dismissal

Can I be dismissed for wearing High Heels to work?

Company policies and procedures are a set of internal guidelines that establish the rules within the company. These guidelines assist in communicating to employees what can and cannot be done in the workplace. An example of a company policy would be their dress code. In the recent Judgement of Mofokeng vs The CCMA and Others [...]

2022-08-23T12:36:37+02:00August 23rd, 2022|Dismissal|Comments Off on Can I be dismissed for wearing High Heels to work?

Making sure the dismissal of the employee as a result of misconduct is substantively fair

There comes a time that every employer will probably have to attend a matter at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) or possible other Bargaining Council at some point in their ownership of a company. This is not something anyone wants to deal with but, unfortunately, cannot be left in the hope that [...]

2022-08-10T11:33:43+02:00August 10th, 2022|Dismissal|Comments Off on Making sure the dismissal of the employee as a result of misconduct is substantively fair

To leave no “stoned” unturned

In a recent judgment handed down in the matter of Bernadette Enever v Barloworld Equipment, a division of Barloworld South Africa (Pty) Ltd (JS633/20 and JS926/20) LC, the Labour Court upheld the dismissal of an employee for the breach of the employer’s zero-tolerance Alcohol and Substance Abuse policy whereby the employee repeatedly tested positive for the [...]

2022-07-12T14:36:07+02:00July 12th, 2022|General|Comments Off on To leave no “stoned” unturned

Is reinstatement always the appropriate remedy?

One of the primary functions of the CCMA is to “keep employees employed”. Therefore, it is not surprising that reinstatement or re-employment is the primary remedy for an employee whose dismissal was unfair. Section 193 of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (hereinafter referred to as the LRA) provides that where an arbitrator finds [...]

2022-07-05T15:31:33+02:00July 5th, 2022|Dismissal|Comments Off on Is reinstatement always the appropriate remedy?

Dismissal for a WhatsApp message

WhatsApp is a popular means of communication; employers often create group chats within their Company to communicate instructions or share relevant company information. But what happens when an employee uses this means of communication to share his or her view of a topic that could ultimately affect the working environment? In a recent CCMA decision, [...]

2022-06-30T12:19:46+02:00June 30th, 2022|Dismissal|Comments Off on Dismissal for a WhatsApp message

What form of discipline should I follow when an employee commits an offence?

Disciplinary action can be taken against employees that have committed a form of misconduct. There are different forms of discipline, the form that will justify the offence depends on the seriousness of the offence and whether the employee has breached the particular rule before. The following forms of discipline can be used (in order of [...]

2022-06-22T10:10:32+02:00June 22nd, 2022|General|2 Comments

The Impact of Misconduct on the Trust Relationship

The Labour Relations Act places the trust relationship between the employer and employee at the heart of the employment relationship. Therefore, it can be assumed that an act of misconduct would impact that trust relationship and render continued employment impossible. While that may seem like the logical basis for dismissal, employers are cautioned against making [...]

2022-06-14T10:55:16+02:00June 14th, 2022|Dismissal, General|Comments Off on The Impact of Misconduct on the Trust Relationship

“It’s like you never left”

When a matter is referred to Arbitration, one of the possible awards handed out by the Commissioner is reinstatement. Generally, the award of reinstatement flows as a result of a referral related to a dismissal or end-of-contract matter. With reinstatement, the Commissioner directs the employer (the Respondent) to restore the employee (the Applicant) to their [...]

2022-06-13T10:27:39+02:00June 13th, 2022|Arbitration, Dismissal|Comments Off on “It’s like you never left”

Is an employee’s refusal to vaccinate an operational requirement, or does it constitute incapacity?

The CCMA first determined whether an employer may dismiss an employee based on incapacity in the matter of Theresa Mulderij v Goldrush Group, GAJB 24054-21. The CCMA found the dismissal of an employee due to her permanent incapacity to be fair and upheld the company's dismissal. In this case, the employee was unvaccinated, and her [...]

2022-06-07T13:50:29+02:00June 7th, 2022|Dismissal, General|Comments Off on Is an employee’s refusal to vaccinate an operational requirement, or does it constitute incapacity?

The little white lie, does it justify a dismissal?

The Code of Good Practice: The section dealing with Dismissals states that one of the requirements of a fair dismissal is that it must be the “appropriate” sanction. An arbitrator must make a value judgment regarding the fairness of the employer’s decision, considering all the relevant circumstances. When determining the gravity of the misconduct, the [...]

2022-06-02T12:33:26+02:00June 2nd, 2022|Dismissal|Comments Off on The little white lie, does it justify a dismissal?
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