Category Archives: Employment

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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Employers: Is it pay discrimination to differentiate on length of service?

In the Employment Equity Act (EAA) there is a wide definition of unfair discrimination which lists gender, race, religion and so on. Recently a phrase was tagged onto this discrimination clause which says “… or on any other arbitrary ground”. … Continue reading

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Relief in sight for workers losing their jobs

The parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Labour has recommended amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIF). As this received support from all parties, it is almost certain to be promulgated into law in the next few months. In view of the … Continue reading

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Employers: Do you face a double penalty if you contravene two acts?

“Will you still need me…..when I’m sixty four?” (Beatles) A recent Labour Appeal Court case highlighted the need, when planning to terminate an employee’s services, to ensure that the correct legal procedure is followed.  More interestingly, it answered the question … Continue reading

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