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Aligning Annual Wage Increments with External Realities

South African businesses faced a multitude of challenges during the preceding financial year. Load shedding posed a significant obstacle, disrupting operations and increasing costs. The railway freight logistics sector also grappled with security challenges, including cable theft, vandalism, and track theft. These security breaches disrupted schedules and inflated transportation costs and had a cascading effect [...]

2024-03-14T09:04:48+02:00March 8th, 2024|Wages|Comments Off on Aligning Annual Wage Increments with External Realities

Rising Tides: The National Minimum Wage & Keeping Your Business Buoyant

The recent announcement by the Department of Employment and Labour to increase the National Minimum Wage (NMW) from R25.42 to R27.58 per hour, effective from 1 March 2024, marks a critical juncture for South Africa’s labour market. This legislative change is aimed at addressing longstanding issues of living wages and economic disparity, seeking to uplift [...]

2024-03-12T14:09:06+02:00February 7th, 2024|Wages|Comments Off on Rising Tides: The National Minimum Wage & Keeping Your Business Buoyant

Collective Bargaining – The 2024 National Wage Negotiations for the MEIBC & BCCEI

Reflecting on 2022, members of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) undoubtedly recall a momentous juncture that reshaped the landscape for Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs). During this significant period, official communication reverberated throughout the MEIBC, bearing news of a landmark triumph for small businesses. For the first time in the Council's [...]

2023-12-13T11:13:16+02:00December 13th, 2023|Wages|Comments Off on Collective Bargaining – The 2024 National Wage Negotiations for the MEIBC & BCCEI

Navigating Minimum Wage Compliance: Lessons from the Quantum Foods Case

The National Minimum Wage Act (NMWA) has been a significant milestone in the pursuit of social and economic justice for vulnerable workers in South Africa. It aims to protect low-wage workers from exploitation and improve their earnings by setting minimum wage standards. One of the critical questions arising from this Act is how various components [...]

2023-11-27T11:11:27+02:00November 27th, 2023|General|2 Comments

But I worked two Sundays this month – I haven’t been paid correctly!

Even with the quick progression of technology and better record-keeping systems when it comes to employee hours and work done, there nonetheless still exists numerous disputes that arise as a consequence of overtime and Sunday hours worked by an employee. As a general rule, the ordinary hours worked and any overtime or Sunday hours worked [...]

2023-05-18T12:46:36+02:00January 9th, 2023|Contracts, Theme|Comments Off on But I worked two Sundays this month – I haven’t been paid correctly!

Can employers calculate wages by including commission to comply with the National Minimum Wage Act?

In certain industries, such as hospitality, retail sector, estate agents and financial advisory, commission is an important component of the payment structure of these employees. In the calculation of the employee's remuneration, on more than one occasion, the question arose if the commission forms part of the calculation to comply with the National Minimum Wage [...]

2022-08-19T11:34:16+02:00August 19th, 2022|Wages|Comments Off on Can employers calculate wages by including commission to comply with the National Minimum Wage Act?

The impact of the new earnings threshold on the BCEA, LRA and EEA

Section 6 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) makes provision for the Minister of Employment and Labour to publish a determination on the Commission’s advice that will exclude employees earning above a certain amount per year from sections of chapter 2 of the Act. In a gazette published on 8 February 2022, the [...]

2022-02-25T07:00:29+02:00February 25th, 2022|Labour Relations Act|Comments Off on The impact of the new earnings threshold on the BCEA, LRA and EEA

The National Minimum Wage Act 9 of 2018 (NMWA)

The NMWA aims to advance economic development and social justice by protecting workers from being paid unreasonably low wages. The Act applies to all workers and their employers except members of the National Defence Force, the National Intelligence Agency and the South African Secret Service. Every employer may not pay wages that are below the [...]

2022-01-10T13:35:48+02:00January 10th, 2022|Wages|Comments Off on The National Minimum Wage Act 9 of 2018 (NMWA)

Withholding Pay in Times of Industrial Action

There are a number of options that are available to employers during industrial action, one such option being the employer's right to withhold salaries and wages of those employees who are participating in a strike. Withholding pay, naturally, is the most effective method to dissuade employees from embarking on a strike, after dismissal, of course, [...]

2021-06-14T13:09:06+02:00June 14th, 2021|Strikes|Comments Off on Withholding Pay in Times of Industrial Action

The inner workings of Section 73A of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act

Purpose: Section 73A of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (“BCEA”) confers jurisdiction on the CCMA to conciliate and arbitrate disputes in which employees earning below the prescribed threshold may claim monies owing to them in terms of the National Minimum Wage Act, the BCEA, a collective agreement, a sectoral determination or contract of employment. [...]

2020-12-21T09:10:41+02:00December 21st, 2020|Contracts, Wages|Comments Off on The inner workings of Section 73A of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act
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