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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 […]

07
May

0

THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES TO RETRENCHMENT

The current international and South African climate is causing a large number of companies to experience severe financial difficulties. Customer orders are waning, budgets are being cut, profits are dwindling, cash flows are tightening and it is becoming increasingly difficult to pay creditors and staff salaries. In addition to our economic downturn crime is having […]

07
May

0

CCMA CAN DECIDE RETRENCHMENT PROCEDURE DISPUTES

Until the 2002 amendments to the Labour Relations Act (LRA) were introduced the CCMA and bargaining councils had no jurisdisction to decide retrenchment matters once conciliation failed to resolve the dispute. However, the amendments gave jurisdiction to the CCMA and bargaining councils to arbitrate retrenchments where: Only one employee had been retrenched; and The employee […]

06
Dec

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POTENTIAL RETRENCHEES ENTITLED TO REPRESENTATION

When an employer contemplates retrenching employees it must have a good reason for going through with such an idea. Reasons for retrenchment that are not acceptable include the employer’s personal dislike of the employee, a desire to replace the employee with a family member, the employee’s misconduct, poor performance, population group, state of pregnancy or […]

22
Oct

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CROSS-EXAMINATION IS A RIGHT

At a hearing arranged to discipline an employee both parties are entitled bring witnesses. These witnesses may come from inside or outside the workplace. The accused employee has the right to cross-examine the witnesses brought by the employer. The employer is not compelled, in every case, to bring witness that it chooses to leave out […]

27
Jul

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SANGOMAS NOT YET REGISTERED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL CERTIFICATES

Confusion abounds as regards whether employers are required to accept medical certificates from traditional healers. The causes of this confusion are as follows: Firstly, the Traditional Health Practitioners Act No. 22 of 2007 was signed into law in 2008 Secondly, the Traditional Health Practitioners Council (THPC) constituted in terms of this Act has already been […]

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