The National Minimum Wage Act 9 of 2018 (NMWA) came into effect on 1 January 2019. The NMWA provides for, amongst others, a national minimum wage; the establishment of a National Minimum Wage Commission; a review and annual adjustment of the national minimum wage; and the provision of an exemption from paying the national minimum wage.
If there’s one resolution HR departments should make this new year, it should be to transform the onboarding experience for new hires. The importance of a good candidate experience cannot be underestimated. Research has shown that 88% of job applicants are more likely to buy from a company if they’ve had a positive experience when applying for work there.
With Easter and various other public holidays imminent in March and April, most South African employees are anticipating a few days’ off from their daily work routines. But, this period also raises the question about other 'religious holidays' and the stance of labour law on these.
Remote work is a global, growing phenomenon that only seems to be gaining in acceptance, but there are many misconceptions about it from thinking it’s a way of skiving off or that it leads to employee disengagement. However, the reality is very different. Many people from big established companies, prefer and need to work remotely to think innovatively, tackle special projects or simply just to get work done.
On 23 November 2018, the Labour Laws Amendment Bill was signed into law. The Bill provides a minimum period of leave entitlement to employees who are fathers, adoptive parents and parents in a surrogate motherhood agreement, amending the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIF).