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Zero-Tolerance – Problematic Clauses in Employment Contracts

Upon appointment in a new position in a business or organisation, employees are usually issued employment contracts that contain a myriad of clauses, terms, and conditions. One such clause which often gets overlooked is the “zero tolerance approach to alcohol use”. In practice, intoxication is interpreted to mean “being under the influence of alcohol to [...]

2024-07-15T09:05:25+02:00July 15th, 2024|Theme|0 Comments

Discretionary Bonuses – Problematic Clauses in Employment Contracts

South African Labour Law does not provide for compulsory payment of bonuses unless the employer falls within the ambit of a specific Bargaining Council or if a particular company policy makes such a provision. Therefore, without a Policy or Bargaining Council regulating a particular industry, an employee has no automatic right to a bonus. The [...]

2024-07-08T11:14:19+02:00July 8th, 2024|Theme|Comments Off on Discretionary Bonuses – Problematic Clauses in Employment Contracts

Balancing Flexibility and Stability

The origins of employment relationships derive from principles of Common Law and remain the basis of employment relationships in labour relations as they exist today.  Many of the provisions of the Common Law employment contract have subsequently been amended and regulated by adopting legislation that sought to remedy the inadequacies of the Common Law, such [...]

2024-06-04T09:22:42+02:00June 3rd, 2024|Theme|Comments Off on Balancing Flexibility and Stability

Maximising Time Off

Annual leave is vital to all employees' well-being, offering them a much-needed respite from their daily work endeavours. Embedded within South Africa’s labour framework, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) outlines the rights and entitlements surrounding annual leave. This article will briefly discuss the provisions, implications, and benefits it holds for both employers and [...]

2024-05-23T11:15:02+02:00May 23rd, 2024|Theme|Comments Off on Maximising Time Off

Why do employers fail to issue UIF documentation and service certificates to employees?

It frequently happens that employers are required to attend the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) under the auspices of referrals, such as Section 73A disputes, which can sometimes be quickly resolved by providing the employee with their UI19 documents and certificate of service. These issues can be very inconvenient for an employer as [...]

2023-05-18T12:40:38+02:00February 20th, 2023|General, Theme|Comments Off on Why do employers fail to issue UIF documentation and service certificates to employees?

Disciplinary action & the withholding of benefits, do I sense double jeopardy?

When an employee commits misconduct, the employer must take disciplinary action against that employee. In some cases, employers also deduct the employee’s remuneration or withhold certain benefits as punishment. Can this be regarded as double jeopardy? Is an employee being punished twice for the same offence? In Solidarity obo K Oelofse vs Armscor (Soc) Ltd [...]

2023-02-14T15:15:59+02:00February 14th, 2023|General|Comments Off on Disciplinary action & the withholding of benefits, do I sense double jeopardy?

Unlawful deductions when employees are dismissed

Upon termination of the employment relationship between an employer and an employee, a final payslip will be issued to the employee, which may indicate certain deductions. These deductions are often met with dissatisfaction and misunderstanding from employees who tend to seek some form of relief. Although certain deductions to an employee’s salary are permitted, employers [...]

2023-05-18T12:41:56+02:00February 9th, 2023|General, Theme|Comments Off on Unlawful deductions when employees are dismissed

An employer appointed an employee with a fake degree; what now?

Specific job requirements demand that the candidate possess a particular degree or qualification. What can an employer then do if it is discovered, after the appointment, that the qualification is fake or has been forged by the employee? Before answering this question, students and job seekers should be aware of the new National Qualifications Framework [...]

2023-02-07T14:04:11+02:00February 7th, 2023|General|Comments Off on An employer appointed an employee with a fake degree; what now?

Keeping tabs: The importance of proper record keeping in business

The requirement for record-keeping arises from the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), wherein Section 29, read with Section 31, provides that an employer must keep a record of the terms and conditions of employment for each employee. The Act further provides that employers must record the working hours of all employees in an attendance [...]

2023-01-30T13:11:14+02:00January 30th, 2023|General|Comments Off on Keeping tabs: The importance of proper record keeping in business

Risk of a verbal dismissal and the denial thereof

Some employees and employers who are not affiliated with any labour consultancy, employer organisation or trade union may need to be better informed about the steps or processes that need to be followed when one of the parties wants to terminate the employment relationship. In some cases, employers may find themselves in situations where employees [...]

2023-05-18T12:44:41+02:00January 23rd, 2023|Dismissal, Theme|Comments Off on Risk of a verbal dismissal and the denial thereof
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