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A career in human resources can be a rewarding and enriching experience. It offers a way to improve the lives of others, while at the same time making a difference in the world. 


Section 197 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) comes into effect where an undertaking (or part thereof or a service) of any kind is transferred by one employer to another as a going concern. This forces the new entity to take over all the employees of the old undertaking. 


Human Resource Managers perform an important role in companies in South Africa and around the world.


It happens too often that I receive panicked phone calls from employers who had received an unfavourable arbitration award in respect of a CCMA case that they never knew existed. That is, the employer had never received a summons to appear at the CCMA. In one such case the award required the employer to pay many tens of thousands of rands to an ex-employee. This can happen for a number of different reasons including:


A training activity is a term used for any planned undertaking that improves an individuals qualifications, knowledge or expertise. A training activity is prepared in advance to teach specific abilities to a specific audience.


Despite South Africa’s employment equity legislation, the biases and discrimination that characterised the ‘old South Africa’ still exists in the hearts and minds of many people.


Lack of awareness of Constitutional and labour law protections of employees from foreign countries has prompted many employers to mistreat illegally employed staff. That is, employers have paid illegal immigrants low wages, deprived them of employee benefits and have dismissed them at will.


The employment of certain sex offenders is regulated under chapter 6 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 32 of 2007 (CLAA) and prohibits certain employers from hiring or continuing to employ sex offenders. For the purposes of this law “employers” are defined as those that employ staff who, directly or indirectly, deal with or come into contact with children or mentally disabled persons (MDP) in the course of their work.


Now is the right time to work with a professional organisation that can help you prepare your business so you and your employees are safe.


Moving from the structured educational environment of varsity into your first job is daunting for most people. Even where higher education adequately prepared students about what to expect, taking that first step into the world of work is often accompanied by fear of the unknown, and doubt about one’s ability to be successful.

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