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Two of the biggest mistakes made when firing employees

6 July 2017

The following is an article I contributed to Formfactory, who asked various experts in labour relations and labour law, “What are the biggest mistakes employers make when firing employees?” Please add your ideas to the conversation below. Since employers lose some 60% of cases referred to the CCMA, serious mistakes are being made. Two of…

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Seven Questions You Need to Ask Before a Disciplinary Enquiry

6 June 2017

One of the problems managers have when it comes to difficult, ineffective, poor-performing employees, is our emotional state. By the time we decide we must act, either because the behaviour has been going on for so long or the incident is so serious, we are really angry and want nothing more than to chase the…

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Sexual Harassment and Other Misconduct: Employer Risk

5 September 2016

Employers beware! The appointment and promotion of managers and supervisors is much more risky than you thought. Since no one is a perfect fit, we are used to assessing whether a candidate’s shortcomings can be dealt with through training and coaching. A lack of technical and people-management skills is the risk we know about. But…

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Unemployment: Hope only for the highly skilled

18 April 2016

The headline proclaimed: ‘Weakened rand leads to conservative hiring’, (Engineering News, 08 March 2016), and 8 percent of respondents to Manpower SA’s second-quarter Employment Outlook Survey projected a decrease in staffing levels for the next quarter (April to June 2016) while 77 percent projected no change. On the other hand, 13 percent suggest they will…

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AARTO and You: Driver demerits and your employees

13 January 2016

The long-awaited Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) takes effect countrywide on 1 April this year (2016) providing for the implementation of a points demerit system for road traffic offences. This will have serious consequences for serial offenders, but it will also affect businesses and those employees whose contracts of employment require them…

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Unfair Retrenchment Practice: Severance Pay

11 September 2015

Someone asked a question on a LinkedIn forum recently. Her organisation was ‘downsizing’ and about 20 employees were being retrenched. Some of those being retrenched were offered contracts of service as independent contractors. They specifically asked the employer whether they would remain on the payroll. They were told that they would not as they would…

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