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DOMESTIC WORKER SECTOR ANNUAL WAGE INCREASE AS FROM 1 DECEMBER 2013

The minimum wages in the Domestic Worker Sector have been increased with effect from 1 December 2013.

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FORFEITURE OF ANNUAL LEAVE

Question: Can annual leave be forfeited?

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS

A study showed that 80% of employees were dissatisfied with the performance appraisal system. Many managers also find it an extremely stressful process, so why not just do away with performance appraisals?

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NEW MINIMUM WAGES AND AMENDMENTS FOR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

The Department of Labour has announced a minimum wage increase for the Hospitality Industry effective 1 July 2013.

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TERMINATION OF A CONTRACT OF TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT

Must an employer give notice of termination of the services of an employee who has been employed on a temporary basis?

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EARLY TERMINATION OF FIXED TERM CONTRACT BY BALEKA MBETE

When employers want to terminate a fixed-term contract before the expiry date, it would seem to make sense that this could be done as long as they pay the employee for the balance of the term. However, a recent Labour Court case involving the Office of the Presidency has highlighted the fact that premature termination of employment may amount to an unfair dismissal.

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TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE “YOUTH WAGE SUBSIDY”

With effect from 1 January 2014 employers can take advantage of the Employment Tax Incentive (often referred to as the “youth wage subsidy”). It appears to be a very simple process, essentially administered by SARS.

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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND THE NEED TO PLAN FOR THE 2014/2015 SUBMISSIONS

The date by which employers have to submit their Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and the Annual Training Report (ATR) to their SETA’s is fast approaching. It has been brought forward to 30 April 2014 (having previously been 30 June of each year).

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TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE “YOUTH WAGE SUBSIDY”

With effect from 1 January 2014 employers can take advantage of the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI), often referred to as the “youth wage subsidy”. It appears to be a very simple process, essentially administered by SARS.

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“PIEMPING” ON A FELLOW EMPLOYEE

What if a fellow employee does something that causes the employer harm – is there an obligation on his/her collegues to report this to the employer?

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DOCTORS ISSUING SICK CERTIFICATES ON DEMAND

Employees are not necessarily the only ones to blame for the abuse of sick leave in South African workplaces. It is a known fact that some doctors earn an easy fee by issuing medical certificates without examining the employee. Most employers assume that they simply have to accept medical certificates at face value.

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EARLY TERMINATION OF FIXED TERM CONTRACT BY BALEKA MBETE

When employers want to terminate a fixed-term contract before the expiry date, it would seem to make sense that this could be done as long as they pay the employee for the balance of the term. However, a recent Labour Court case involving the Office of the Presidency has highlighted the fact that premature termination of employment may amount to an unfair dismissal.

 

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND THE NEED TO PLAN FOR THE 2014/2015 SUBMISSIONS

The date by which employers have to submit their Workplace Skills Plan (WSP) and the Annual Training Report (ATR) to their SETA’s is fast approaching. It has been brought forward to 30 April 2014 (having previously been 30 June of each year).

 

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE “YOUTH WAGE SUBSIDY”

With effect from 1 January 2014 employers can take advantage of the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI), often referred to as the “youth wage subsidy”. It appears to be a very simple process, essentially administered by SARS.

 

“PIEMPING” ON A FELLOW EMPLOYEE

What if a fellow employee does something that causes the employer harm – is there an obligation on his/her collegues to report this to the employer?

 

DISCIPLINING EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ON SICK LEAVE

Just before she has to attend a disciplinary hearing, your employee submits a medical certificate stating that she is unable to attend the hearing because of some undisclosed illness. What should you do?

 

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND THE NEED TO PLAN FOR THE 2013/2014 SUBMISSIONS

With the rather frenetic 2012/2013 mandatory grant submission process a thing of the past, it now becomes vital for Organisations to implement their Workplace Skills Plans (WSP). The need for speedy implementation is certainly exaggerated by the fact that the submission date has been brought forward.

 

DOCTORS ISSUING SICK CERTIFICATES ON DEMAND

Employees are not necessarily the only ones to blame for the abuse of sick leave in South African workplaces. It is a known fact that some doctors earn an easy fee by issuing medical certificates without examining the employee. Most employers assume that they simply have to accept medical certificates at face value.