Blog Articles

  • British Chamber of Commerce CEO Conversation with Phillipa Geard
    Leon Ayo from the British Chamber of Business in South Africa interviewed Phillipa Geard on the topic of women in senior leadership.  COVID has step-changed the way business owners think about remote and flexible working, potentially leading to more women in senior roles. View the full interview...
  • What does family responsibility leave cover?
    Family responsibility leave is three days paid leave which qualifying employees are entitled to over and above annual and sick leave. It can be taken with the birth of a child or during the illness and death of a close family member. Here is what the Basic Conditions of Employment Act covers with...
  • How to successfully build and maintain company culture with a distributed workforce
    Phillipa Geard interviewed Llewyllen Watson, co-founder of StructureIt, on the topic of how to build a company culture with a distributed workforce. This question is coming up more and more as a distributed workforce is becoming more common.  StructureIt was established in 2006 and has a footprint...
  • How to measure the productivity of a remote team
    Thanks to global lockdowns and COVID-19, remote working is here to stay. Whether working as a fully distributed team or having a hybrid model of both in-office and remote working, how to measure productivity for a remote team is an essential question to answer for any company.  Here are five steps...
  • Know your notice period rights
    The world of work has changed significantly with employers frequently hiring staff on a contract, part-time or project basis rather than on a full-time, permanent basis. This article outlines the different aspects of notice periods in South Africa and the rights of employers and employees regarding...
  • Warning Signs That Your Job Isn't the Right Fit for You
    Sometimes, job offers may look more interesting in advertisements than they are in real life. When you apply to a new job, you will try to give it a chance as it's always good to embrace changes. However, when your motivation starts to fall, and you start to hesitate before going to work, it's time...
  • Indefinite Lay-Off Without Pay?
    As the economic effects of Covid-19 drag on, employers are faced with new questions surrounding the temporary lay-off of employees. Surely lay-off cannot continue forever. So, for how long may employees be laid off? While most employees are by now able to tender their services, businesses may not...
  • 5 Things to Check Before You Send Your CV
    In the world where everything is instant, a recruiter or prospective employer will decide within a minute if your cv is worth considering.  This list outlines the essentials you need to keep in mind before you send your CV.   1. Cover Letter Make sure your cover letter speaks to the key...
  • Lessons for SME’s on building a distributed team
    If you are considering keeping your workforce remote, you are not alone. Global Workplace Analytics predicts that 25-30% of the workforce will be working-from-home multiple days a week by the end of 2021. There are many lessons to be learned from others who have already taken the step to building...
  • Consultations And Hearings Via Electronic Platforms
    Disciplinary hearings via Skype? Consulting via Zoom? Are such processes allowed? Electronic platforms have become more accessible. The Covid-19 pandemic has alerted us to opportunities that were not obvious before. Does this mean that we may embrace these platforms in labour and employment law...