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    RELYING ON WRITTEN STATEMENTS ONLY IN A DISCIPLINARY HEARING

    ILLEGAL FOREIGNERS – A CATCH 22 SITUATION FOR EMPLOYERS

    DISMISSAL FOR ILL HEALTH

    EMPLOYEE’S RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?

    PLEA BARGAIN ARRANGEMENTS IN DISCIPLINARY CASES

    FEAR OF SNAKES: A REASON TO REFUSE TO WORK?

    EMPLOYEES ON PROBATION: MISCONDUCT AS A BASIS FOR DISMISSAL

    MOONLIGHTING

    MISCONDUCT OR INCAPACITY – WHEN IN DOUBT?

    ZERO TOLERANCE APPROACH TO DISCIPLINE IN THE WORKPLACE

    ARE VOLUNTEER WORKERS PROTECTED?

    SOCIAL MEDIA – SHOOTING YOURSELF IN THE FOOT

    DO EMPLOYERS REALLY NEED LAWYERS TO DRAFT DISCIPLINARY NOTICES?

    HIGH LEVEL EMPLOYEES ON PROBATION

    DOES TRAVEL OR ‘WAITING’ TIME FORM PART OF WORKING HOURS?

    PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT CLARIFIED

    PHYSICAL SEARCHES, ALCOHOL, DRUG AND POLYGRAPH TESTING-MAY AN EMPLOYER INSIST?

    INSOLENCE AND INSUBORDINATION – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

    THE IMPORTANCE OF SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND THE NEW BBBEE CODES

    EMPLOYER RIGHTS PERTAINING TO PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY LEAVE

    FIXED TERM CONTRACTS: Changes effective 1 Jan 2015

    TERMINATING AN EMPLOYEE’S SERVICES BY AGREEMENT

    CONTRACTING OUT OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS ACT

    CHANGING A DISCIPLINARY SANCTION

    MEDICAL CERTIFICATES BY TRADITIONAL HEALERS

    THE RELEVANCE OF LAPSED DISCIPLINARY WARNINGS

    EMPLOYMENT EQUITY ACT AMENDMENTS EFFECTIVE FROM 1 AUGUST 2014

    ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ALCOHOL AND DRUGS IN THE WORKPLACE

    EARLY TERMINATION OF FIXED TERM CONTRACT BY BALEKA MBETE

    TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE “YOUTH WAGE SUBSIDY”

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

    “PIEMPING” ON A FELLOW EMPLOYEE

    DISCIPLINING EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ON SICK LEAVE

    DISPUTES ABOUT BENEFITS PART 2: DISPUTES OF RIGHT AND DISPUTES OF INTEREST

    DISPUTES ABOUT BENEFITS PART 1: THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN REMUNERATION AND BENEFITS

    DOCTORS ISSUING SICK CERTIFICATES ON DEMAND

    WORKING AFTER RETIREMENT – BUT HOW DOES ONE TERMINATE EMPLOYMENT?

    MAY AN EMPLOYEE WITHDRAW A RESIGNATION?

    CLAIMING FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CLARIFIED

    IMPACT OF AMENDMENTS TO THE EMPLOYMENT EQUITY ACT

    SIGNIFICANT CHANGES COMING TO BBBEE LEGISLATION

    ACCOMMODATING RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

    EMPLOYEES WHO REFUSE TO SIGN A CONTRACT

    HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LRA AMENDMENT BILL

    HOW SERIOUS IS THE TRADE UNION THREAT?

    RETIREMENT AGE – THE EMPLOYER’S CHALLENGE

    QUO VADIS FIXED TERM CONTRACTS?

    ACCOMODATING CULTURAL BELIEFS AND INDIGENOUS CUSTOMS

    TRASHING YOUR BOSS ON FACEBOOK

    AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: WHERE THE LAW STANDS AT PRESENT

    PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE’S DUTY TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION

    NO EASY WAY OUT FOR LABOUR BROKERS

    AMENDMENTS TO LABOUR LEGISLATION: WHAT SHOULD EMPLOYERS BE DOING RIGHT NOW?

    KEEPING UP WITH EMPLOYMENT EQUITY

    DISMISSING IMPRISONED EMPLOYEES

    ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND EMPLOYEE PRIVACY

    NOT ALLOWED TO DISMISS A THIEF?

    TRANSFERRING YOUR BUSINESS – SIMPLIFIED OR COMPLICATED?

    EXPLANATORY NOTES: WHOLESALE & RETAIL CONTRACT EMPLOYMENT

    RETRENCHMENTS BECOME TRICKY

    DEALING WITH DESERTION

    DEALING WITH ‘INVISIBLE’ ILLNESSES

    DON’T CHEW YOUR DISCIPLINARY CHARGES

    DISHONEST JOB APPLICANTS

    PROTECTING WITNESSES IN DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

    RED LIGHTS FLASHING FOR LABOUR BROKING

    FAILURE TO PROMOTE: A POTENTIALLY UNFAIR LABOUR PRACTICE

    CONTRACTING VIA SMS

    THE MANY FACES OF RESIGNATION

    FIXED-TERM CONTRACTS: WHAT HAPPENS IF THE EMPLOYEE WORKS BEYOND THE EXPIRY DATE?

    USE OR ABUSE? ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TO USE COMPANY ASSETS.

    WHEN XENOPHOBIA REACHES INTO THE WORKPLACE

    EMPLOYERS’ LIABILITY FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES’ WRONGFUL ACTS

    COLLECTIVE COVER-UP LEAVES NO PLACE TO HIDE

    MISCONDUCT: THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAR AND KNOWN RULES

    POWER OUTAGES – MUST EMPLOYEES BE PAID?

    WAIVING RIGHTS TO MATERNITY LEAVE

    THE EMPLOYEE’S DUTY TO BE A WHISTLEBLOWER

    FALSE ACCUSATIONS OF RACISM

    AGREEMENT TO TERMINATE EMPLOYMENT DUE TO PREGNANCY

    NEW CONTRACTS NECESSARY IN HOSPITALITY/CATERING INDUSTRY

    FIXED-TERM CONTRACTS: DO FREQUENT RENEWALS RESULT IN PERMANENT STATUS?

    DISMISSAL FOR ABSENTEEISM DUE TO HIV/AIDS

    RETRENCHMENT DISPUTES: TERMINATION NOTICES MAY BE INVALID

    WHEN RELIGION AND REQUIREMENTS FOR GROOMING CLASH IN THE WORKPLACE

    HOW TO INTRODUCE CHANGES IN THE WORKPLACE

    THE STATUS OF PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FALLING ON SUNDAYS

    DEMOTION OF EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES

    REMARKS ABOUT BOERS AND INDIANS CAUSE FRACAS IN THE WORKPLACE

    DISMISSING AN IMPRISONED EMPLOYEE

    PROCEDURAL FAIRNESS IN DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

    PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FALLING ON SUNDAYS

    RETRENCHMENTS: THE EMPLOYER’S OBLIGATION TO OFFER ALTERNATIVES

    POWER OUTAGES – MUST EMPLOYEES BE PAID?

    DISMISSAL FOR REFUSING TO SIGN A CONTRACT

    EPILEPSY, INCAPACITY AND SAFETY HAZARDS: THE EMPLOYER’S DILEMMA

    DAGGA: WHOSE PROBLEM IS IT REALLY?

    DOUBLE JEOPARDY IN DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

    SUSPENSION AS A DISCIPLINARY PENALTY

    POLYGRAPH CONTROVERSY CONTINUES