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“Use your annual leave or lose it”

Are employers really allowed to say this?

Recently, the question was asked if an employee has accumulated an excessive amount of annual leave, could the employer force its employees to forfeit the surplus annual leave that wasn't taken? Unfortunately, the answer is not as cut and dried as the question is.


How to show compliance with maternity leave regulations

Maternity leave

Section 25 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) contains the rights of all pregnant and nursing employees that you, as an employer, have to comply with. Collective and individual agreements may expand on pregnant employees' rights and can, in some instances, be more generous. However, these agreements can't detract from any core right granted by the BCEA. What are female employees' rights in terms of maternity leave?


How to deal with fraudulent medical certificates

Now that you’ve read Jan Kemp Nel’s article about what information needs to be in a valid medical certificate, and you suspect one of your employees of having turned in a fraudulent sick note or, worse, a series of fraudulent sick notes, you need to know how to deal with this situation. Recently, I went to a seminar run by Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) where speakers Mohsina Chenia and Michael Yeates from CDH told us what to do if we ever found ourselves in one of these situations.


What does the law say about traditional healers?

For many years, traditional healers have been looked at very sceptically by many of those who do not visit these practitioners for health-related ailments. However, recent cases which have passed through our courts have left many employers wondering if they now need to accept sick notes from traditional healers. A couple of weeks ago, I went to a seminar run by Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) where Mohsina Chenia from CDH told us where the law currently stands with regard to traditional healers.


How to tell when your employees are faking being sick


Much has been said about the impact of sick leave, the cost of this leave and how frequently it’s abused. However, far too much of the conversation revolves around anecdotal evidence, suspicion and sentiment.