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08
Oct

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DON’T MISS THE ARBITRATION HEARING!

It may well continue without you. Where the employer fails to attend an arbitration hearing the arbitrator is entitled to continue without the employer unless the arbitrator is aware of an acceptable reason for the employer’s absence. As it is difficult, in the absence of the employer, for the arbitrator to test the truth of […]

29
Jun

0

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 […]

21
Mar

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DISMISSING ALCOHOLICS/ADDICTS CAN BE COSTLY

It is legally very dangerous for employers to to discipline and fire employees who commit offences due to illness or disability. For example, an employee who uses alcohol or narcotics and becomes addicted is legally classified as being ill and is protected by law.   Section 6 of the Employment Equity Act prohibits unfair discrimination […]

14
Mar

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THE LABOUR DISPUTE SYSTEM – HOW IT WORKS

The Labour Relations Act of 1995 (LRA) makes it very easy for employees to challenge alleged unfair dismissals and other unfair practices at private or statutory dispute resolution forums. Such disputes may, by agreement, be dealt with via private (non-statutory) dispute resolution forums such as AMSA, AFSA, Tokiso and others. On the other hand the […]

07
Mar

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INVESTIGATING MISCONDUCT IS A MUST

Most managers are busy people and therefore claim nor to have time to investigate reports of misconduct or poor performance. It is often for this reason that managers may implement discipline hastily without first investigating the validity of the reports. This may occur due to feelings of anger or to ignorance of the labour law […]

02
Nov

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WORKPLACE WHISTLE BLOWERS ARE WELL PROTECTED

Employees who report employers for committing illegal or otherwise irregular acts are protected, in the first instance, by the Constitution of South Africa. Specifically, section 16 of the Bill of Rights gives everyone the right to freedom of expression and to impart information.   Secondly, the Protected Disclosures Act no.26 of 2000 (PDA) specifically protects […]

05
Oct

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WHEN IS DISMISSAL FAIR?

Case law reveals countless reasons given by CCMA arbitrators for an employer’s dismissal decision to be deemed unfair. For example, in the case of Moloi vs Quthing Construction and Developers CK (2007, 8 BALR 720) the accused was given a final warning after he had been repeatedly late for work. When he refused to sign […]

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