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Unemployment rate climbs to 29.1% in 2019 Q3

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on October 29 that South Africa’s unemployment rate increased from 29.0% in 2019 Q2 to 29.1% in the third quarter. This was the highest jobless reading since 2003, and South Africa now has the joint fourth-highest unemployment rate out of 182 countries tracked by Trading Economics.

The importance of having a justifiable reason for fixed term employment

Section 198B of the Labour Relations 66 of 1995 (LRA) provides that fixed term employees earning less than R205,433.30 per annum (Threshold) may only be employed for longer than three months if the work they perform is of a limited or definite duration or if the employer can demonstrate any other justifiable reason for fixing the term of the contract.

Workers already being replaced by robots

There is a technology that is disrupting the workplace, it’s called Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Using software ‘robots’ to mimic repetitive human interactions with computers, this technology can do these tasks much faster, without any rest and no errors that human are prone to making.

UIF draft regulation changes positive for refugees and asylum seekers

The Department of Labour has issued draft regulations that will eventually open the door for refugees and asylum seekers to claim benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

PODCAST | Black on Black – changing the face of leadership...

An interview with Brian Mhlanga, Leadership/Executive Coach & Facilitator, and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing that it is a myth that leadership and executive coaching is ‘not a Black thing’; that the concept is Western and therefore has no value in South Africa.

Recruitment specialist partnering

In an extremely competitive market, with often tough economic challenges, the need for companies to maintain their competitive advantage above the rest is critical. Having the right workforce to drive the business to achieving future goals, and being able to adapt in a continuously changing world where technology drives change and enhances business practices, is a critical success factor in maintaining this competitive edge.

All beliefs are created equal – or are they?

Did you know that your beliefs may be protected by labour laws? But how far do these protections extend – would you be protected for climate change denialism, veganism or being a flat earther?

Legal principles that distinguish a retirement fund from the employer 

It may surprise many employers to realise that there are currently no legal obligations placed on employers to give an employee any retirement benefits, and very often the employee is left to make his own arrangements.  

How NHI will affect your pay and the payroll department

President Cyril Ramaphosa says that all South Africans will be covered by the National Health Insurance (NHI) by 2025, but there is still little clarity as to how the NHI will be funded.

The disabled – the case for incubating entrepreneurs

What would a Framework for including people with disabilities into your supply chain look like in-terms of the latest BBBEE Codes of Good Practice published on the 31st of May 2019?
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