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Reinstated? What does it mean and entail

Reinstated? What does it mean and entail

By Saber Ahmed Jazbhay, Attorney and Labour Law Practitioner The Constitutional Court judgment in Equity Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd v Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration and Others, is authority on the issue of reinstatement and what it means. The Court specifically dealt with the meaning of ‘reinstatement’ awarded in terms of section 193 of […]

When The Workplace Becomes Unbearable' – Update

When The Workplace Becomes Unbearable’ – Update

By Johann Scheepers The modern workplace is characterised by all sorts of conflict. The extent of operational demands on the employer and employee is ever increasing. Traditionally competitors were confined to a limited and easily identifiable group. However, as it is often mentioned by very important persons, ‘The world has become a global village’, or […]

The ANC’s crisis is the People’s opportunity

The ANC’s crisis is the People’s opportunity

Having spent a week in Germany, to participate (among other things) in a seminar on the implications for democracy of the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years ago, it has been exhilarating to return to the turbulence of South African politics. It is always salutary to analyse our democracy in a broader context. And […]

How to avoid overspending this holiday season

How to avoid overspending this holiday season

With the holiday season around the corner, many of us are already considering what gifts to buy for Christmas, which hotel to stay in, and what sites to visit. While this may seem very exciting, all of it costs money – and with prices rising due to the peak season, it can be extremely easy […]

PR campaign success is less about the bling and more about the ​plan

PR campaign success is less about the bling and more about the ​plan

Dominique Pienaar, Gauteng regional manager, DUO Marketing + Communications The most critical time in any public relations campaign lifecycle, is the first 30, 60 and 90 days – the time in which you have to go from proposal to delivery mode, with the added impact of excellent and more importantly, sustainable customer service. But what […]

The essential rules of good business etiquette

The essential rules of good business etiquette

‘Good manners are the art of making those people easy with whom we converse.  Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy is the best bred in the company’.  Jonathan Swift – 1720 What Jonathan Swift wrote nearly 300 years ago still applies today.  It is important to make those around you feel at ease; to show […]

Important notice to all the Compensation Fund Stakeholders

Important notice to all the Compensation Fund Stakeholders

Important notice to all the Compensation Fund Stakeholders: Transfer of Class 13 Employers (Iron, Steel, Artificial Limbs, Galvanising, Garages, Metals, etc.) to the RMA By Tinus Boshoff According to Government Notice (G.G. 38044 of 03/10/2014) the Department of Labour (Compensation Fund) has extended the license of the Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) in terms of section […]

Holiday safety tips for business owners and employees

Holiday safety tips for business owners and employees

As we head into the holidays, many business owners may appoint additional employees to support staff during the festive season. In recent weeks there have been a number of newspaper reports of robberies at businesses in big malls and in smaller complexes. “It is important that owners and employees discuss safety concerns and how to […]

Alcohol at work functions

Alcohol at work functions

By Judith Griessel, Griessel Consulting It is the time of year when many year-end functions typically take place and whether this is on- or off premises, it usually involves alcoholic refreshments. To what extent should an employer who makes alcoholic beverages available to employees during a function, be responsible to try and mitigate the effects […]

The Internet has changed our brains. Has your company stayed the same?

The Internet has changed our brains. Has your company stayed the same?

By Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing, Gumtree SA The way we think, read and shop has changed for good. The way we shop online and the way we operate offline are distinctly different things. Our minds have become used to toggling between screens, with some purchases better suited to fast data-point shopping experiences and others […]

How many smoke breaks?

How many smoke breaks?

By Jan du Toit Smoking in the workplace remains a topic of heated debates between smokers and non-smokers. This is not because employers allow employees to smoke in non-designated areas, but rather as a result of the amount of time employees are allowed to smoke during working time. Smoking in the workplace is regulated by […]

Need a uniform? Can employers still ask for payment?

Need a uniform? Can employers still ask for payment?

By Lauren Salt, Associate, and Sidasha Naidoo, Candidate Attorney, Employment, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr The Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act (BCEAA) came into operation on 1 September 2014. The amendments see the insertion of s33A into the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, No 75 of 1997 (BCEA), which aims to prevent employers from requiring employees […]

Tell us the Truth, Minister Nene

Tell us the Truth, Minister Nene

On his return from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference in Geneva last week, a colleague told me this revealing story about South Africa’s delegation there: Four senior ANC Members of Parliament at the conference made sure they squeezed every drop of benefit from the Ministerial Handbook. They opted for individual chauffeur-driven Mercedes Benzes to ferry […]

How to prepare and supplement forn enduro events

How to prepare and supplement forn enduro events

Enduro events, an adventurous form of motorcycle sport on courses that are predominantly off-road, have become increasingly popular in South Africa’s sports and fitness community. According to professional off-road enduro racer and USN ambassador, Kenny Gilberts, there are many misconceptions when it comes to preparing for endurance events, particularly with regards to supplements. “I often find that enduro competitors load their bodies with anything and everything that they are able to get their hands on. This is not sustainable as your body needs to be managed well and fuelled properly.”

Five ways to save money this holiday season

Five ways to save money this holiday season

Before you know it, another year will be coming to a close, but not before the holiday season comes around. Christmas is the time to spend with family and friends, spoiling both them and yourself. But this can be expensive. You probably don’t want to be starting the New Year with an empty pocket, so […]

New commission to look into BEE fronting

New commission to look into BEE fronting

By More Matshediso Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Tuesday announced that the department will soon look for nominations and applications for the establishment of a commission to look into fronting. Minister Davies said the commission, which will be headed up by a commissioner, will deal with fronting, fraud and other issues that affect […]

Professional behaviour in the business environment

Professional behaviour in the business environment

Etiquette Etiquette is all the customary rules of social behaviour in civilized society. In business and professional circles we concentrate on codes of behaviour which apply to specific situations.  Etiquette is the social code for successful human relations. Any person who deals with the public and comes into contact with colleagues needs to know good […]

Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value: How do we get there?

Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value: How do we get there?

The Employment Equity Act, 47 of 2013 & Employment Equity Regulations, 2014 By Johann Scheepers Important Issues and Questions? The Employment Equity Amendment Act, 47 of 2013 [EEA] and the Employment Equity Regulations, 2014 [EER] came into effect on 01 August 2014, ‘with barely a ripple in the human resources community…surprising, since this was the […]

Ebola requires thorough preparation, not panic

Ebola requires thorough preparation, not panic

In 2007, Lebanese-American risk analyst, statistician and author, Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb, published a book called The Black Swan, which has since been described in a (US) Sunday Times review as one of the twelve most influential books since World Ward II. In this book he sets out what he calls the Black Swan Theory […]

Fibre land grab turns to gold rush

Fibre land grab turns to gold rush

Rob Lith – In a recent article we noted a spate of excellent low-cost fibre-based Internet offerings from a spread of providers, pointing out enormous benefits for customer of all sizes and fortunes. And while there has been little to suggest any downside, signs are that a kind of gold fever is gripping the telco […]