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06
Jun

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MAKE SURE YOUR EVIDENCE IS RELEVANT

Proof is evidence soundly supported by other relevant evidence. Regardless of the seriousness of an employee’s misconduct his/her dismissal will be found to be unfair if the employer is unable to provide at arbitration sound and relevant evidence that the employee was guilty of the offence for which he/she was dismissed. Proof of guilt is […]

10
Apr

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USE EMPLOYEE CONFESSIONS WISELY

It is understandable that employers assume that employees who confess to misconduct can be automatically fired. However, there are numerous reasons why this is not true. For example: Even where the employee does confess he/she is still entitled to a proper hearing Other facts may show the confession to be fals. The employee may not […]

21
Mar

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PRE-ARBITRATION CAN SPEED UP HEARINGS

One of the key pieces of information in a notice summoning you to a labour dispute forum is the type of process you are being summoned to attend. This may be a conciliation, a con-arb or an arbitration. Should it be a con-arb or arbitration this means that you will need to prepare your case […]

30
Aug

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INTOLERABLE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP PIVOTAL TO JUSTIFY DISMISSAL

The Code of Good Practice: Dismissal provides that, where employers are considering dismissing an employee they should be able to justify this drastic sanction by proving that the employee’s misconduct is so serious that it makes continued employment intolerable. One factor that could constitute such intolerability is the employee’s breach of the trust relationship. For […]

03
Aug

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DISMISSING ILL/INJURED EMPLOYEES CAN HAVE SICKENING RESULTS

The August winds are spreading infections amongst and workplace absenteeism is rife. The challenge for employers is to distinguish the genuine cases of illness from those where employees are just sick of working.   The Labour Relations Act (LRA) requires that employer’s may consider dismissing employees incapacitated by illness or injury only as a last […]

15
Jun

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ALLOW EMPLOYEES TO ATTEND THEIR DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

Item 4(1) of the Code of Good Practice: Dismissal (the Code) attached to the Labour Relations Act (LRA) states, in effect, that the employer should conduct an investigation and allow the employee to state a case in response to disciplinary allegations as part of the requirements for rendering dismissals procedurally fair. Countless case law decisions […]

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