Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market in South Africa

Lockdown Level 4 – Here is what you need to know to be compliant

What does this mean for Employers Your company must conduct a workplace plan prior to opening for business. This workplace plan must include a risk assessment and what steps the company will take to ensure compliance with the additional regulations and requirements during this time. Employers will be held to account on the regulations, although […]

Continue reading
Why you need Human Resources

Why you need a Human Resources (HR) function in your business

A human resources department is a critical component of employee well-being in any business, no matter how small. Human resources professionals are the lifeblood of the company, because their job is to ensure that the business gets the most out of its employees. In other words, the human resource department needs to provide a high […]

Continue reading
Suspending an employee

Suspending an employee

Employees are suspended from duty for different reasons that may include a pending investigation before a disciplinary hearing for misconduct, temporary lay-off due to operational reasons or during retrenchment consultations. In this article we are looking at suspension pending a disciplinary for misconduct and pending the outcome of such a hearing. The law does not […]

Continue reading
Employees and social media

Employees and social media

Have you ever wondered if a controversial social media post could be grounds to get an employee fired? Careless use of social media has been in the forefront of the news in the last few years. Politicians, boisterous teenagers and disgruntled employees have all not been spared as a consequence of their reckless social media […]

Continue reading
Benefits of Performance Management

Benefits of Performance Management

When properly designed and implemented, performance management techniques and processes enable an organisation to monitor, manage and improve strategy execution and the delivery of results. Performance management is therefore one of the most critical factors in an organisation’s success, and the ability to successfully manage performance is the single most important skill for leaders and […]

Continue reading
Retrenchments

What is a dismissal for Misconduct?

Misconduct is a category in terms of the LRA which may a lawful reason to dismiss an employee. Misconduct refers to the actions, conduct and or behaviour of an employee which is improper, unacceptable and/or not in line with the Employers expectations and standards. Examples of misconduct ** There is not an exhaustive list and […]

Continue reading
Retrenchments

What is a dismissal for Incapacity?

It is a dismissal based on the employee’s incapacity to peform his/her contractual duties. The 5 steps PRIOR TO dismissal for incapacity: Ill health / injury NB: Particular consideration should be given to employees who are injured at work or who are incapacitated by work-related illness. The courts have indicated that the duty on the […]

Continue reading
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market in South Africa

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market in South Africa

Many industries are experiencing mass job cuts, with no prospects of increasing their contribution to the economy or the labour market. Unemployment will rise sharply, and this will impact jobs in both the private and public sectors. Employers may realise that they can run their businesses on a much smaller labour force; and employers are […]

Continue reading
Diversity in the Workplace

Diversity in the Workplace

Employers are prioritizing diversity initiatives and investing resources into making sure their teams are set up for success. Focusing on diversity is not only the smart thing to do for your business, but also the right thing to do for humanity. For an organisation looking to cultivate a more diverse and inclusive workplace, it is […]

Continue reading
Forced Leave

Forced Leave

Can an Employer force an Employee to take leave? Employers are allowed to force employees to take their annual leave at a specific time. Example: Forced leave is most noticeable during December when companies close and force employees to take a portion of their annual leave. Paid vs. Unpaid leave Forced leave will usually be […]

Continue reading