Mark Beckman

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Crafting a Culture of Training Excellence

The synergy between practical training and employee engagement in South Africa's workplaces is the bedrock of organisational success. Employers who understand the intricate dance between nurturing talent and fostering a culture of engagement often find themselves at the forefront of innovation and productivity. This comprehensive guide aims to equip South African employers with strategies that [...]

2024-02-26T14:12:42+02:00February 26th, 2024|Theme|Comments Off on Crafting a Culture of Training Excellence

Constitutional Court denies NEASA and SAEFA Leave To Appeal in major victory for SMMEs in the Metals Industry

In a pivotal ruling on 25 August 2023, the Constitutional Court dismissed the leave to appeal sought by NEASA and SAEFA. This follows the rejection of their previous appeals by both the Labour Court and the Labour Appeals Court. The issue at hand was NEASA's challenge against the decision of the Metal and Engineering Industries [...]

2023-10-31T10:23:23+02:00August 25th, 2023|General, Labour Relations Act|Comments Off on Constitutional Court denies NEASA and SAEFA Leave To Appeal in major victory for SMMEs in the Metals Industry

Protecting your Business and your Employees – The Importance of Loyalty and Trust

In this article of our “Mind Your Own Business” series, we shift our focus to a crucial aspect that underpins a thriving and sustainable work environment - the importance of loyalty and trust in the employer-employee relationship. As a business owner, protecting your business interests goes hand in hand with safeguarding the livelihood of [...]

2023-08-07T09:29:26+02:00August 7th, 2023|General, Theme|1 Comment

Protecting your Intellectual Property – Important lessons from the EOH Judgment

In our continuing our series, “Mind Your Own Business”, this article explores the crucial aspect of protecting your intellectual property (IP) in the workplace. Intellectual property encompasses intangible assets such as patents, trade marks, copyrights, designs and trade secrets, which are essential for maintaining a competitive edge in the market. The recent court matter [...]

2023-08-07T09:25:47+02:00August 7th, 2023|General, Theme|Comments Off on Protecting your Intellectual Property – Important lessons from the EOH Judgment

The nexus between Restraint of Trade Clauses and Unlawful Competition – A Case Study

In our previous article, we emphasised the importance of proper employment contracts and highlighted the significance of including clauses relating to restraint of trade agreements – all aimed at adding an extra layer of protection for your business interests. In this article of our “Mind Your Own Business” series, we unpack the relationship between [...]

2023-08-07T09:21:45+02:00August 7th, 2023|General, Theme|Comments Off on The nexus between Restraint of Trade Clauses and Unlawful Competition – A Case Study

The importance of having proper Employment Contracts that include a focus on Restraint of Trade Clauses

As a business owner, protecting your business and its interests is paramount to ensuring long-term success in the competitive South African labour market. One of the crucial steps in achieving this goal is having comprehensive employment contracts in place. In this, the first article of our “Mind Your Own Business” series, we will explore [...]

2023-08-07T09:20:37+02:00August 7th, 2023|General, Theme|Comments Off on The importance of having proper Employment Contracts that include a focus on Restraint of Trade Clauses

What steps need to be followed upon receipt of the Trade Union demands?

It is common knowledge that trade unions are recognised within the 1996 Constitution of South Africa, which provides for the right to join trade unions and for unions to bargain collectively and have the right to embark on strikes (industrial action). These Constitutionals rights are further entrenched and expanded upon in the Labour Relations Act. While [...]

2023-07-31T11:23:59+02:00July 31st, 2023|General, Labour Relations Act, Theme|Comments Off on What steps need to be followed upon receipt of the Trade Union demands?

The Great Balancing Act. Mastering the Risks and Rewards of AI in your Business

Decoding ChatGPT: Your new digital teammate, not a stand-in. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the hot new hire in businesses worldwide, and if you're an ambitious entrepreneur in South Africa, you've likely caught on to the trend. Particularly in the realms of labour relations and legal affairs, AI has risen from novelty to necessity, promising [...]

2023-07-31T10:51:52+02:00July 31st, 2023|General|2 Comments

Caught in Suspension. The dilemma of awarding performance bonuses when there are evaluation hurdles

In the recent case of Moraka / Road Accident Fund (2023), 32 CCMA 6.7.4 also reported at [2023] 7 BALR 786 (CCMA), it was determined that although the employee was suspended and their performance could not be evaluated, that did not mean they were automatically entitled to a performance bonus. The Applicant was a [...]

2023-07-24T11:15:15+02:00July 24th, 2023|Dismissal, General, Labour Relations Act|Comments Off on Caught in Suspension. The dilemma of awarding performance bonuses when there are evaluation hurdles

Temporary Employment Services and Organisational Rights

Temporary Employment Services (TES) have become increasingly popular in South Africa due to their flexibility and cost-effectiveness. However, due to their unique nature, governing legislation such as the Labour Relations Act as well as various court judgments, also present unique challenges regarding workers' rights and employment conditions. Since TES’s pose a unique scenario, trade [...]

2023-07-24T09:49:41+02:00July 24th, 2023|General, Labour Relations Act, Theme|Comments Off on Temporary Employment Services and Organisational Rights
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