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The wise use of time

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The wise use of time

We all know that “Sunday night blues” feeling, when you start pondering on your to do list for the coming week. Often we get stuck on thoughts like “how will I find the TIME to get everything done? Have I managed my time efficiently to get the most out of the week ahead? Maybe I should just postpone a few meetings this week to catch up with last week’s work that I did not finish…” Thoughts like these often lead to a backlog on your current work, unhappy clients, and a general feeling of being out of control. So basically, we waste precious...

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Salary Negotiations and Expectations for Candidates

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Salary Negotiations and Expectations for Candidates

Money really does make the world go round, especially once you avail yourself as a new job seeker. There are many do’s and don’ts when it comes to salary negotiations and it is my belief that when you adhere to the following guidelines you will walk out of the interview with a big smile and a satisfactory bank balance. 1.  Don’t talk money too early. Once you have met with the recruitment consultant, you should have a good idea what the client is offering salary wise. Make sure to “close to the no” with the consultant. This means that you...

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Employment Equity – Compliance is the only answer

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Employment Equity – Compliance is the only answer

ARE YOU STIL DECIDING IF YOUR COMPANY SHOULD COMPLY OR NOT? HERE ARE THE REASONS WHY COMPLIANCE IS THE ONLY ANSWER. The purpose of the Employment Equity Act, No 55 of 1998 is to achieve equity in the workplace by promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment through elimination of unfair discrimination and implementing affirmative action measures to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups, in order to ensure equitable representation in all occupational categories and levels in the workforce. All...

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“Temporary employment – maybe not that temporary after all.”

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Newsletter | 0 comments

“Temporary employment – maybe not that temporary after all.”

The amendments to South African Labour Legislation, especially contained in Section 198 have been the subject matter of much heated debate and criticism the last couple of months, as the Labour Relations Amended Act 6 of 2014, came into effect on the 1st of January 2015. In some cases referred to the CCMA, the Respondent parties even gave notice in the media that rulings will be taken on review in the South African Labour Court. Most employers are shocked when being informed that their “temporary employee” is not actually temporary when...

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Retirement Age

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Retirement Age

“Retire from work, but not from life” – M.K Soni During the past few months, I have been confronted with the question: “When must an employee retire?” The fact of the matter is that there is no Act describing the age for retirement. It is the prerogative of the Employer to determine the retirement age applicable to his Company, whether it is in the employee’s contract of employment or in a policy to which the employee agreed to in writing. In Kirsten and Southern Cross Manufacturing CO Ltd t/a Southern Cross Industries (2006) 27 ILJ 2471...

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Dear Candidate

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Dear Candidate

As a Recruitment Consultant that has 7 years’ experience in the industry, I have seen a lot and learnt a lot over the years.  I am happy to share some useful tips regarding the daunting task of looking for a new job, and how to make sure your recruitment consultant fights for you all the way. I recently interviewed a candidate for a pretty high profile job.  Initially he looked outstanding on paper.  He had all the fancy wording and terminology on his CV and an extremely impressive job description. His references were all there.  He also had...

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Can an Employer prematurely terminate a fix term contract?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Can an Employer prematurely terminate a fix term contract?

It has now been established by the Labour Relations Amendment Act that employers may still employ employees on a fix term contract under Section 198 B, provided that certain conditions are adhered to.   The problem now arises that for example the employer employs the employee on a fix term basis for three (3) months and then prematurely terminates the fix term contract and decides to pay the employee for the remainder of the contract.   For most it would make sense that there would be no risk involved should the employer still pay the...

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Labour Law Amendments

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Labour Law Amendments

The Labour Relations Amendment Act (LRAA) of 2014 came into effect on the 1 January 2015 and it is important for everyone in the working environment to understand these changes and the consequences that non compliance can impose. The Labour Relations Amendment Act (LRAA) responds to the increasing number of people engaging in informal employment. The Act sets out to ensure that vulnerable categories of workers receive proper protection. The Act further responds to enhance the effectiveness of the Labour Court, the CCMA and other labour market...

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My employee got injured, what is my obligation as employer?

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Newsletter | 0 comments

My employee got injured, what is my obligation as employer?

When the Department of Labour comes knocking on your door one of the first things they will request is proof that you are registered with the Compensation Fund. Many employers neglect to register their company with the Compensation Fund. The purpose of this article is to make employers aware of what COIDA is; why it is important for employers to register for COIDA and what the process is that employers need to follow to register their company with the Compensation Fund. We will furthermore also discuss when, who and how exactly can you claim...

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Hearsay Evidence

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Hearsay Evidence

“Psss…. Did you hear that Thabo told Anita that he saw how Jason beat Carl at work since they had a fight about a girl?” During disciplinary hearings a chairperson often gets confronted by hearsay evidence, when a person will testify on behalf of a certain party, on only what he heard from another party, but did not see such incident occur and/or never spoke to the initial parties involved.   Hearsay evidence can be defined as: “Evidence that is offered by a witness of which they do not have direct knowledge but, rather, their testimony is...

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