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Taryn Strugnell Managing Editor Labour Law For Managers

  • Tax invoices 101: Here's what's acceptable when it comes to tax invoices
  • The following in tax invoices will stand up to SARS' scrutiny Are there any inaccuracies in your tax invoices? If SARS asks you to sign this document... STOP! Put down that pen. You have the right to refuse SARS is very strict when it comes to tax invoices. For example, you must ensure certain details appear on your tax invoice and you must adhere to certain require... ››› more
  • [16 June 2017]
  • The one thing you must get right to fire a thieving employee successfully...
  • Your employee stole a laptop from you. And you have all the proof you need. Pretty much an open and shut case. So you give him his notice to attend a disciplinary hearing, which says 'you stole from us' and hope the obvious ruling will be his dismissal. But... You're wrong. You didn't get this one thing right... **********************   Get all the ammunition you n... ››› more
  • [14 June 2017]
  • No more hiding! Encourage your employees to report incidents with these seven tips
  • When it comes to 'promoting a culture of health and safety' in the workplace, one of the most important aspects is to encourage employees to report incidents in the workplace. Doing so will ensure that hazards and risks in the workplace are dealt with before they can affect someone else, which could put your business in a risky legal position. To promote a culture of reporting incidents in ... ››› more
  • [14 June 2017]
  • Save thousands and get your employees to keep an accurate, SARS-compliant logbook
  • Here's what your employee needs to know about keeping an accurate logbook Put a stop to all your company car and travel allowance headaches today How you can save R26 983 with an accurate logbook A vital part of managing your employees travel allowance is his logbook. This must accurately detail his travel expenses. If his logbook isn't 100% accurate and up-to-... ››› more
  • [13 June 2017]
  • Can you retrench a fixed-term employee?
  • So, 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? Let's take a look... Simplify your work and save thousands! Now you don't have to scour the internet for hours or pay a labour ... ››› more
  • [09 June 2017]
  • Can you retrench a fixed-term employee?
  • So, 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? Let's take a look... Simplify your work and save thousands! Now you don't have to scour the internet for hours or pay a labour ... ››› more
  • [08 June 2017]
  • Seven simple steps to calculate your provisional tax correctly
  • Has SARS sent YOU a nasty penalty assessment because your provisional taxes were incorrect? Use these seven steps to calculate your provisional tax correctly Find detailed calculations and examples for these seven steps here With provisional tax, you estimate and pay your taxes in two payments in the financial year. It's one payment every six months, instead of having to pay one big amount at th... ››› more
  • [02 June 2017]
  • Can you retrench a fixed-term employee?
  • So, 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? Let's take a look... Simplify your work and save thousands! Now you don't have to scour the internet for hours or pay a labour consultant t... ››› more
  • [31 May 2017]
  • I bet you don't know the difference between these three risk assessment essentials!
  • Here's how you can be 100% sure your risk assessments are legally compliant... Remember, you must do a risk assessment to be compliant with the OHS Act! Do you know the difference between these three simple, but essential risk assessment terms: A danger, a hazard and a risk? I know it sounds silly, but I recently attended a seminar on Risk Assessments and you wouldn't... ››› more
  • [24 May 2017]
  • How to complete and submit your provisional tax
  • The 31 August 2017 provisional tax (PVT) payment deadline is just around the corner. As you know you have to take the time to go through your calculations to make sure you're paying the right amount to avoid penalties from SARS. If you missed our last article on how to calculate your provisional tax payment, have a look here. All you need to do now is prepare your return to file by the 31st ... ››› more
  • [12 May 2017]
  • 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]
  • Five input tax claims you're NOT allowed to make
  • Input tax is the VAT you pay your suppliers in the course of your business as well as VAT paid on goods you import. SARS allows you to claim the input tax for your relevant tax period when you complete your VAT return. While this is the case, there are input tax claims you aren't allowed to make. Read on below to find out what they are so you can comply with SARS and avoid penalties. Every... ››› more
  • [08 May 2017]
  • Here's how to claim input tax back on your staff's flu jabs!
