Human Resource

Two disciplinary hearings and both substantively unfair - writing a book about a court case involving your employer may constitute freedom of speech but clearly didn't constitute a career enhancement move in this case.

A shop steward who claims that their dismissal is for reasons related to their union activities - that is an automatically unfair dismissal - must refer the matter to the Labour Court - not to their bargaining council or CCMA.

Refusal by an employer to accept a withdrawal of resignation does not fall within the definition of an "unfair labour practice"; and in this case even requesting the employer to do so, disproves the alternative claim of Constructive Dismissal, which to be proved would mean that the employer had made continued employment intolerable.

Pieter Lerm of Employment Equity Implementation Solutions providers EDGE Media looks to debunk myths surrounding the common views of Employment Equity, and looks to explain how the Act should be implemented and what your responsibilities are.

The ASHA Pre-school Association, a community welfare organization servicing the Soweto region, has boosted its payroll efficiency with an investment in the Accsys Peoplepay payroll solution.

When should employees be subject to disciplinary action, and when should counselling be used in its place? Des Squire argues that the term 'discipline' is not appropriate as it denotes a very negative situation. He explains the ins and outs of disciplinary codes and procedures.

The practice of suspending an employee's employment is once again in the public arena following the suspension of radio presenter Gareth Cliff. Mr Cliff was suspended from broadcasting for two days after a complaint that he had insensitively re-broadcast a newsclip about the looting of a Bangladeshi's watermelon shop in the Free State. Media reports are that Mr Cliff is seeking legal advice. Despite the absence of any instructions, here's our brief advice to Gareth Cliff.

"It is difficult to publicly admit," says Services Seta CEO Ivor Blumenthal, "but we are nevertheless failing people with disabilities terribly". "Yes we meet our targets annually but the question remains whether we have generally improved the plight of the disabled to find meaningful, productive gainful employment," asks Blumenthal.

Twenty-four teachers educating deaf learners have embarked on a five-day training course to support the development of inclusive education in South Africa.
The training workshop is an agreement between the Swedish and South African governments to support the Programme of Development of Inclusive Education in the country.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has raised concerns about the rampant rate of discrimination in the workplace. "Although progress had been made at combating discrimination in the workplace, rising gender disparities in income and other forms of discrimination including age, sexual orientation and HIV and AIDS status were a cause for growing concern,' said ILO in a new report.

The way we think on a daily basis ultimately determines personal success or failure, says Des Squire. In this article he encourages us to cultivate positive thoughts which will help us deal with our problems in a positive manner. With the challenges we all face at work it is important advice.

Chairperson of the Commission for Employment Equity, Jimmy Manyi, believes that there is, "still a serious amount of racism in the workplace' with white people often unable to recognise the ability of black people. Manyi was speaking at the presentation of the 7th annual report of the commission to the Labour Minister.

Feltex Automotive has streamlined the management of its payroll and HR processes with the help of a human resource software solution from Accsys, a national provider of employee management solutions.

The United Nations? General Assembly President says governments worldwide can assist female entrepreneurs by introducing more gender-sensitive policies, offering greater employment, taxation and investment opportunities for women.

In what will be good news for long-suffering waiters and other workers in South Africa's hospitality sector, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has announced a minimum wage that would apply across the industry. The sector - which includes tourism - is said to be the fourth-largest generator of the country's gross domestic product but has little union membership.

The Commission for Employment Equity has cancelled this year?s employment equity awards as the overall performance against equity targets was so poor. The increased level of enforcement of the Employment Equity Act will continue, with more prosections in the Labour Court on the cards.

Botswana Postal Services (BotswanaPost) has enhanced its payroll management software with an upgrade from the Accsys Dos system, Nugen, to the windows software system, Accsys Peopleware. This has resulted in improvements across operations at the postal network service.

Employers that make loans to employees will need to register as credit providers to satisfy the criteria of the National Credit Act - or face penalties. According to Helyn Patten from Webber Wentzel Bowens, employee loans will be classified as credit agreements under the National Credit Act if there is a deferral of payment and a fee, charge or interest is levied on the deferred amount.

White, male journalists are paid more and hold more top positions in South Africa?s newsrooms, while black women are the furthest down the ladder, a new study has found. This is according to the findings of a gender audit by the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) and Gender Links.

We also work with Norwegian students and some of them love it here and want to work here. They are well educated and could really add value to our economy. However, the process of applying for work permits and for bank accounts, etc, is so bureaucratic!

The Durban Labour Court has fined a KwaZulu-Natal employer for contravening sections of the Employment Equity Act. KwaZulu-Natal textile company Win-Cool Industrial Enterprise was fined R300 000 by the Durban Labour Court for contravening Sections 16, 19, 20 and 21 of the Employment Equity Act.

The growing popularity of Corporate Wellness Programmes in South Africa is set to dramatically cut the country?s annual R12bn absenteeism bill - and improve productivity in the process, says Dr Craig Nossel, Deputy General Manager of Discovery Vitality.

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