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To be or not to be: In writing
To be or not to be: In writing

In the recent case of Numsa obo Nomanyane and another v Grupo Antolin (Pty) Ltd, heard before the Metal Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC), the Commissioner was tasked with determining whether a fixed-term contract of employment must be in writing or not.

By Aadil Patel 7 May 2019

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Elections will come and go, but challenges in land reform will not

While land reform features prominently in manifestos of several political parties, not much detail is being provided on how individual parties plan to improve land reform and deal with the current challenges...

By Peter Setou 7 May 2019

Harvesting attention capital and reducing the risks of the frictionless workplace
Harvesting attention capital and reducing the risks of the frictionless workplace

The evolution of the flexible age means that the business world is desperate to eliminate friction, seeking to remove any obstacles that stand in the way of maximising customer satisfaction, attracting the best talent and improving operational efficiency. This desire for a frictionless environment, however, has given rise to new challenges...

By Johan Botes 30 Apr 2019

Residential estate income: What's tax exempt and what isn't?
Residential estate income: What's tax exempt and what isn't?

The levy income of a body corporate, share block or an association of persons, such as a home owners association (residential estate), is exempt from income tax. However, not all income received by a residential estate is exempt from tax, only levy income...

By Graeme Palmer 23 Apr 2019

The cost of failing to notify authorities of mergers
The cost of failing to notify authorities of mergers

The Competition Commission has sought to provide some guidance regarding the notification and implementation of mergers by publishing Guidelines for the determination of administrative penalties for failure to notify mergers and implementation of mergers contrary to the Competition Act...

By Burton Phillips 11 Apr 2019

Impimpi Alive - whistleblowing system for minimum wage defaulters
Impimpi Alive - whistleblowing system for minimum wage defaulters

The DOL has developed a new system that will allow employees to report companies that fail to comply with the National Minimum Wage Act...

By Jacques van Wyk 10 Apr 2019

How to make the digital world work for your business
How to make the digital world work for your business

We frequently hear terms such as the 'digital workplace', the 'internet of things', 'automation in the workplace' and the 'future world of work' bandied about. But what does all of this mean for your business...?

By Rosalind Davey 4 Apr 2019

PoPI, social media and influencers
PoPI, social media and influencers

What we all should know and how to make your business compliant...

By Johanna McDowell 1 Apr 2019

Risks of the virtual workplace and how to minimise them
Risks of the virtual workplace and how to minimise them

More and more businesses are expanding into a virtual world, which has advantages for employers and employees alike, but challenges and risks too...

By Rosalind Davey 7 Mar 2019

Deemed receipt of income for property developers
Deemed receipt of income for property developers

In the recent case of Milnerton Estates Limited v CSARS, the Supreme Court of Appeal had to decide whether to include the purchase price in a property developer's 2013 year of assessment...

By Graeme Palmer 25 Feb 2019

PoPI and social media
PoPI and social media

How times have changed. Social media marketing has evolved from being a bit of fun on the side to an absolute must-have for all businesses that want to remain relevant. Social media isn't just fun and games, though: it gives you access to personal information like never before. The big question is how the rules of PoPI apply when using social media for marketing and client service platforms...

By linda graham 11 Feb 2019

Gideon Gerber
Amendments to labour relations legislation - National minimum wage, parental and adoption leave

As you may have noted in recent media reports, the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, signed the new national minimum wage statute into law effective from 1 January 2019...

By Gideon Gerber, Issued by SERR Synergy 22 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Digital, data-driven biometrics
#BizTrends2019: Digital, data-driven biometrics

The global biometrics market is growing rapidly. In fact, research indicates that the global market is growing a compounded growth rate of 22.9%...

By Pine Pienaar 15 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Unsettling times ahead for employee tax and take-home pay
#BizTrends2019: Unsettling times ahead for employee tax and take-home pay

The 2019 election year brings the normal risk of some tax populist decisions, including much higher social grants. This will add to the fiscus' pressure, desperate for additional tax revenues...

By Jerry Botha 10 Jan 2019

#RecruitmentFocus: What you need to know about the new National Minimum Wage Act
#RecruitmentFocus: What you need to know about the new National Minimum Wage Act

The National Minimum Wage Act came into effect on 1 January 2019, and provides for, amongst others, a national minimum wage; the establishment of a National Minimum Wage Commission...

