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Corporate healthcare benefits are always a hot topic of debate around the water cooler. If companies don’t offer healthcare they’re severely criticised and if they do it’s often considered not comprehensive enough.

One of the most important ongoing tasks you’ll have as a business leader is hiring, and it’s not easy. You need to find the right candidate for the right job if you truly want your business to succeed. Here are five ways to improve your hiring process. 

Despite ongoing economic uncertainty, global and South African employers are still feeling the impact of the Great Resignation. Over three-quarters of South African employees (77%) are actively looking for a new job, and it’s not easy to win over top talent, especially in high-demand fields.

Human resources (HR) is the division of a business that is responsible for finding, screening, recruiting, and training job applicants. If you want to pursue a career in the HR industry, there are many institutions in South Africa that offer HR courses.


South Africa’s Constitution gives all accused persons the right to defend themselves. Cross examination is a key tool used for this purpose. It is used universally in courts and tribunals and gives an accused the opportunity to challenge his/her accusers.

Think you can resign to avoid being dismissed? You'd be wrong. Employees are taking to resignation as a way of avoiding the sting of being dismissed, but as Nicol Myburgh, Head: CRS Technologies HCM Business Unit, points out, this is not an approach that's going to work.


South Africa’s labour legislation was largely conceived by our country’s trade unions. As a result the statutes heavily protect employees and, in particular, protects the jobs of workers.

The CCMA, from time to time, suffers case backlogs and delays in resolving disputes. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the CCMA is overloaded with cases, and the caseload is constantly increasing.

On 18 March 2022, the Minister of Employment and Labour (Minister) published the ‘Code of Good Practice on the Prevention of Elimination of Harassment in the Workplace’ (Harassment Code). The Harassment Code is effective from 18 March 2022. The Minister has, simultaneously, repealed the ‘Amended Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases in the Workplace’.

Double Jeopardy occurs where an employee is punished twice for the same incident of misconduct or poor performance. Normally, such discipline would be found to be unfair. However, one view is that a second disciplinary process might be justified if the employer is able to present evidence that:

Where the employer fails to attend an arbitration hearing the arbitrator is entitled to continue without the employer unless the arbitrator is aware of an acceptable reason for the employer’s absence. As the arbitrator has little or no way of testing the truth of the employee’s evidence he/she will most often accept the employee’s version and find against the absent employer. This is called a default judgement.

As organisation leaders get to grips with another challenging year, it is important to create nurturing and supportive environments to achieve long-term success and resilience. 

Dishonesty has traditionally been seen as a serious offence and one that could render an employment relationship intolerable. This is because dishonesty damages the ability of the employer to trust the employee. 

When an employer contemplates retrenching employees it is required by the Labour Relations Act (LRA) to first consult about this prospect before making any decision to retrench. Where the relevant employees belong to a trade union the employer is required to consult with that union on a number of issues, the most important of which is any means of avoiding job losses. 

Human Resources (HR) plays an important role in developing, reinforcing and changing the culture of an organisation. The HR department is responsible for recruiting new employees as well as retaining current ones.

Where the job itself is permanent it is dangerous to employ staff on anything but a permanent contract. This is firstly because the Labour Relations Act provides for fixed-term employees to have a reasonable expectation of renewal of their contracts at the expiry date.

Why is Human Resources (HR) so important in the workplace? HR is responsible for the policy of “performance” management. It monitors, evaluates and supports an organisation's workforce.

Human resources is the most important department in any company. It is the central hub for all of the employees and everything that they do. The HR department is responsible for recruiting and hiring, on-boarding, compensation and benefits, employee performance management, training and company culture.

In the case of Maepe vs Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration & another (CLL Vol. 17 June 2008) a senior commissioner at the CCMA was brought to a disciplinary hearing on charges of sexual harassment and improper or disgraceful conduct. A CCMA receptionist had accused the senior commissioner of having professed his love for her, blown her kisses and told her that he clutched her photo to his chest. 




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