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Don’t get caught short when you’re calculating employees’ leave pay

In 2003, the Minister of Labour issued a schedule to clarify the requirements of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) for the correct calculation of leave pay, notice pay and severance pay. Some 13 years later, many employers have yet to catch up – with the result that they don’t make enough provision in their budgets for the cost of paying out an employee’s leave pay when he or she leaves the company or takes a long holiday.

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Disabled employees – a duty to act


As soon as an employer considers an employee to be disabled, the employer must take steps to accommodate that employee unless this results in an unjustifiable hardship. In Smith v Kit Kat Group (Pty) Ltd (JS787/14) [2016] ZALCJHB 362 (23 September 2016), the employee sustained injuries during a failed suicide attempt. After being termed “cosmetically unacceptable” by his employer, the employee was prohibited from returning to work.

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How to win the war for talent: Build a standout employer brand


Part one of our ‘win the war for talent’ series looks at how to build an employer brand that will catch, and hold, the attention of candidates

LinkedIn recently conducted a global survey that asked HR professionals to state their biggest recruitment challenge in 2016. The top result? The challenge of finding talented candidates in today’s competitive hiring market.

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What every employer needs to know about stress-related illness


It is essential that employers support employees in recognising if they are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and that they understand the difference between this level of stress-related illness and other forms of work-related stress or fatigue.

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HOW TO RETAIN STAFF IN TOUGH BUSINESS TIMES


As the country’s economy continues to look bleak, South African businesses are under extreme financial distress, with both employers and employees feeling the pinch.   

This is according to Kay Vittee, CEO of Quest Staffing Solutions, who indicates that with the largest volume of protests seen in the South African history, including university protests, food prices skyrocketing, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) succumbing to its lowest, the petrol price at peak and now Brexit, the South African economy is likely to drag in its lowest in a long time.

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