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  • Does the death of an 'in-law' qualify for family responsibility leave?
  • How often have you had this question: 'My brother-in-law passed away and I need to take family responsibility leave go to the funeral'. And what is your immediate reaction? Yes? No? If your answer is 'no', then you're 100% correct! Let's see why... Case Law: Public Servants Association on behalf of Jonase and Department of Justice & Constitutional Development (2011) 32 ILJ 1271 (BC... ››› more
  • [13 February 2017]
  • Four occasions when you can dismiss for insubordination
  • John just told you to 'get knotted'. Mary ignored your direct instruction and Peter just cost you one of your biggest clients for not doing his job properly. These are all cases if insubordinations and it's always such a tricky subject because it's so difficult to prove. And that's why it's so difficult to dismiss for it! Keep reading to find out when an employee's being insubordinate and... ››› more
  • [30 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Can Sarah refer the matter to the CCMA if her grievance remains unresolved?
  • Your employee, Sarah, lodges a complaint in writing as per your grievance procedure. She explains to you that she's not happy because her office is in a noisy area and she can't do her work properly. You investigate the matter and you find there's nothing you can do about the noise because the company next door is doing renovations and you can't stop them. As a result, Sarah's grievance r... ››› more
  • [19 December 2016]
  • Ask yourself these 5 questions to mare sure your employee's dismissal is substantively fair
  • Do you have an employee that you want to dismiss, but aren't sure if it's substantively fair? Here's how to make sure it is so you don't pay thousands in compensation if your employee takes you to the CCMA. Substantive fairness means there's a fair or valid reason for you to dismiss an employee. If you dismiss your employee and the reason is automatically unfair, you may be ordered to rein... ››› more
  • [13 December 2016]
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