  • It's not just your health and safety officer who needs to pay attention when there's a medical expense or emergency in the office. Picture this... Winter is flu season and Star Consulting didn't want its 500 staff members to spend time off sick. So it hired a mobile clinic to come to the office and give its staff flu injections. The clinic charged R50 per injection, so the total amount... ››› more
  • [02 May 2017]
  • Ask SARS to suspend your payment in two simple steps
  • When it comes to a VAT dispute with SARS, do you know when you should pay, or if you should pay the disputed taxes at all? You need to get this right, or you'll incur unnecessary penalties. You can ask SARS to suspend your payment, with a payment suspension request. Let's look at an example. Example   Furniture Friend gets a VAT assessment for R84 000, including penalties and interest f... ››› more
  • [01 May 2017]
  • Facing a VAT audit? Make sure you have these nine financial records at hand...
  • Nothing causes more panic in a business owner than receiving a notice from SARS that your business is facing a VAT audit. But most of the panic comes from uncertainty of what to expect. You may not even have done anything wrong, so don't worry. Your VAT audit may have been triggered simply because your accountant entered a zero in the wrong spot on your VAT return. And having these nine docu... ››› more
  • [28 April 2017]
  • How to work out how much tax your investments attract
  • As a business owner or shareholder, a popular way to invest is to hold or trade shares. You hold shares to make money. Either you'll hang on to your shares for a while and reap the benefits in the form of capital growth and dividends. Or you'll look at selling short to take profits on the movement in share price. The tax consequences hinge on whether the gains or losses you receive are of ... ››› more
  • [27 April 2017]
  • SARS reveals five helpful hints for completing your ITR12T form
  • As a trustee, you have a legal duty to complete and send an Income Tax Return for your Trust to SARS every year. Failure to do so is an offence and could result in harsh penalties. The good news is, SARS is going to make your Income Tax Return for Trust (ITR12T) completion seamless. It understands that the ITR12T may be a bit tricky and it wants to help you submit an accurate return and be c... ››› more
  • [13 April 2017]
  • Use these seven tips to improve ventilation in your workplace - or face penalties
  • If your employees are experiencing headaches, dizziness, sinus congestion, itchy or watery eyes, scratchy throats and an inability to concentrate at work, poor ventilation is probably to blame. And if you don't improve the ventilation in your workplace, you'll risk your business facing hefty penalties or even getting shut down! It will also contribute to unproductivity and increased sick leave ... ››› more
  • [11 April 2017]
  • Does your Health and Safety Representative perform these five key tasks?
  • As an employer you know it's key to improve the health and safety of your workplace. But important tasks can be overlooked or forgotten, and this is why you need a health and safety representative. Here are five tasks a health and safety representative (HSE rep) should do to keep your workplace safe! ************** The only DoL recognised guide to select your Health and Safety Representative ... ››› more
  • [07 April 2017]
  • Three things your employees must never do with their safety gloves
  • Your employees' personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital to keep them safe. Without it, they're vulnerable to serious injuries. The most common of which are hand injuries. This is because your employees constantly work with the hands and, when they use tools and machinery, it puts them in danger. That's why you give them safety gloves as part of their PPE. But to ensure their safety ... ››› more
  • [07 April 2017]
  • 13 Ways to protect your employees' information and stay on the right side of POPI
  • Just as you have a right to protect your company's privacy, so your employees have a right to privacy too. And since the President signed the Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI) last month, you now have a legal duty to protect your employees' information! Here are the top 13 ways you can keep your employee's information safe and sound... The 13 best ways to protect your employee'... ››› more
  • [31 March 2017]
  • Four steps SARS has to take before removing money out of your bank account
  • The money in your company's bank account isn't totally under your control! SARS can demand you pay someone else's taxes. With the Tax Admin Act telling taxpayers that ignorance is no excuse, make sure you know your rights and how to prevent SARS from taking money out of your bank account. For SARS to recover any tax debt, you have to receive an assessment. And the assessment should be correct.... ››› more
  • [24 March 2017]
  • Can I dismiss an employee who has falsely accused other employees of racism?
  • Let's say, one of your employees comes to you to report a group of colleagues for racism. Because you have a zero-tolerance approach to racism in your company, you investigate the matter immediately. After your investigation, you find that the employee who reported the incident has falsely accused his colleagues. You're now wondering whether or not you can dismiss him for this form of misco... ››› more
  • [23 March 2017]



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