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18
Jul

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UNPLEASANT CCMA SURPRISES FOR EMPLOYERS

BY   lvan lsraelstam, Chief Executive of Labour Law Management Consulting. He may be contacted on (011) 888-7944 or 0828522973 or on e-mail address: ivan@labourlawadvice.co.za. Web address: www.labourlawadvice.co.za. This article first appeared in The Star. A while ago I received a panic phone call from an employer who had received an unfavourable arbitration award in respect […]

29
Jun

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FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF RACISM DANGEROUS

Despite South Africa’s employment equity legislation, the biases and discrimination that characterised the ‘old South Africa’ still exists in the hearts and minds of many people. Such unfair discrimination could include, but is not limited to, discrimination on arbitrary or subjective grounds such as race, gender, family responsibility, religion, age, disability, opinion, and trade union […]

01
Jun

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DEAL CAUTIOUSLY WITH ABSENTEEISM

Ensure that the rights of absent employees are adhered to before dismissing The law considers absenteeism over short periods (a day or two) without leave or without good reason as minor misconduct. However, when even short periods of absence become the norm amongst a workforce this can constitute an extremely serious problem for the employer. […]

30
May

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REFUSED PROMOTION CAUSES COMMOTION

Employees do not ordinarily have an automatic entitlement to a pay increase or to advancement up the corporate ladder. However, the Labour Relations Act (LRA) does allow employees who have been passed over for promotion to lodge an unfair labour practice dispute at the relevant bargaining council. Should the industry in question have no bargaining […]

24
May

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EMPLOYERS HAVE CLOSE SHAVE WITH RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION

Section 6 of the Employment Equity Act (EEA) prohibits unfair discrimination against an employee on arbitrary grounds One of these grounds is that of religion. This means that no employer is entitled to discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment purely on the grounds of the employee’s religion. For example, it would be discriminatory […]

22
Apr

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WITNESSES ARE KEY AT HEARINGS

Should an employer fail to bring any witnesses to a CCMA arbitration the employer’s representative will find it extremely difficult to win the case because witness testimony normally forms the crucial core of the procedure at any hearing. The procedural guidelines laid down require the arbitrator to start off by explaining the arbitration process and […]

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