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Do labour laws apply to foreign nationals?

The recent raids on businesses employing illegal foreign nationals in Cape Town underscores the Department of Labour’s mission to ensure that employers comply with labour legislation as it relates to the employment of foreign nationals.

National Minimum Wage Act 9 of 2018 – what you need...

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.  

How to onboard new employees?

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.

Is the workforce an asset or an expense?

Is the money spent on procuring and retaining employee skills an expense or an investment? Either way, employee costs are most often amongst the biggest if not the very biggest.

Religious holidays | What are your rights?

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.

GLOBAL WORKFORCE RISKS

With about half of the world’s fastest growing countries based in Africa, the continent is quickly becoming a global business and economic hotspot. However,...

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.

Facts about remote work?

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.

Best interests of children broaden paid parental leave benefits

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).

Workplace racism – the question of culture?

Is the dismissal of an employee, who compares a fellow employee to a monkey, fair, if the employee doing so alleges the statement was made in a friendly and inoffensive manner, according to the employee’s culture?
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