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Don’t doctor sick notes!

In business and labour, sick notes are of utmost importance, they play a far bigger role in effective HR management than many realise. Misunderstanding of the basic function of the sick note can lead to problems in terms of people management.

You can no longer discipline an employee after a resignation!

Employees often resign with immediate effect when facing disciplinary action. Employers may be unsure whether they can continue with an intended disciplinary action? Unfortunately, the Labour Courts' decisions on this issue have not always been clear or consistent.

Incompatibility as a Ground for Dismissal?

"An employer has the prerogative to set reasonable standards pertaining to the harmonious interpersonal relationships in the workplace" - words by Mokgoatlheng AJ in the case of Jabari v Telkom SA (Pty) Ltd. This case reveals the lesser known of the lawful grounds for dismissal in South African employment law - incompatibility.

Labour unrest – economic consequences of strikes

After conducting intensive research into the topic of strikes and labour unrest, the Mandela Initiative came to several conclusions. One of these was that the right to strike is made up of a delicate balance between the power of firms and the rights of employees, and is considered a sign of a healthy democracy.

The IAS and the CA(SA) of the future | Agile learning,...

The future Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)] will look a lot different from the CA(SA) of the past, according to Professor Gary Swartz, founder of the Institute of Accounting Science (IAS), but if numbers remain numbers, and formulas remain formulas, what must change for the evolution of the CA(SA)?

How will professional accountants remain relevant?

Future shifts in demands and activities are unavoidable for all professions. The future of the accounting profession as one that remains relevant and vital to the prosperity of the societies in which it operates, depends on its ability to focus on what is required to sustain its relevance in an evolving, changing, and technologically-dominated future.

The office psychopath – they walk among us!

Dr Renata Schoeman | Leadership Lecturer and renowned Psychiatrist | University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) | mail me  | Psychopaths are not just found...

Solicitation lands former employee in hot water

In the recent case of Massmart Holdings Limited v Theron, the Labour Court provided guidance regarding the calculation of damages suffered by an employer as a result of a former employee breaching a non-solicitation undertaking.

Traditional healer (Sangoma) medical certificates

Lianne Freedman | CEO | EconoServ | lianne@econobee.co.za | www.econoserv.co.za | The issue of medical certificates that come from traditional healers is a sensitive issue that needs...

Dagga in the workplace!

With the imminent relaxation of the use and cultivation of dagga, it is important for management to carefully look at their workplace policies. Workplace policies need to be very robust, given that both employers and employees are tasked with creating a safe workplace. 
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