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When can a trade union be held in contempt of court?

In a judgment handed down by the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) on 12 June 2014 (Food and Allied Workers Union v In2food (Pty) Ltd, case number J861/2013), the LAC had occasion to consider the circumstances under which a trade union can be held in contempt of a court order prohibiting an unprotected strike.

By Kirsten Caddy 24 Jul 2014 06:47

The only way is up...or is it?

Most people who work for a boss dream of one day being the boss. Or at least, being a boss, managing a team of people. The idea of climbing the corporate ladder to achieve this goal is one so many employees aspire to. But unfortunately...

By Niteske Marshall 23 Jul 2014 09:29

Dealing with absenteeism

With flu season in full swing, we are seeing renewed focus on absenteeism as businesses face the impact of reduced staff availability on their business.

By Su-Mari Du Bruyn 21 Jul 2014 08:55

The dire state of SA's born frees

The recent stats on youth unemployment in South Africa: 36.1% (an increase of 4% between 2008 and 2014), suggest a daunting reality - our born frees face a bleak future.

By Abram Molelemane 17 Jul 2014 09:30

Lessons from the NPA: When the past comes back to haunt you

More skeletons have fallen out of the National Prosecuting Authority's closet, throwing security flaws within government into the spotlight once again. Could this happen within your organisation?

By Jenny Reid 15 Jul 2014 07:43

Employers do not enjoy special protection against claims of defamation

Can an employer be held liable for defamatory statements made about an employee? The High Court recently confirmed that it can but that an employer may rely on the standard defences to such a claim to escape liability.

By Johan Botes 8 Jul 2014 07:23

Strike law flawed with lack of statutory mechanisms

The constitution entrenches the right to strike and the Labour Relations Act of 1995 (LRA) provides that workers may strike subject to the compliance with certain procedures which involve a compulsory mediation to be completed within 30 days of referral of the dispute. Failing settlement the strike can commence on the giving of 48 hours written notice.

By Richard Pemberton 4 Jul 2014 10:39

Making sure that your business is worth staying for

The truth about running any business is that, whether you like it or not, you're under pressure to keep your people.

By Rowan Belchers 4 Jul 2014 10:32

B-BBEE has become a complex set of rules and calculations

On 1 July 2014, Sandile Zungu, member of the Presidential Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Council, launched a new book that aims to be a strategic tool to assist companies to meet the new challenges of transformation.

By Brigitte Brun 2 Jul 2014 08:48

What makes a leader great... great communication

To become a great leader, you must become a great communicator. You cannot become a great leader, if you cannot speak well.

By James Hurford 24 Jun 2014 15:40

Medical aid and freedom of choice

The recent threat by Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters to withdraw from Parliament's medical aid scheme has placed the spotlight firmly on companies insisting that employees make use their preferred service provider(s).

By John Harvey 24 Jun 2014 08:05

Dealing with staff grievances

How you deal with a grievance determines whether it will work to your team's advantage or whether it will contribute to its demise. A grievance has to be dealt with constructively and with a plan, otherwise it is too easy to get pulled into the issue and create an even bigger mess.

By Su-Mari Du Bruyn 20 Jun 2014 11:56

What to consider when you relocate for a new job

As someone who moved from a small up-country town to Cape Town to take up an internship with no guarantee of permanent employment, I went through all the doubts and emotions that accompany such a life-changing move.

By Abram Molelemane 19 Jun 2014 09:54

Difference between misconduct and poor performance

Very often there is a thin line dividing misconduct from poor performance. It is a distinction many employers fail to identify when disciplining their employees. They are not alone.

By Richard Pemberton 12 Jun 2014 09:22

Unique leaders are born, exceptional leaders are made

One of the greatest areas of dispute in the study of human behaviour is the nature versus nurture debate. The nature argument is that behaviour will be determined by an inherited, genetic structure.

By Mark Orpen 12 Jun 2014 09:13

SA Tourism case gives clarity on territorial application of LRA

The Labour Court recently determined a review application, not on the grounds of review pleaded, but on the issue of territorial application of the Labour Relations Act, No. 66 of 1996 (LRA). The judge stated that this was permissible even though such aspect was never raised prior to the review application on the basis that the issue of jurisdiction can be raised at any time.

By Andrea Taylor 11 Jun 2014 07:00

President assents Employment Services Act

The Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2004, was assented to by the President on 3 April 2014. The Act repeals the Employment Services Provisions contained in the Skills Development Act, No. 97 of 1998.

By Inez Moosa 11 Jun 2014 06:50

Background check can mitigate a plethora of risk

According to the US Department of Commerce, poor hiring practices are responsible for 30% of all business failures in the US. Locally, in 2013, Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE) carried out a survey that showed nearly 20% of all job seekers in South Africa represented some degree of risk.

By Ina van der Merwe 6 Jun 2014 06:45

Effect of labour strike on national economy

The global mining industry, with its role in the resources supply chain, acts as a core force influencing the health of the 'global economy'. Numerous industries across the globe depend on the supply of commodities.

By Chandrakumar BJG 5 Jun 2014 11:51

Tell the new Minister of Small Business Development what small business needs

The creation of a Small Business Development Ministry under Lindiwe Zulu has received a positive response.

By Brett Bowes 5 Jun 2014 11:50

Background checks imperative when vetting candidates

With legislation and regulation increasing hiring criteria, the list of background checks is getting longer and it is becoming harder to understand what checks need to be conducted in your business to ensure you are protecting yourself and your company against reputational and financial risk.

By Greg Brown 5 Jun 2014 11:45

Elevate your thinking, elevate your life

The aspect of creating and indeed starting a new business venture or dream can be a daunting task...

By Candace McDonald 5 Jun 2014 09:24

[Net Prophet] Lessons from entrepreneurs

Apart from Net Prophet 2014 being a huge success; it was probably my most inspiring day this year so far. Top lessons I took home were from Quirk's Rob Stokes and Over's Aaron Marshall.

By Ilse van den Berg 22 May 2014 15:19

Government and private sector after 20 years of democracy

We are enjoying 20 years of democracy so it is a good time to take an objective look at transformation as a partnership between government and the private sector.

By Brett Bowes 22 May 2014 13:21

Businesses must develop a culture of profit-making

Many businesses, especially start-ups or relatively young businesses, make the mistake of not developing a culture of profit-making from day one.

By Greig Sinclair 22 May 2014 11:57

Do your employees understand professional social media?

Social media is a bit like a naïve teen's house party. Think of it as an endless online party where everyone is invited, everyone can listen or join in, or watch, at any time.

By Jenny Reid 14 May 2014 07:44

SA graduates have unrealistic salary expectations

It seems for one reason or another that many South African graduates have unrealistic expectations of their first jobs.

By Abram Molelemane and Anton Ressel 2 May 2014 06:15

Entrepreneurs underestimate the value of PR

According to the Global Entrepreneurship Report, South Africa is improving - but still below average - in terms of producing entrepreneurs. Only 7.3% of South Africans were involved in business younger than three and a half years in 2013.

By Sonwabise Sebata 30 Apr 2014 06:47

Labour Court clarifies issue of annual leave

The question recently arose where employees had accumulated excessive annual leave, whether the employer could force its employees to forfeit the excessive leave not taken.

By Nicholas Preston 17 Apr 2014 07:16

What does a good boss look like?

We speak about good bosses and bad bosses all the time... okay, no wait, we actually only speak about bad bosses all the time.

By Chemory Gunko 11 Apr 2014 05:20

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