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Feb

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POOR CONDUCT CAN MEAN POOR MANAGEMENT

Occasionally employees misbehave or misperform because they do not want to work and prefer to get fired. However, in my experience this is more the exception than the rule. More often, consistent poor conduct or poor performance reflects a management that is either under skilled or unwilling to manage employee conduct. As a result we […]

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 […]

19
Oct

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CCMA GUIDELINES ON MISCONDUCT CRUCIAL

Early last year I informed readers of the CCMA’s decision to draft a set of guidelines on Misconduct Arbitrations in terms of the provisions of the Labour Relations Act (LRA). These guidelines were implemented in January 2012. The stated purpose of these guidelines is to “…promote consistent decision making in arbitrations dealing with dismissals for […]

12
Oct

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NEDLAC PROCESS BESET BY CONFLICTING AGENDAS

‘NEDLAC’ stands for the National Economic Development and Labour Council. This is a high level forum where, amongst other things, legislation regarding labour and economic development issues is debated and formed in preparation for enactment in Parliament. This body therefore has a major responsibility to arrive at proposals for legislation that will promote economic development […]

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 […]

21
Sep

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HEARSAY EVIDENCE CAN RENDER DISMISSALS UNFAIR

At a disciplinary hearing the chairperson should reject evidence that is legally inadmissible. One type of evidence that may be ruled inadmissible is hearsay evidence. This occurs, for example, where the person placing the evidence before the presiding officer is not the person who witnessed the incident. For instance, the complainant may call the bookkeeper […]

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