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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).
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.
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?
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?
In the previous article we discussed recent developments is case law relating to disputes about ‘benefits’. We pointed out that such disputes that would previously have been referred to the Labour Court because it related to remuneration, may now be referred to the CCMA on the basis that the employer has exercised its discretion unfairly. But there is another potential obstacle that needs to be considered – this is the argument that the CCMA does not have the jurisdiction to arbitrate on so-called ‘disputes of interest’.
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.
Employers have been avoiding liability for unfair labour practice claims relating to “benefits” for some time. It has been argued, often successfully, that the CCMA lacks jurisdiction where a dispute about benefits relates to remuneration. This and other barriers have since been eroded significantly.
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.
It sometimes makes sense for companies to allow certain employees to continue working after the agreed or normal retirement age. The question is this: How does one go about terminating employment during that period?
May an employee withdraw a notice of termination and must the employer accept the withdrawal? And is there a distinction between desertion and resignation without proper notice?
It is a misconception that companies can only be reimbursed for training provided by external SETA-registered institutions. Companies can in fact also be reimbursed for structured internal, day to day training as well as Learnerships offered.
The Bill seeks to rectify anomalies and clarify uncertainties that have arisen out from the interpretation of the EEA in the past decade. We will also see the expansion of the powers of the Labour Inspectorate and the jurisdiction of the CCMA.
The DTI recently published a number of proposed amendments to the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act for comment, which if implemented will have a significant impact on organisations, making it more onerous to retain or improve their ratings.
In a society with diverse religious beliefs employers are challenged not only to be tolerant, but also to accommodate that diversity in the workplace. To what extent must religious beliefs and practices of employees be accommodated?
Generally an employee may not be dismissed for refusing to sign a contract of employment. But are there circumstances where the employer can take stronger action short of dismissal?
Finally we have clarity about the nature of the forthcoming amendments to the LRA and BCEA.
The key difference between misconduct and incapacity lies in the fact that the former involves intentionally or negligently breaking the work place rules.
An employee’s right to maternity leave could pose operational problems for an employer, particularly for a small business. But how far can the employer go to protect its business interests.
How does an employer introduce changes that are not to the employees’ advantage without damaging the employment relationship or facing legal challenges.
With the end of the year around the corner, some employers face the prospect of employees going on leave and not returning on the due date or not returning at all. What is the correct way of dealing with such a situation?
Due to the growing prevalence of HIV in society, employers are experiencing an increasing impact on the workplace. Absenteeism is increasing and speculation about the risks to non-infected persons is rife. Are employers permitted to assess the extent of the disease in their workplace, or even go so far as to determine the identities of those who are infected?