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Domestic Workers Minimum Wages 2016/17

From the 1st of December 2016, the minimum wages for domestic workers will be increased, are you ready?

What is the minimum wage for domestic workers?

Every year we hear about minimum wages and the yearly increase. Do not be in the dark 2015/2016, let us explain it to you!

Who is covered by the Sectoral Determination for Domestic Workers?

  • Housekeepers
  • Gardeners
  • Nannies
  • Domestic Drivers

They all are covered by the Sectoral Determination for Domestic Workers, except in the event that they fall under a bargaining council or another Sectoral Determination.

An example of where an employee will fall under Sectoral Determination is a gardener at the office or a cleaner at the factory. Read more “Domestic Workers Minimum Wages 2016/17”

Retrenchment Article

Retrenchment?

The importance of preparing your company to downsize

In the current economic climate, it has become increasingly necessary for many companies to start taking a hard look at their operational costs and find ways of maximizing productivity while minimizing expenditure. The fact that labour costs ordinarily constitute the lion’s share of a business’ expenses makes it the first target for penny-pinching managers and often times this will result in a management decision to reduce the workforce as a “quick-fix” to rebalance the books. The problem with this approach, however is that managers fail to grasp the legal complexities of a “Retrenchment” process, or Dismissals for Operational Requirements as it is legally known. Not only are there very specific procedural requirements which a company must adhere to, but there also exists a single major cost implication which could, in many cases make the decision to downsize less attractive to management who are seeking interim short term relief to budgetary pressures. Additionally, failing to prepare for the massive expense of such dismissals may very well turn out to be the final nail in the coffin of small businesses. Sections 189 and 189A of the LRA (Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 as amended) provide the outlines of the procedure that must be followed and Section 189A(13)(c) allows the Labour Court to reinstate* employees who were dismissed without such procedure. Read more “Retrenchment?”

Contract Article

Are Temporary Contracts Dead

Following the promulgation of The Labour Relations Amendment Act (Act 6 of 2014) on the 1st of January 2015, various changes occurred within the framework of the Labour Relations Act (Act 66 of 1995, as amended) of which some impact om temporary wokrers. While many of these amendments became effective immediately on the 1st of January, some of the sections only became active on the 1st of April 2015 [Section 198B(8(b)].

Among these latter amendments were the new regulations surrounding Temporary Contracts of Employment. Specifically the new Sections 198B and 198D govern the manner in which these contracts should be dealt with.

The biggest concern for business has been the much publicized limitation of fixed term contracts to a period of only three (3) months [Section 198B(3)] and the manner in which a fixed term contract that has lasted for more than three (3) months would be deemed to be of an indefinite nature (Permanent) [Section 198B(5)]. Read more “Are Temporary Contracts Dead”

ZAParliament News

HR City Challenges Labour Law Amendments

HR City attended the parliament portfolio committee on labour relations to debate and argue against the proposed changes to existing labour legislation as well as the introduction of new laws which would make it even harder for employers in South Africa to conduct business.

A lot of these changes will negatively impact on business in South Africa and will severely restrict the ability of smaller businesses to grow while significantly increasing unemployment and contributing to poverty. Read more “HR City Challenges Labour Law Amendments”