell you that courts see these as two separate offences, and so must you. Here's why... What's the difference between absenteeism from desertion? Absenteeism is generally a short period of time off without the employee getting permission. In this case, he... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Avoid these seven tax traps when you prepare for a tax audit
  • As FastJet airline can tell you, a tax audit is no joke. The amount of tax FastJet has to pay Tanzanian authorities almost doubled when interest and fines were added to the outstanding taxes. . Here in South Africa, it's no longer a question of whether or not a business will be subject to an on-site tax audit; it's a matter of when. If your business is facing a tax audit, there are seven '... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Can your employee take annual leave in his notice period?
  • Employers have a lot of questions regarding annual leave. One of these questions is whether or not employees are allowed to take annual leave during their notice period. Read on to find out what the law says... When it comes to annual leave, it's important that you stick to what the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) says you must do. So what does the BCEA say about an employee taking le... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Your 14 step checklist for safe erection of scaffolding
  • If you don't take steps to keep your employees safe when they work with scaffolding, you could be fined R50 000, spend a year in jail or both. Don't take that risk! Use this 14 step checklist to put up your scaffolding safely. If your employees work at heights of 1.5m or higher, make sure the equipment they use is safe for them and the work they carry out. Here's what you must do to put up ... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Do you ask all candidates to show you a copy of their previous payslip? Is this legal?
  • We all do it... We ask to see a potential employee's payslip. But this practice can quickly sour the recruitment process if you ask to see salary payment information at the offering stage. Why? Well, because employees often feel you should pay them what they're worth - and not based on their previous earnings. Keep reading to find out what a study revealed... ***** Need to recruit ... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Six quick tips to make your staff wear their PPE!
  • Your role as Health and Safety Rep is to ensure all your employees wear their personal protective equipment (PPE). If your co-workers don't wear their PPE and you ignore it, you're being negligent in your duties and there are consequences.   .............................HIghly Recommended.......................... Attention! Health and Safety specialists face fines imposed by the Do... ››› more
  • [02 January 2017]
  • How to stay on SARS' good side if you're forced to make a late Vat payment
  • It's good business practice to save yourself time and avoid unnecessary fines and penalties by making your Vat payments correctly and on time. But what happens if your payment is late due to unforeseen circumstances? Read on to discover what your company can do to stay on SARS's good side even with a late payment. It's your responsibility to ensure SARS receives your company's Vat payments corr... ››› more
  • [29 December 2016]
  • Calculating CGT? Make sure you understand these two key concepts first
  • Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is a tax you pay on the profits you make on the disposal (sale) of your assets. And there are two key concepts you must understand before you calculate your CGT. You must understand two key concepts before you take charge of your business's CGT. Assets; and Disposals. Let's take a closer look at each of these key concepts. Understand these two con... ››› more
  • [27 December 2016]



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