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Jeppesen and the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association team up to launch 2017-18 Captain Jepp Challenge.

As a parent you want to ensure that your child makes good career decisions, but how do you do that without encroaching on their ambitions?

This week Ivan Israelstam provides a comprehensive explanation on what is required to investigate allegations of misconduct.  Ivan points out that ignoring incidents represents poor management, but before acting upon allegations of misconduct, it is important to conduct investigation into the all the relevant evidence of misconduct. 

This week Ivan Israelstam addresses the danger of an approach used by some employers, who have not effectively managed performance and behaviour. To remove "troublesome" employees - who should have been disciplined or performance managed - the employer goes to great lengths to manipulate positions, and to create a redeployment pool, which effectively amounts to a redundancy pool. Ivan demonstrates how the Labour Appeal Court has the power to uncover alternative agenda, and the consequences of such poor management performance. 

South Africans must brace themselves for a busy Tuesday, as hundreds of activities will take place around the country in celebration of the annual Nelson Mandela International Day.

South Africans must brace themselves for a busy Tuesday, as hundreds of activities will take place around the country in celebration of the annual Nelson Mandela International Day.

This week, Ivan Israelstam explains the legally distinct reasons for dismissal: for misconduct, for poor work performance, and for operational requirements.  These are distinctly different reasons, and each has a distinctly different procedure to achieve a legally compliant dismissal. There are always exceptions in the cases, but employers are well-advised to follow the standard methods for each circumstance. 

Even though Khayelitsha entrepreneur, Bulelani Mvotho (39), endured a number of set-backs he persevered and today Snapshot Mobile Cinema is celebrating its 10th year with a sponsorship from the MTV Staying Alive Foundation based in London.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) will award an honorary doctorate to social activist Zackie Achmat for his contribution to social justice in South Africa.

Tax Season 2017 has officially opened and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has issued some helpful tips to assist taxpayers.

Everyone can quote examples of entering a retail store, other service provider, or office, looking for service - only to find an employee filing their nails, or talking on a private call on their the cell phone, or clearly on a social network. Now who is responsible for this behaviour?  Yes, the individual himself or herself, but the key question is where is management?  Why is this employee allowed to behave like this in company time? This week Ivan Israelstam approaches the issue of management responsibility.

What is deemed ethical to one person might not be considered ethical to another – but how does one decide who is right? As the modern business environment continues to be plagued by challenges such as corruption, the subject of ethics becomes ever more important.

This week Ivan Israelstam explains why it is important that an employee should be allowed to cross-examination witnesses giving evidence at a disciplinary hearing. Sometimes a chairperson will interrupt or limit the employee's questions.  What is the implication when this happens?

In 2017, The CEO SleepOut™, showcased by The Philanthropic Collection, is empowering an exciting Special Chapter; The SheEO SleepOut™. This year, we’re calling on female business leaders to Rise To The Challenge, and spend a night sleeping outdoors at The Union Buildings. T

What is a "transfer as a going concern" and what are the implications for employees who are part of the transfer? This week Ivan Israelstam explains how the courts have developed the answer to these very complex questions over a period of time. 

South Africa scores poorly when it comes to the number of women in senior management roles. New research shows that women hold 28% of senior management roles in businesses with only 3% having a female CEO. This is 5% lower than the global average of 8% with 31% of SA companies having no women in senior management positions.

Corporate reputation can’t be quantified at operational level. It doesn’t show up in quarterly revenue columns or profit lines.

What rights does an employer have to discipline an employee for misconduct outside the workplace? What will be taken into account when an employee commits an offence - or a related crime - outside the workplace? This week Ivan Israelstam explains what factors will be taken into account by the CCMA. 

This week Ivan Israelstam persuades employers to protect themselves by joining an employer organisation - so that they have protection at the CCMA. Ivan expresses the opinion that labour law provides very little protection for employers and that the protection of employees has been increasing over time. He provides examples from the cases.

 

This week Ivan Israelstam asks the question: why do employers continue to get it wrong?  The requirements are clearly laid out in plain English, but employers don't follow the procedural consultation requirements.  Even though there may be a valid operational requirement, it is still necessary to ensure that the procedures according to the Labour Relations Act are still followed - to ensure a procedurally fair retrenchment.  

Saving money is crucial in these unpredictable and financially demanding times. For many of us, choosing how to save your money can be difficult. With so many different savings accounts on offer, you might find it hard making up your mind about which one to choose.

The Gauteng Health Department has once more warned community members of bogus job adverts that uses the department’s name and fraudulently invite people to apply for vacancies at different health facilities.

Ivan Israelstam

Employers sometimes think that employing a person on a fixed-term contract will save the company any obligations in terms of labour law. Under employment equity legislation and codes, there are already implications for employing people on long term contracts in what are permanent positions. This week Ivan Israelstam explains the implications of a Labour Court decision, which finds the employer did not have a right to terminate a fixed-term contract before the end of the term.  

In the modern workplace, filled with distractions and illusions of grandeur, it can be an overwhelming task to maintain motivation, and drive a workforce to deliver productivity. To achieve this, 21st century managers should focus on two elements; getting people to work, and making work for people.

Ivan Israelstam

Many employers will be able to provide examples of how employees ignore or don't comply with requests or instructions. When does failure to comply with instructions constitute sufficient grounds for dismissal?  This week Ivan Israelstam quotes from actual CCMA cases, where employees have been re-instated. Ivan highlights the challenge employers face - achieving a fair dismissal acceptable to the CCMA.  

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