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Self-Assertive Philosophy

Self-Assertive Philosophy

Here are some points to consider: By standing up for my rights I show respect to myself and I will probably also receive it from others. By trying to avoid hurting other people I eventually hurt others as well as myself. By sacrificing my rights, relationships are often broken and new ones are prevented from […]

Labour Minister Oliphant increases farmworkers minimum wage by 7,7 percent in 2015/16

Labour Minister Oliphant increases farmworkers minimum wage by 7,7 percent in 2015/16

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has announced an upward adjustment to the minimum wage of farmworkers with effect from 1 March 2015. In terms of the new adjustments farmworkers will earn a minimum wage of R2 606.78 per month (2014/2015: R2 420.41); a weekly minimum wage of R601.61(2014/2015: R558,60); a daily rate of R120.32 (2014/2015: R111,72) and […]

Bear safety in mind during the daily commute

Bear safety in mind during the daily commute

As we return to work after the festive break it is important to keep home security and personal safety top of mind. With schools having reopened recently, traffic congestion is likely and may mean extra time needs to be factored into morning routines. “Rushing to ensure that you arrive at the office on time is […]

‘Bumpy road ahead for employers applying LIFO’

‘Bumpy road ahead for employers applying LIFO’

By Neil Searle, Senior Associate in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights department, Fasken Martineau During any retrenchment exercise employers are faced with the difficult task of choosing and applying fair and objective selection criteria.  The Labour Relations Act, 1995 does not state expressly what selection criteria are fair and objective. Over the years our […]

Nissan’s new Qashqai is a winner

Nissan’s new Qashqai is a winner

As I drove into Botha Kelders, the turn-off is on the R33 before you get to Worcester, a Nissan Qashqai pulled up alongside me. It was the first generation model , which, since its launch in 2007, has sold more than two million worldwide, and 20 000 of them to South Africans. My ride was […]

Another corruption buster bites the dust

Another corruption buster bites the dust

Good presidents have difficult second terms. Bad presidents have disastrous ones. Unfortunately, we have a particularly bad president. Eight months into his second term, Jacob Zuma has confirmed every single doubt there may have been around his suitability – and his ability – to lead this country. He has demonstrated, time and time again, that […]

Pricing your home to sell

Pricing your home to sell

With stock shortages increasingly prevalent in the residential property market in South Africa – particularly in sought after metro areas and popular hubs, some may believe that with a return to a sellers’ market, pricing a home to sell in the quickest possible time is a simple matter. This is not necessarily so, says Pam […]

Six myths of enterprise business intelligence

Six myths of enterprise business intelligence

By Robert Fleming, Qlik VP of International Marketing [1] How much of what we think or ‘know’ is untested belief? What if the opinion that we never question and unthinkingly repeat turns out to be patently wrong, making us seem naive? A few examples: –        The Great Wall of China is not the only man-made structure that […]

Crowdfunding Investment Model Gaining Momentum

Crowdfunding Investment Model Gaining Momentum

20 January 2015, Cape Town: Foreign investors are increasingly investing in the US Real Estate market attracted by the surging US dollar and the yields that real estate investments deliver. Until recently, South African investors had limited access to the burgeoning commercial property market currently valued at $12 Trillion total.   According to Real Analytics […]

Back to school safety

Back to school safety

In less than a week, schools around the country re-open for the 2015 academic year. Although the kids may be keen to return to see their friends it can be a time of anxiety for parents, especially those whose children have to travel to and from school by themselves. Martin Kriel, Managing Director of ADT […]

Abscondment

Abscondment

By Jan du Toit After the festive season many employers will be left in the dark regarding the whereabouts of some of their employees that have failed to return to work in 2015. Did the employee find another job or is the employee absent as a result of illness or other circumstances beyond his control? […]

We won't let Zuma replace Hawks with lame ducks

We won’t let Zuma replace Hawks with lame ducks

Yesterday President Zuma took to the podium at the ANC’s 103rd birthday party and proclaimed: “We cannot ignore the scourge of corruption that eats at the fabric of our society and constrains economic development. The ANC must continue to lead in ending corruption.” That statement encouraged me to apply the old “duck test” of inductive […]

LRA commencement and new regulations published

LRA commencement and new regulations published

By Judith Griessel, Griessel Consulting Labour Relations Amendment Act commencement 1 January 2015. LRA new regulations with effect from January 2015 (including new forms to be used). Invitation for representations for what would constitute temporary work in terms of section 198A(1)(c) of the new LRA – 90 days. All in Government Gazette 38317 published on […]

A typical customer service promise

A typical customer service promise

A TYPICAL CUSTOMER SERVICE PROMISE We will deliver and install the equipment within two working days; We will provide you with a 24-hour toll free helpline 365 days a year; In the event of any problem with the product, we promise next-day service at your home or office, provided that we are notified by 16H00; […]

SA Today: Unpacking the most important issue of 2014

SA Today: Unpacking the most important issue of 2014

Unpacking the most important issue of 2014  On this Reconciliation Day I write my final newsletter of 2014. I wanted to focus on the theme of reconciliation, sweeping away the accumulated irritations of a complex year. Now I am just going to have to do so quietly and privately, which is probably best for everyone. […]

What does "on the whole not less favourable" mean?

What does “on the whole not less favourable” mean?

By Aadil Patel Director, Employment Law, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr The wave of amendments to employment legislation has seen a codification of the case law relating to the principle of ‘equal pay for equal work’. The principle has been codified by s198 of the amendments to the Labour Relations Act, No 66 of 1995 (LRA) and […]

Equal pay for work of equal value - getting practical

Equal pay for work of equal value – getting practical

By Judith Griessel, Griessel Consulting The amendments to the Employment Equity Act in August 2014 have brought changes to the unfair discrimination dispensation in terms of section 6 of the Act. Most notably was the addition of so called “unequal pay for equal work” provision as a form of unfair discrimination. Employers and HR professionals […]

Valuing your customers - phrases that arouse anger

Valuing your customers – phrases that arouse anger

There are numerous phrases that exasperate customers.  If you’re interested in resolving problems and satisfying customers, you’ll avoid these phrases: “You’re going to have to ……” “What did you do?” “Its company policy that ……” “You can’t …….” “You’ll have to talk with ……” “Why are you talking to me about……?” ‘I’m new here.” “That’s […]

Is reinstatement necessarily retrospective?

Is reinstatement necessarily retrospective?

By Ndumiso Zwane, Senior Associate, Employment, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr In the recent case of David Themba v Mintroad Sawmills (Pty) Ltd (J 1683/2012), Judge Snyman was required to determine whether reinstatement is coupled with retrospectively. Essentially, the issue which needed to be decided was whether employers have to pay their reinstated employees back pay. In […]

Warning, it may be the festive season and you're inclined towards going with the flow!

Warning, it may be the festive season and you’re inclined towards going with the flow!

By Saber Ahmed Jazbhay, Attorney and Labour Law Practitioner And so you decide to throw caution to the winds and share a ‘rationally offensive “joke”’ via e-mail. Stop, think before you press the send button. You will, in all probability get fired. This is what happened to the applicant in Chetty v Toyota South Africa […]