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Debates around procedural fairness in retrenchments

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The Constitutional Court delivered judgement in the case of Association of Mine Workers and Construction Union and Others v Royal Bafokeng Platinum Mine Limited and Others. In this matter, the constitutionality of Section 189(1) of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) was debated.

Putting people first: delivering true digital employee experience

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The need for companies to put their people first has never been greater. The ‘experience’ organisations can now offer their employees – in terms of giving them access to the right digital technologies, applications, culture and support. They can now directly impact business growth and attracting and retaining talent.

Poor conduct can mean poor management

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Consistently poor conduct normally reflects a management that is either unskilled or unwilling to manage employee conduct.

Local labour market trends for 2020

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In 2020, technology is set to continue transforming organisations and skills needs are evolving rapidly. As organisations focus on sustainability, relevance and sourcing and retaining talent, job seekers will need to focus on learnability and skills development.

The dire consequences of carrying a weapon during a strike

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The concept of strikes is not new to South African employers and employees alike. However, within the realm of striking and strike protection there are certain rules and regulations that may be unknown. This is particularly true when it comes to the repercussions of carrying a weapon during a strike.

Respecting your employer’s right to privacy

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Every employer has a right to privacy and as such employees should tread carefully when recording business-related activities, as they could find themselves in breach of confidentiality owed to their employer. While the law provides some leeway for employers to record the conversations and activities of employees, whilst they are engaged in business related activities, and use such recordings against them, as long as it is 'in the interests of justice to do so', employees have a lot less space to manoeuvre when recording the activities of their employers

Understanding the rights and obligations of the parties

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A recent case decided by the South African High Court has examined the curious interplay of an employee's rights as they arise from both the written contract of employment and, at the same time, labour legislation. Although the judgment may at first seem confusing, a careful analysis of its outcome sheds light on how these parallel sources of the parties rights and obligations operate in conjunction.

2020 ushers in new importance for HR and payroll data

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This year will see HR and payroll data play a pivotal role in business, becoming an increasingly valuable asset that provides a snapshot overview of the current status of the business. This is according to Ian McAlister, general manager of CRS Technologies.

Common mistakes SMMEs make when hiring the youth

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SMMEs play a fundamental role in the growth of a country’s economy. For South Africa, small and medium enterprises contribute significantly to the overall GDP and have continued to be in the front-lines of combating one of the biggest socio-economic challenges that affects the country; namely unemployment.

Job offer negotiation rules

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As companies and candidates enter a fresh hiring season in 2020, the time will come where both parties stand at the door of a potential new partnership - arguably the most fragile period of the hiring process. At this stage, when both have clearly indicated their interest in working together, there are certain rules of engagement which must be followed on both their parts to ensure neither snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.

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