By Jacques van Wyk 9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: 6 trends in fintech and its regulation
#BizTrends2019: 6 trends in fintech and its regulation

The South African financial sector has been waiting with bated breath for South Africa's financial regulators to map the way forward and we expect this guidance to be forthcoming early in 2019...

By David Geral 9 Jan 2019

Disagreeing to agree: Does non-compliance constitute contempt of court?
Disagreeing to agree: Does non-compliance constitute contempt of court?

Where an employer or employee fails to comply with a court order, does such failure constitute contempt of court...?

By Jacques van Wyk 8 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Out with the old, in with the new!
#BizTrends2019: Out with the old, in with the new!

Large corporates and multinationals are keeping a close eye on developments from the Department of Home Affairs. 2019 promises a number of changes in the Immigration Act which will impact the way business can attract and retain expat resources...

By Marisa Jacobs 8 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: When it comes to gazing, crystal ball beats navel in 2019
#BizTrends2019: When it comes to gazing, crystal ball beats navel in 2019

In this age of overflowing inboxes, diaries filled with meetings sandwiched between conference calls and yet another round of performance assessments, managing time and focus requires Herculean effort...

By Johan Botes 7 Jan 2019

#RecruitmentFocus: What do we need to know about the legalities of overtime and after-hours work?
#RecruitmentFocus: What do we need to know about the legalities of overtime and after-hours work?

As we head into the holiday season, any number of retail and hospitality employees will be expected to work overtime during this period. So what should they, as well as HR, know about their legal rights in this regard...?

By Shan Radcliffe 23 Nov 2018

Collective bargaining agreements are valid - whether or not all employees agree
Collective bargaining agreements are valid - whether or not all employees agree

Protection of employment during business transfers is an integral piece in the employment law legal puzzle in many jurisdictions around the world...

By Johan Botes 21 Nov 2018

#EntrepreneurMonth: Easy access to criminal records, identity verifications
#EntrepreneurMonth: Easy access to criminal records, identity verifications

MyImprint, a tech startup that provides easy access to criminal record and identity verifications, is the first of its kind to innovate a digital consent verification system in South Africa...

By Evan-Lee Courie 12 Nov 2018

Tax invoice corrections and the Admin Laws Amendment Bill
Tax invoice corrections and the Admin Laws Amendment Bill

To err is human and mistakes are sometimes made on tax invoices. The draft Administration Laws Amendment Bill, 2018 proposes the inclusion of a new section 20(1B) dealing with errors to tax invoices...

By Graeme Palmer 23 Oct 2018

Defining the lines for automatic transfer of employees
Defining the lines for automatic transfer of employees

Do employees automatically transfer from an old service provider to a new service provider when the client replaces the one with the other...?

By Johan Botes 4 Oct 2018

SA legal information platforms wins HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge
SA legal information platforms wins HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge

Legal information platform Baobob.law has been named winner of the Southern African leg of the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) Innovating Justice Challenge...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

Leave judgment rustles employers
Leave judgment rustles employers

Is an employer bound by its own changes to its leave policy? What happens when the employer disputes whether the changes were ever implemented, and there is no witness to gainsay claims of what happened...

By Johan Botes 17 Sep 2018

Community Schemes Ombud Service: Who is guarding the guardian?
Community Schemes Ombud Service: Who is guarding the guardian?

While there has been much focus in the property media on how homeowners can save costs as the fees for basic services continue to rise, sectional title property owners had more added to their monthly levies...

By Chris Renecle 12 Sep 2018

Can you dismiss an employee who refuses to obey instructions?
Can you dismiss an employee who refuses to obey instructions?

In the case of Media Workers' Association of South Africa obo Hoohlo and others v SABC, the CCMA had to consider whether the employees were fairly dismissed for gross insubordination...

By Jacques van Wyk 11 Sep 2018

Dr Roelof Botha
Recession? What recession? Now let's talk land reform

Economist, Dr Roelof Botha is quite adamant that South Africa is not in a recession despite what Stats SA said...

By Nicci Botha 10 Sep 2018

Land reform panic unnecessary, Seeff welcomes clarity and support
Land reform panic unnecessary, Seeff welcomes clarity and support

There is no doubt that there is great concern about land reform amongst ordinary South Africans and especially property owners and buyers. At the same time, there is a huge amount of noise in the media and public discourse around this, often sending mixed messages...

By Stuart Manning 4 Sep 2018

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