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Employment law specialists must offer more proactive services
Employment law specialists must offer more proactive services

This year, South Africa had witnessed the longest industrial action within the mining sector. In addition, a raft of new employment laws were in the process of being enacted in South Africa.

22 Sep 2014 11:49

Astrapak reports loss of 33 cents a share
Astrapak reports loss of 33 cents a share

Plastic packaging group Astrapak expects to make a headline loss per share of at least 33c for the six months to August after a loss of 1.5c per share in the previous comparable period.

22 Sep 2014 10:39

LRA and transfer of employees in outsourcing arrangements
LRA and transfer of employees in outsourcing arrangements

To what extent, if any, can employees be transferred from one employer to another in circumstances where an outsourcing arrangement is terminated with one service provider and another outsourcing arrangement for the provision of the same services is entered into with a new service provider?

By Jacques van Wyk and Andre van Heerden 19 Sep 2014 06:38

The new BBBEE codes can be positive
The new BBBEE codes can be positive

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) has had a somewhat chequered history. Few would argue that after 300 years of colonial rule, and 40 years of apartheid, South Africa had a racially skewed economic landscape that needed urgent reform. And having education and health inequality of the highest order exacerbated the economic inequality.

17 Sep 2014 08:19

Tips for SMEs to keep on the right side of the law
Tips for SMEs to keep on the right side of the law

If you're running a small business, you might feel overwhelmed by the many regulatory bodies and requirements in South Africa. From labour laws and tax regulations to municipal bylaws, health and safety regulations and consumer protection laws, you'll be spending a great deal of your time simply trying to comply with a range of legislative and regulatory demands.

11 Sep 2014 11:11

SA lags on paternity leave
SA lags on paternity leave

A petition by a Capetonian father might help SA to catch up with paternity leave norms elsewhere in the world. While families are increasingly progressive and gender neutral, SA law has not yet caught up by allowing fathers to take paternity leave or by considering the needs of adoptive and foster parents.

By Fadia Arnold 10 Sep 2014 12:03

African countries are tightening up tax policies
African countries are tightening up tax policies

With many African governments tightening up on their labour, tax and immigration policies, companies employing expatriates increasingly need to up their game.

By Jeff Blackbeard and David White 10 Sep 2014 10:32

Screws tighten on taxing expats in foreign countries
Screws tighten on taxing expats in foreign countries

With many African governments tightening up on their labour, tax and immigration policies, companies employing expatriates increasingly need to up their game.

By Jeff Blackbeard 9 Sep 2014 09:55

SAP's refusal to promote Barnard was not unlawful
SAP's refusal to promote Barnard was not unlawful

On 2 September 2014, the Constitutional Court (CC) handed down judgment in an application for leave to appeal against a judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in the South African Police Service v Solidarity obo Barnard CCT 01/14 case.

8 Sep 2014 13:39

State blamed for slow beneficiation of minerals
State blamed for slow beneficiation of minerals

Business lays the blame for a lack of industrialisation squarely on government, saying SA's manufacturing is at a tipping point because of government's inability to reduce input costs and its reluctance to stand up to trade unions.

8 Sep 2014 10:57

Minimum wage has serious implications for business
Minimum wage has serious implications for business

Business organisations urged caution about the implementation of a national minimum wage, which they warned could result in widespread job losses as employers try to cut operational costs.

5 Sep 2014 10:32

BCEAA introduces important changes to Employment Act
BCEAA introduces important changes to Employment Act

The Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act (BCEAA) came into effect on 1 September 2014.

5 Sep 2014 10:23

The value of gender parity in technology
The value of gender parity in technology

Following the well-publicised case of a female Silicon Valley entrepreneur allegedly being stripped of her co-founder title as it was deemed to devalue the company; it offers a perfect example of women's place and perception in the technology and communications industry.

By Louise O'Sullivan 3 Sep 2014 11:43

Exports of vehicles increase in August
Exports of vehicles increase in August

Vehicle exports bounced back last month as Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) finally got into the production swing with its new C-Class sedan.

3 Sep 2014 11:29

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