Category Archives: Employment

Here’s what You Should Know About “YES” (our Youth Employment Service) and the Opportunity for SMEs

One of the most intractable problems facing South Africa is high unemployment, particularly (and this is a global problem) among the youth. Initiatives to deal with the issue have failed and our unemployment has risen from 21% in 2008 to … Continue reading

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Directors: The Steinhoff Debacle Highlights Your Exposure to Personal Liability

The “new” Companies Act of 2008 promised to place greater accountability and liability burdens on directors. This was in response to directors being given greater powers in the Act. Importantly, the Act does not distinguish between non-executive and executive directors.    … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Starts Soon: Make Sure You Are Ready

The new minimum wage provisions, originally due to start on 1 May but now reportedly facing delay due to the high number of submissions received from the public, will affect us all significantly. Assuming that the National Minimum Wage Bill’s … Continue reading

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Payslips Are Important! A Practical Guide to Getting Them Right

Getting payslips correct for your staff carries legal responsibilities for both you and the staff member. Payslips are of course often used in the public domain, such as for getting bank loans, and so they are a public reflection of … Continue reading

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You Don’t Need a Formal Enquiry to Dismiss an Employee

“Normally, the employer should conduct an investigation to determine whether there are grounds for dismissal. This does not need to be a formal enquiry. The employer should notify the employee of the allegations using a form and language that the … Continue reading

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Robots and the Rise of AI: Will New Technology Lead to Greater Unemployment?

“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.” (Warren Bennis, American … Continue reading

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Which is Better for Your Business? Lots of Rules or a Few Good Principles?

Most of us are weighed down by compliance. Think of FICA, more onerous tax compliance, BBBEE, Employment Equity – the list is endless, more rules to deal with increasing complexity. How does business manage its operations with all these external … Continue reading

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SMMEs and BBBEE Firms – Government Wants To Do Business With You

The government spends over R500 billion annually on goods and services. Promises have been made for several years that government would promote small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Government has also promised to help emerging Black business through its Broad Based … Continue reading

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It’s COIDA Time Again!

The Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) is a statutory insurance policy for your employees and pays them compensation if they are killed, injured, disabled or contract an occupational disease or illness whilst at work. Employers are required … Continue reading

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Staff Dismissals: Beware, There’s No Honour Amongst Thieves and No Short Cuts

“A plague upon it when thieves cannot be true one to another!” (Falstaff, in Henry IV Part I) We know how time consuming dismissing staff can be. It leads to loss of productivity and extra legal costs can be incurred. But … Continue reading

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