Category Archives: Employment

Employees on probation: Can you dismiss for poor performance?

“… arbitrators should hesitate to interfere with employer’s decisions on whether probationary employees have attained the required performance standard, or with the standards themselves” (extract from judgment below) Our laws allow employers to hire new employees on a probationary basis, … Continue reading

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Worker Burnout: Too Much Work and Unclear Goals

“‘Burnout’, n. ‘Physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress’” (Oxford Dictionaries) Two issues have come to the fore in terms of staff experiencing burnout – bosses who work too many hours, and conflicts in terms of duties performed. … Continue reading

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Employers Take Note – We Can Still Learn From the Peter Principle

“Leadership is nature’s way of removing morons from the productive flow” (Dilbert) The ‘Peter Principle’ has been around for nearly fifty years. Recent research has underlined that it is still valid today. It has implications for how we promote staff … Continue reading

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Beware: Employee Misrepresentation on CVs is Getting Worse

Not surprisingly, considering what we hear every day in the news, employers are finding that candidate employees are more and more embellishing and misrepresenting aspects of their career, as well as omitting embarrassing aspects altogether. It is also getting increasingly … Continue reading

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Good Staff Relationships Are Just As Important As Pay

There are strikes seemingly now all the time and usually the dispute is over wage increases and benefits. On the other side of the coin, when employers speak, they often talk of the country’s skills deficit and labour laws. Recent … Continue reading

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The New Travel Allowances: How Do They Affect You and Are They Working?

For the new tax year changes were made to how we are reimbursed for business travelling expenses. Why did SARS make changes and to which type of travel allowance? Travel allowances have been around for a long time. Initially, they … Continue reading

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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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