DECEMBER 2013: NEWSLETTER FOR THE CLIENTS OF ALTITUDE

This is just a short newsletter, firstly and primarily wishing everyone a healthy, safe and peaceful time over the festive period.  We wish everyone a fantastic New Year and great strength to their businesses during 2014. 2013 has been a volatile year with many strikes and knocks to the economy.  Many small businesses have suffered through 2013 and have just managed to survive.  The labour law environment has not treated business well and despite calls [...]

2014-11-27T11:08:03+00:00 December 14th, 2013|

OUTSTANDING LEAVE PAY

In an interesting and far reaching judgment in the Labour Court of South Africa, the Labour Court ruled if an employee has not taken his or her leave within six months after the completion of an annual leave cycle then that employee would forfeit his or her leave.  In the court case Jooste vs Kohler Packaging, the Judge said that an employer may not refuse an employee leave and that the act contemplates that  leave [...]

2014-11-26T09:37:24+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|

FORTHCOMING HOLIDAYS

As we get closer to the Christmas Season, I have noted many queries about taking leave over the Christian Religious holidays at the end of the year.  Now is the time for individuals who want to take leave over the religious holidays to apply for this leave.  We have just come out of Eid-ul-Adha on the 16th October 2013, some disputes have arisen as to whether individuals were entitled to take these days off or [...]

2017-03-09T08:19:19+00:00 November 1st, 2013|

LABOUR LAW IS ALL PERVASIVE

It is an interesting concept to know that in South Africa today we have numerous pieces of legislation governing the employment of staff within firms, companies and individual employment. Firstly it is important to bear in mind the two basic pieces of legislation that being the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. Thereafter there are no less than 11 pieces of legislation, which directly involve the employment of staff. It is [...]

2014-11-26T09:34:54+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|

LABOUR RELATIONS AMENDMENT BILL

As everyone is aware there are many “ irons in the fire “ with regard to our Labour Legislation.  It is important to understand where we are with the legislation and it is outlined as follows: 1.    Employment equity amendments are still before the National Assembly sub Committee.  We have no idea as to when that sub committee will meet to discuss the equity legislation.  They have taken submissions from the public and we believe [...]

2014-11-26T09:33:30+00:00 September 1st, 2013|

YOUTH WAGE SUBSIDY

Although this topic appears to be quite weather beaten it needs to be raised at every opportunity.  It’s interesting to see The Economist focused on this issue in Europe, even Angela Merkel declared youth unemployment to be Europe’s most pressing problem in that one risks a lost generation if left unattended. In essence the European governments are looking at all sorts of funding to try and ensure youth employment, already schemes such as apprenticeships are [...]

2014-11-26T09:32:19+00:00 August 1st, 2013|

STRIKE SEASON

As we are now in the midst of strike season 2013, we are probably going to see more and more violence and illegal strikes.  Over and above this Parliament seems hell bent on ensuring that Unions can go on strike without having to balance the membership. It is interesting to see that our constitution does provide for the right to strike but this obviously is subject to a peaceful strike. Our Labour Court has had [...]

2014-11-26T09:31:01+00:00 July 1st, 2013|

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY NEW MINIMUM WAGES AS FROM THE 01ST JULY 2013

The Department of Labour has implemented the minimum wage schedule which is applicable as from the 01st July 2013. This is applicable for all industries in the Hospitality Sector and has been gazetted as from the 01st July 2013 for the entire Hospitality Sector. The sector is divided into minimum wages for employers with (ten) 10 or less employees and for employers with more than ten (10) employees. For less than ten (10) employees the [...]

2014-11-26T09:29:41+00:00 July 1st, 2013|

STRIKE SEASON 2013

Whilst I am sitting in my office contemplating the negativity of the annual strike season, I listen to the news of the administrative arm of the police force going on strike.  This is clearly setting the tone for the next few weeks.  Yesterday morning President Jacob Zuma once again called for faster economic growth and a stable mining sector.  He said that organised labour, business and government must help to stabilise the sector.  President Zuma [...]

2017-03-09T08:19:19+00:00 May 31st, 2013|

LICENSING OF BUSINESS BILL

We South Africans are very strange.  We are desperately trying to encourage people to open up new businesses and to employ people.  We all know that the only way in which we are going to create five million new jobs is to open up a million new small businesses.  We should be creating the environment to ensure that entrepreneurs are encouraged to go into business for their own account to invest their monies in these [...]

2014-11-26T09:26:25+00:00 May 1st, 2013|