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No minimum wage deal by Workers’ Day – Oliphant

2018-03-27T16:19:10+00:00

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant placed the responsibility for government’s inability to enact the laws which will animate the national minimum wage at the feet of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) and Parliament.

Speaking to reporters in Cape Town on Monday evening, she said, however, that [more…]

No minimum wage deal by Workers’ Day – Oliphant 2018-03-27T16:19:10+00:00

Minimum pay bill ‘deserves more time’

2018-03-22T18:33:30+00:00

The implementation of the national minimum wage could be postponed after interested parties warned that the process to give effect to the policy was in danger of not passing constitutional muster.

They have cautioned that if the legislation was rushed through Parliament, it risked being sent back by the Constitutional Court. Now, they have requested that [more…]

Minimum pay bill ‘deserves more time’ 2018-03-22T18:33:30+00:00

National minimum wage on track for roll-out

2018-03-22T18:29:49+00:00

With the national minimum wage set to be implemented in just over a month, the government says that it hopes to have the bill governing the policy enacted in April and the 13-member minimum wage commission that will monitor the policy’s effectiveness appointed by May 1.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is holding [more…]

National minimum wage on track for roll-out 2018-03-22T18:29:49+00:00

Numsa to march against new labour laws on Human Rights Day

2018-03-22T18:27:29+00:00

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have announced that they will be marching in Gauteng on Human Rights Day to protest against the proposed new labour laws that come into effect in May.

In a statement on Saturday, Numsa national spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, said the [more…]

Numsa to march against new labour laws on Human Rights Day 2018-03-22T18:27:29+00:00

Labour Law Posters – Avoid Penalties & Fines

2018-03-08T15:48:07+00:00

We are regularly asked which posters must be displayed at the workplace of our clients and for that reason and are then asked if our clients should also buy a list of posters which are available at the local stationary store.

Regardless of what your local stationer may say, there are only two (2) summary posters [more…]

Labour Law Posters – Avoid Penalties & Fines 2018-03-08T15:48:07+00:00

Day Zero: The ever-looming crisis

2018-03-06T13:38:39+00:00

The Western Cape is currently in the grips of the worst drought it has suffered in 100 years. Dams in the Western Cape are currently at an average 24.2% of capacity and Level 6B water restrictions are currently underway. This requires that businesses reduce their monthly consumption of municipal drinking water by 45% compared to [more…]

Day Zero: The ever-looming crisis 2018-03-06T13:38:39+00:00

More people on welfare than have jobs in SA

2018-03-06T11:53:49+00:00

There are now more people receiving social grants in SA than there are people with jobs.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s budget highlighted the predicament government finds itself in: there are 17.6 million people receiving grants, against the 16.2 million people with jobs in the country.

In 2001 there were 12.5 million people employed and just 4 million [more…]

More people on welfare than have jobs in SA 2018-03-06T11:53:49+00:00

Optimise background screening with technology

2018-03-06T11:55:54+00:00

For many companies, vetting job applicants is an essential practice in their hiring process. With the growing risk of fraud and deception in the application process and workplace overall, the need for simplified, fast and accurate results is of utmost importance. Through technology and innovation, optimum results has never been easier.

The use of technology in [more…]

Optimise background screening with technology 2018-03-06T11:55:54+00:00

More essential services gazetted to be precluded from strikes

2018-02-28T10:00:39+00:00

More essential services gazetted to be precluded from strikes, possibly also old age homes and nursing homes.

An essential services declaration means a party to a dispute is precluded from participating in a strike or lock-out and must follow a specific conciliation-arbitration approach.

The following essential services proposals and designations have been gazetted:

  • Draft essential services designation [more…]
More essential services gazetted to be precluded from strikes 2018-02-28T10:00:39+00:00

Are restraint of trade agreements important for business?

2018-02-27T08:42:52+00:00

A restraint of trade is an agreement between an employer and an employee, or a provision in an employment contract that restricts an employee from being employed by a competitor of the employer, or establishing a business in competition with the employer following termination of employment.

TIBMS (Pty) Ltd t/a Halo Underground Lighting Systems v Knight [more…]

Are restraint of trade agreements important for business? 2018-02-27T08:42:52+00:00

Monitoring communications in the workplace

2018-02-22T13:54:36+00:00

The Regulation of Interception of Communication and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act, 70 of 2002 (RICA) has become more commonly associated with cell phone sim card registrations. It is a generally unknown fact that RICA deals extensively with, in addition to the above, communications in the workplace.

What RICA regulates in the workplace

RICA regulates an [more…]

Monitoring communications in the workplace 2018-02-22T13:54:36+00:00

Sugar Tax: “Unforeseen Consequences” for Confectionery Industry

2018-02-22T13:45:16+00:00

The South African Revenue Services says it will be engaging with the industry stakeholders through regional roadshows on the implementation of the Sugary Beverages Levy (SBL) which will come to effect from April 1, 2018.

The dates and regions for the roadshows are as follows (venues not yet confirmed):

Sugar Tax: “Unforeseen Consequences” for Confectionery Industry 2018-02-22T13:45:16+00:00

Agri SA can’t say if new minimum wage for farmworkers is fair as it doesn’t represent workers

2018-01-31T11:40:48+00:00

Business Report writes that agricultural sector association Agri SA on Wednesday said that it could not say whether the recent increase in minimum wages for farm and forestry workers was fair or not.

This was after the Department of Labour on Tuesday released the minimum wage rates for [more…]

Agri SA can’t say if new minimum wage for farmworkers is fair as it doesn’t represent workers 2018-01-31T11:40:48+00:00

Incentivise employers instead of fining them …

2017-12-06T00:59:05+00:00

Incentivise employers instead of fining them with amounts twice the value of the underpayment or twice the employee’s monthly wage, whichever is greater plus interest – Cofesa

Government needs to get the economy growing,  cancel the junk status credit rating and resolve state capturing before wage increases can be [more…]

Incentivise employers instead of fining them … 2017-12-06T00:59:05+00:00

CCMA has an eye on agriculture 18 000 more cases of a concern

2017-11-24T12:59:31+00:00

At a recent public meeting in Limpopo, a chief inspector of  the Department of Labour said that of  333 workplaces inspected 40 were not compliant with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

He said that an increase in CCMSA cases are also of concern. 18 000 more employers [more…]

CCMA has an eye on agriculture 18 000 more cases of a concern 2017-11-24T12:59:31+00:00

Refusal to accept retracted resignations does not constitute dismissal

2017-11-13T12:02:43+00:00

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has ruled that that the withdrawal of resignation cannot have any effect unless the employer consents to such withdrawal. The enforcement of the resignation is therefore not an unfair dismissal and applicants have no claim as a result.

In the case [more…]

Refusal to accept retracted resignations does not constitute dismissal 2017-11-13T12:02:43+00:00

Labour Department gets tough on Employment Equity Compliance

2017-11-13T11:59:10+00:00

In July this year, 72 JSE-listed companies were identified as the subject of employment equity reviews by the Department of Labour Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES). As a result of this process, the IES has announced that 50 JSE-listed companies, including the JSE, have been found to [more…]

Labour Department gets tough on Employment Equity Compliance 2017-11-13T11:59:10+00:00

New minimum wages and Code-Accord to resolve violent strikes

2017-11-07T09:51:48+00:00

A minimum of R20 per hour which translates into a monthly wage of about R3 500 for a 40-hour week, and about R3 900 for those who work 45 hours a week.

Further deliberation

The draft legislation will now be referred to Parliament for further deliberation, after which President [more…]

New minimum wages and Code-Accord to resolve violent strikes 2017-11-07T09:51:48+00:00