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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 […]

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 […]

25
Apr

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EMPLOYMENT OF SEX OFFENDERS REGULATED

Certain employers could be prosecuted for employing sex offenders. The employment of certain sex offenders is regulated under chapter 6 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 32 of 2007 (CLAA) and prohibits certain employers from hiring or continuing to employ sex offenders. For the purposes of this law “employers” are defined as those that employ […]

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 […]

28
Mar

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LABOUR LAWS PROTECT NEW MOTHERS

Pregnant employees are strongly protected under South African law. There are no fewer than six pieces of legislation that require employers to treat pregnant and post-pregnant employees with the greatest of care. One of these pieces of legislation is the Code Of Good Practice On The Protection Of Employees During Pregnancy And After The Birth […]

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 […]

22
Feb

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BEWARE OF RETRENCHMENTS FOR POOR PERFORMANCE

The legal procedures that an employer is required to follow in implementing dismissals for misconduct, retrenchments and poor work performance are all different. For instance, it is not normally acceptable to use the procedure laid down for retrenchments in order to deal with poor work performance.   However, while retrenchments and poor performance terminations should […]

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