Human Resource

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Find everything related to Human Resource right here on the Skills Portal. Human Resource (HR) can be defined as "the personnel of a business or organization, regarded as a significant asset in terms of skills and abilities." We've also got the latest on Human Resource Management and ways to simply HR.


The word retrenchment is filled with uncertainty and can be extremely grim news for workers. Here's the forms you need should you become entrenched.


The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides workers for temporary financial relief should they find themselves in a position where they are unable to work.


Every month, people working for more than 24 hours per month in South Africa are required by law to make contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).


Why is Human Resources (HR) so important in the workplace? HR helps to shape organisational culture by developing policies and practices, dealing with personnel management, supporting organisations in the recruitment process and providing training and development. HR is responsible for the policy of “performance” management. It monitors, evaluates and supports an organisation's workforce.


A diverse group of people mixed within the workplace is bound to stir up some interesting issues. Creating a workplace where there is a positive culture of tolerance is the key to harnessing the competitive edge a diverse workforce gives the business.


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.


Even though the concept of compulsory vaccinations is not new, the debate has been given a new focus following many local companies considering implementing vaccine mandates for employees from the new year. Ian McAlister, General Manager at CRS Technologies, examines the human rights aspect surrounding this.


There are four key HR functions that are necessary for your company to be successful. They are: Recruitment, Employee Development, Occupational Health and Safety, and Employee Management. Every one of these functions is crucial to the success of your business.


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. 


South Africa’s progressive employment equity legislation has not gone far enough to enable people with disabilities to fully integrate into workplaces and perform their jobs optimally.


In addition to Corona other illnesses result in work falling behind just when businesses are trying to recover from the lockdown. The challenge for employers is to distinguish the genuine cases of illness from those where employees are just sick of working.


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. 


Government is working hard to reach its target of vaccinating 67% of the country’s population by the end of this year. Many local companies have also instituted vaccine mandates for employees who want to return to the office. Ian McAlister, General Manager at CRS Technologies, discusses some of the legal issues surrounding this.


Covid has very severely weakened business, eroded job security and spurred unemployment. While strikes have been fewer and shorter during Covid, their effect is greater because of the very weak financial circumstances of businesses and workers resulting from the pandemic.


Payroll, for many people, remains a mystery. The processes and calculations that sit behind the monthly amount that lands in the bank account are vague and complicated.


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:


We too often hear the shout from business owners and managers: “Get rid of him now; we’ll worry about the legal costs later!” Little do they realise that ‘the costs’ they are shouting about could be immense.


Studies have shown that empathy has far-reaching effects in the workplace. It is therefore increasingly recognised as a crucial leadership quality in the current global market. This is pivotal as it builds a community of trust within a company’s team and has a knock-on effect on its stakeholders and customers, contributing to the longevity and sustainability of a business.


Earlier this year I wrote an article warning of the dangers of enforcing compulsory Covid vaccinations at the workplace. Despite this, a trend towards compulsory vaccination has begun.

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