Compliance & Policies

Sample compliance policies and recommendations for managing employees’ behavior at work, including smoking, telecommuting and occupational safety.

A guide to the Compensation Fund

When you have people working for you, it's not only important to ensure their safety at work, but also to make provisions should an accident or injury occur during the course of their duties. Registering with the Compensation Fund will protect you and your employees in this regard. Besides your legal obligation, a worker injured or disabled at work can be a major (and often unforeseen) expense, but if you belong to the Fund, it will provide the cover and avoid and potential legal action taken against you.

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A guide to the Unemployment Insurance Fund

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) acts as a temporary safety net for employees who are retrenched or unable to work due to illness or maternity leave. You have a moral and legal obligation to register with this fund and contribute on behalf of your employees. It's not as complicated or costly as you might think. The attached guide will help you navigate the steps you need to follow in order to register and pay the UIF.

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Amendments to the Employment Equity Act 2012

The Employment Equity Amendments Bill published on 19 October 2012 (‘the Bill’) signifies the first amendments to the Employment Equity Act (‘the EEA’) since it
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Department of Labour

Govt department dealing with labour/employment issues
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Fair and unfair dismissal

If you have the unpleasant task of firing an employee, you need to know what is considered fair and unfair according to Labour Law.
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First Aid at work

This article sets out the procedures and legal obligations for an employer to insitute a workplace First Aid policy.

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Fixed Term Contracts – an update

One of the most important changes to the Labour Relations Act is the added protection afforded to employees on fixed term contracts.
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Labour.co.za

Labour.co.za is a partnership of independent, highly qualified and experienced South African Labour professionals offering South African solutions to the South African Private and Public Sectors. In particular, Labour.co.za provides solutions in the following areas: labour law support and advice, human resource management, training and seminars on labour relations, employment contracts, retrenchments, Department of Labour issues, and trade unions negotiations.

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Leave accrual – first four months

Is an employee who leaves employment within the first four months entitled to be paid for annual leave accrued during that period?
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Letter of warning

This document can be used as a formal letter of warning or final warning for an employee who is not performing or is guilty of misconduct.

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Minimum wages

Minimum wages are set as part of the overall conditions of service in the identified sectors or areas.
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Recovering debt from an employee

Sometimes people resign from a business and due to a number of different circumstances, they still owe money to their previous employer. It would be ideal to make a clean break with departing employees. Alas, it is not always so, especially when the trust relationship has been completely destroyed. Here are a few guidelines to help you with the recovery of employee debt.

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Sample Emergency Instructions

As a manager, are you prepared to deal with an emergency situation at the workplace? Do you have an emergency plan? Get help with emergency procedures here.
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Sample Health and Safety Policy

Having written safety standards for employees ensures workplace safety. Create a formal safety policy for your company using the sample attached.
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Sample Work Rules

To create a good work atmosphere, a business owner must have well-defined rules of conduct for employees. Use these sample work rules for your company’s needs.
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Services Sector Education and Training Authority - Services SETA

Services Sector Education and Training Authorities have been established to ensure that the skill needs for every sector of the South African economy are identified and that training is available to provide for these skill needs.
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The employment contract

Anyone who works for you must receive a document containing certain information regarding the conditions of their employment.
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The law protects pregnant employees

If you have an employee who is pregnant or breastfeeding, it's important to be clear on what your and your employee's rights are regarding her pregnancy.
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Unlocking the legal issues related to your business

Contracts, tax legislation and other Acts relating to your business can be complicated and getting an attorney to help may be very costly. Of course, there is also the question of whether you even know what your legal obligations are. LawUnlocked provides an online tool that may be able to help you assess what your legal obligations are with regards to various aspects of running your business.

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Workplace HIV/AIDS policy statement sample

With the potential effect the mismanagement of HIV/AIDS can have on businesses both big and small, it's important that you have the correct policies in place on how you will deal with HIV/AIDS in your company. This is not only a moral issue, but Labour Law legislates that all companies have a working HIV/AIDS policy. So where do you begin? Statistics show that SMEs are the hardest hit by HIV, with 10-40% of employees being HIV-positive. With that in mind, if you do not have an HIV/AIDS policy, it's time that you face the reality of the situation and find proactive ways of dealing with it, for your employees' sake and to protect the livelihood of your business.

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