There are six pieces of legislation that work together to protect the employee and her child from the day the employee falls pregnant until well after the birth of the child. Ivan Israelstam explains what the law expaects employers to do to look after their pregnant employees.

One of the big problems facing managers and employees is the impact of the generation gap and the inability of individuals - managers and/or subordinates - to communicate and relate as a result of this gap. Des Squire has some guidelines for managers and supervisors.

We have represented countless employers taken to court because a manager mishandled a shop floor grievance or disciplinary matter and the employee was unfairly dismissed. ln some cases, because the line manager mishandled the matter, the line manager gets fired for incurring unnecessary legal costs!

While acting as a CCMA arbitrator and as the chairperson of disciplinary hearings over the past years I have noted numerous reasons why employers lose dismissal cases at the CCMA, writes Ivan Israelstam. In many cases the charges should never have been brought in the first place.

We live in a "low trust society'. To implement a code of ethics and ensure good corporate governance, you must first address the issues around trust and honesty, writes Des Squire. Management from the top down must be seen to be trustworthy, honest and ethical.

Thousands of employers every year land up getting the short end of the stick at the CCMA, bargaining councils and Labour Court, writes Ivan Israelsam. Primarily the reason is unprofessional management of employees at the workplace.

With the onset of the QCTO and the use of the OFO (Organising Framework for Occupations) it stands to reason that HR departments will need to align or re-design profiles for all positions or occupations in a company as closely as possible to the description given in the OFO.

Although Minister Mdladlana is keen to do away with labour broking, employers defer, as "it is one of the last vestiges of flexibility in our labour economy. That is, employers are able to relieve themselves of some of the constraints of labour law by hiring workers through employment agencies and labour brokers," writes Ivan Israelstam.

Even those employers that have religiously and expertly carried out thorough employee reference checks are saddled with three problems, namely South Africa?s Constitution, the International Labour Organisation?s (ILO) Code of Practice and the Employment Equity Act (EEA).

Most organisations have some kind of policy or code of conduct that defines behaviours that are acceptable and unacceptable. Honest behaviour in the workplace means the extent to which individuals and groups abide by consistent and rational ethical standards, writes Des Squire.



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