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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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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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Ellen Tshabalala: an unqualified failure

22 December 2014

I heard a snatch from a radio programme last week that tried to assess what people thought of Ellen Tshabalala’s resignation as chairperson  of the SABC. I was annoyed that the reporter, who was interviewing members of the public, focussed on the importance or otherwise of having proper qualifications. That misses the point entirely and is…

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Cher or Thatcher: Does grammar matter in the workplace?

10 April 2013

Why bother with grammar? Why do we need it? It’s too complicated. Who cares anyway? With Twitter and Facebook and SMS-speak, people understand what we are saying without our having to get all that grammar stuff right; and, of course, spelling doesn’t matter any more. Or does it? Well, Twitter exploded in a frenzy on…

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