Blog Articles

  • Drafting of disciplinary charges
    All too often employers are expected to be technically correct when drafting disciplinary charges. But is this fair to the employer? What if the employee has not been prejudiced? Guidelines Before dismissing an employee for misconduct there has to be an investigation to determine whether there are...
  • KFM Interview: RecruitMyMom connects job-hunting mothers and employers
    CEO and Founder Phillipa Geard of RecruitMyMom was recently named the 2019 Fairlady Santam Woman of the Future. This award is presented to a female entrepreneur who has survived the first 1,000 days of business. The mother of two was inspired by the talents and abilities of many skilled mothers who...
  • Dismissal due to breakdown of trust
    It is the breakdown of the relationship of trust that normally justifies termination of employment in cases of employee misconduct. How serious must that breakdown be? Does the employer have to prove such breakdown of trust to justify dismissal? The relationship of trust is most pertinent in cases...
  • Phillipa Geard Fairlady Santam Women of the future
    South Africa (August 19, 2019) – FAIRLADY magazine announced the winners of the annual FAIRLADY Santam Women of the Future Awards at an exclusive VIP luncheon MC’d by businesswoman and Women of the Future judge, Johanna Mukoki, at Summer Place, in Hyde Park on Friday. The three winners were...
  • Finalists announced for the Fairlady Santam women of the future awards 2019
    The businesswomen who entered the 2019 FAIRLADY Santam Woman of the Future, Rising Star and Social Entrepreneur awards inspired us with their entrepreneurial spirit and their commitment to seeing their brilliant ideas through. It has been tremendously difficult to choose the finalists in each...
  • Implementing flexible working practices: Organisational factors
    In the article “Important Factors when implementing Flexible work practices”, we focused on Individual preference such as work style, motivators and value systems and we shared some practical tools and advice on how these foundational and critical elements can be evaluated, measured and applied to...
  • Staffing agility in times of need – the case for independent contractors
    South Africa has some of the most inflexible labour laws in the world. That said, the growing global trend of hiring contracting staff for specific skills is enabling companies to remain agile in their staffing by hiring differently.  Hiring independent contractors in a tough economy enable...
  • Hearsay evidence in the disciplinary and arbitration hearings
    Occasionally a customer or other external party is witness to employee misconduct. It may be necessary for such person to give evidence in disciplinary proceedings. If the employee challenges the outcome of the hearing, such evidence may also be needed in arbitration proceedings. But what if the...
  • Lying about qualifications on a CV could lead to jail time
    The National Qualifications Amendment Bill has recently been passed, and if president Cyril Ramaphosa accepts it, it means that candidates who misrepresent their qualifications on their CV can get jail time. This bill aims to ensure that people are adequately qualified for the positions they apply...
  • Dagga In The Workplace
    People may no longer be prosecuted for cultivating, possessing and using small amounts of dagga for private purposes. But what are the consequences for the workplace? The recent decision of the Constitutional Court in Minister of Justice & Others v Prince & Others to decriminalise the...