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Hating on Hate Speech

South Africans over the last few years have seen, heard and witnessed some pretty awful stuff. The hate-fueled vitriol spewing forth from some people has indeed been mind-boggling. Sadly, it has become evident that there remain an unfortunate number of racists in South Africa – across the colour spectrum. Not that any of this is…

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Evidencing the Dismissal

Why do your employees work for you? Be honest. Is it your boundless generosity? The awesome working environment? The character-building challenge of the projects? The invaluable experience? The office manager’s sparkling personality? Donuts on a Friday? The free coffee? All of the above? Let us not sugar-coat the truth. The real reason why employees work…

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Mental health clauses and the Employment Contract

With the amount of publicity around mental health recently, it was only a matter of time before an ill-advised employer decided to address the issue head-on. In their employment contract. The clause landed up in the Labour Court, where the judge lambasted it. And rightfully so. The facts, briefly, related to an employee who was…

Q: My employee can’t read or write. How do I get her to sign the employment contract?

A: When a person is illiterate, s/he can “mark” a document, eg with an “X” or a fingerprint, and South African law recognises this as being his/her signature. But make sure that the terms of the agreement are clearly explained before requiring him/her to mark the contract of employment. Section 29 (3) of the Basic Conditions of…

Crafting an Employment Contract: Best Practices and Legal Requirements

With April behind us the nation has officially, and perhaps begrudgingly, returned to work. Which is a good thing. Someone needs to pay for the extra security features required by the First Family. And thus it is that we find, oddly enough, a common ground shared by our government and business-owners alike: the desire for…