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THE COMING OF AGE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS ACT

In December 2017 we celebrate the coming of age of the Labour Relations Act. The Labour Relations Act turns twenty one this year and was supposed to be given the key to job creation as we enter into the next phase of our economic development. Sadly, this has not come to pass. Very tragically we already have 9.8 million people unemployed and this is destined to grow to over ten million with the advent of [...]

2018-03-06T14:10:08+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

IT DOES APPEAR THERE IS SOME MOVEMENT WITH VARIOUS BILLS IN PARLIAMENT

Firstly the National Minimum Wage which makes provision for the introduction of the minimum wage of twenty rand per hour which the Cabinet still believes is due to come into effect on the 1st May 2018.  Obviously the exception will be for farm workers and domestic workers.  This Bill still has to in fact go to Parliament and has to be debated and enter into a rather lengthy process.  It is still our guess that [...]

2018-03-06T14:10:03+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

HERE WE GO AGAIN

Every year at the end of September the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on labour prepares it budgetary review and commentary. Every year, the Auditor General of South Africa assesses the various departments, and in particular the Department of Labour, in order to see that proper accounting standards have been adhered to, and that proper financial control is brought into being. Our beloved Department of Labour has failed over the last 4 years. There has probably been [...]

2018-03-06T14:09:56+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY NEW MINIMUM WAGES AS FROM THE 01ST JULY 2017

The Department of Labour has implemented the minimum wage schedule, which is applicable as from the 01st July 2017. This is applicable for all industries in the Hospitality Sector and has been gazetted as from the 01st July 2017 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 [...]

2018-03-06T14:09:50+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

EMPLOYEES DEPARTURE

As of late, Eskom has managed to focus every employers mind on how and why an employee leaves their employ.  The troubles emanating from Eskom have shown all of us that one needs to be absolutely positive as to why the employee is leaving and how the employee is leaving.  Our employment laws are clear as follows: Should an employee resign he or she must put this in writing; If the employee is retrenched this [...]

2018-03-06T14:09:45+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Graduation: Altitude Learners Take the Next Step

When a new year starts, it marks not only the start of a new year but it also symbolises the end of yet another era. For this particular group of Altitude learners, 2017 marks the start of a whole new important chapter in their lives. For the 2015/2016 class of Business Administration Services NQF 4 learners, the start of 2017 marks their graduation and certification as qualified Business Administrators. After completing the 12-month course with [...]

2018-03-06T14:09:38+00:00 March 31st, 2017|

LABOUR LAW UPDATE: MARCH 2017

The Department of Labour which is supposed to play a significant role in reducing unemployment, poverty and inequality through pursuing the objectives of full and productive employment and decent work for all seems to be failing. The UIF has indeed increased some of its pay-outs but it appears that there is still an enormous backlog for people to get their payments. We often hear of enormous queues, lengthy waiting time and lost papers. On the [...]

2017-03-09T08:19:13+00:00 March 1st, 2017|

FEBRUARY 2017: BAGRAIMS NEWSFLASH – NEDLAC PARTIES AGREE ON HOURLY MINIMUM WAGE

It must be borne in mind that Nedlac itself has no legislative powers. This minimum wage of twenty rand per hour is a recommendation from the social partner’s i.e. big business, big labour and government. This recommendation still has a long path to travel. The recommendation will be sent through to Parliament who will request the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Labour to debate the issue and to make recommendations to Parliament. The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee [...]

2017-03-09T07:46:43+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|

LABOUR UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2017

It has been a slow start to 2017 in the industrial relations sense. Thankfully, this has meant that we have had few strikes and no major retrenchments. On the legislative side, there is pending legislation with changes to the UIF, maternity leave and possible strike action. We will keep our clients abreast of all these changes when they become imminent. Nedlac is meeting on a regular basis discussing the minimum wage. We do not see [...]

2017-03-09T08:19:14+00:00 February 1st, 2017|

Walking on Waves: Freedom Through Unity & a Surfboard

As a person in a wheelchair, I find that ongoing therapies can be extremely emotionally taxing, among other things – something I think all of us, regardless of our ability, can agree on. When an organisation strives to find ways to improve the quality of lives of persons with disabilities, both physically and emotionally, it can be an amazing thing to be a part of. The Walking on Waves initiative endeavours to find ways to bring surfing – [...]

2017-12-19T09:13:21+00:00 December 12th, 2016|