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Unemployment blight can be alleviated with the correct remedy

Stats SA recently announced South Africa’s unemployment rate has increased to 27.6%. The expanded rate increased to 38%, which translates to 9,994,000 unemployed people.

The legalisation of cannabis does not extend to the workplace

Whether the recent Constitutional Court case of Minister of Justice and Correctional Services v Prince and Others, in which the private use of cannabis was declared legal, has any bearing on an employer’s ability to discipline employees for being under the influence of cannabis whilst on duty.

Labour Relations Act: the legality of verbal contracts

In the recent case of NUMSA obo Nomanyane and another v Grupo Antolin (Pty) Ltd MICT28342, heard before the Metal Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC), the Commissioner was tasked with determining whether a fixed-term contract of employment must be in writing or not.

PODCAST | The risk of millennials in the workplace

PODCAST An interview with Alex Roberts, Regional Director, Sales and Operations, and Jessica Knight, Strategic Manager Product & Channel, CURA Software Solutions, and Dr Ivor Blumenthal,...

Rethinking people processes for a changing workforce

The South African workforce is growing. The number of public university graduates continues to climb, with Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) reporting that 203,078 South Africans graduated in 2016, up from 165,995 in 2012. And with this year’s graduation ceremony season just passed, a fresh crop of young professionals is hungry to make their mark in the workplace.

No work on public holidays

In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 75 of 1997 (BCEA), all employees are entitled to a minimum number of days leave per year. This minimum leave entitlement is 21 consecutive days leave per annual leave cycle, which is in effect 15 working days leave per annum.

DMR’s 2018 mine health & safety statistics

At the beginning of March, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) released the Mine Health and Safety Statistics (statistics) for 2018​. The DMR compiles and publishes these statistics annually.We have analysed the statistics and highlight some important facts together with some interesting insights.

Pareto’s principle and burnout

Burnout affects both individuals and organisations and is a service delivery and efficiency and effectiveness crisis waiting to happen. While Pareto’s Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule or ‘the law of the vital few’, does not necessarily have a 80/20 ratio (but let’s carry on using the ratio for ease of communication), it is well observed that most results are generated by a minority of the action (and actors):

Helping employees and their families gain education

For South African companies who have the available resources, there is a great initiative from the government which will allow companies to help employees and their families gain an education.Education should never be limited to just the rich and powerful. We need to empower a whole generation by giving them the education they need to better their lives.

Indicators of innovation in today’s workforce

It’s been proven that industry leaders who invest in new technology and innovation achieve better productivity and return on investment. However, for this to be true, an organisation needs to be ready for innovation, not only technically but also culturally.
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