FlatPress My FlatPress blog FlatPress Admin 2020 2020-01-20T22:52:29+00:00 Admin ~/ Employment Equity Deadline looming: 01 October 2019 ~/?x=entry:entry190818-133658 2019-08-18T13:36:58+00:00 2019-08-18T13:36:58+00:00

With about 6 weeks to go, the first deadline for the submission of your Employment Equity Reports is very close, especially considering the work than goes into that submission if it hasn’t been regularly monitored throughout the year. [Read More…]

THE BBBEE COMMISSIONER IS NOT OPPOSED TO TRUSTS AS OWNERSHIP ~/?x=entry:entry190528-080703 2019-05-28T08:07:03+00:00 2019-05-28T08:07:03+00:00

Don’t dump your trusts - it needs to be in line with exactly what the BBBEE Codes require.

BBBEE Commissioner Zodwa Ntuli is opposed to Trusts which do not operate withing the objectives and requirements of the BBBEE Act and Codes.  One of the key principles in the Codes of Good Practise is that substance takes precedence over legal form.  Ntuli stressed that the BBBEE Commission has never issued a statement disputing that Trusts are not recognisable forms of Black ownership.  She has criticised their substance: the way the Trusts exist and operate.  The Codes clearly allow for the existence of Trusts and details the substance of those Trusts. [Read More…]

Minimum Wage Exemption Process ~/?x=entry:entry190412-140218 2019-04-12T14:02:18+00:00 2019-04-12T14:02:18+00:00

The application for exemption is on line at https://nmw.labour.gov.za/. [Read More…]

Minimum Wage: Employees can anonymously report employers: IMPIMPI ALIVE ~/?x=entry:entry190411-123956 2019-04-11T12:39:56+00:00 2019-04-11T12:39:56+00:00

From 01 May 2019 employees can report an employer for not paying the R20 per hour minimum wage to the Department of Labour.  The project called “Impimpi Alive” will enable workers to send an anonymous SMS message to the Department of Labour, which will dispatch and inspector within 48 hours.  Names of the companies that are found to be paying less than R20 per hour will be made public, in addition to fines that may be issued. [Read More…]

Public Holiday: 08th May 2019 ~/?x=entry:entry190301-131426 2019-03-01T13:14:26+00:00 2019-03-01T13:14:26+00:00

National elections will take place on 08 May 2019

President Ramaphosa has declared the day a public holiday to allow those who wish to vote the opportunity to do so.

Payment: All employees are paid as they would normally be paid for 08 May as if they were at work for that day.

Overtime: If employees work on 08 May 2019 they are, depending on your industry, paid double time.

Payment for the public holiday is made regardless of whether the employee votes or not.

Skills Development and BBBEE Deadline: 30 April 2019 ~/?x=entry:entry190222-072725 2019-02-22T07:27:25+00:00 2019-02-22T07:27:25+00:00

To be able to claim any BBBEE points from the Skills Development element on your next BBBEE Certificate, there must be evidence of your submission of your Annual Training Report and Workplace Skills Plan to your SETA by 30 February 2019.  

Failing to do so means that:
* The 25 BBBEE points available for you for Skills Development fall away. [Read More…]

Suspending an employee as a precaution ~/?x=entry:entry190221-120049 2019-02-21T12:00:49+00:00 2019-02-21T12:00:49+00:00

It is often necessary to suspend an employee as a precaution, or to remove the employee from the workplace to allow for the investigation into misconduct to complete prior to issuing the notice to attend the disciplinary hearing.

Suspension is a category of unfair labour practise, and until a few days ago it was a requirement to hold a pre-suspension hearing prior to deciding to suspend, allowing the employee to argue against it. [Read More…]

Exemption from the new National Minimum Wage ~/?x=entry:entry181213-072210 2018-12-13T07:22:10+00:00 2018-12-13T07:22:10+00:00

There is a system being developed which allows employers to apply for exemptions from the National Minimum Wage on line at www.nmw.dol.gov.za. [Read More…]

1 January 2019: New national minimum wage ~/?x=entry:entry181213-062014 2018-12-13T06:20:14+00:00 2018-12-13T06:20:14+00:00

No employee may earn less than R20 per hour from 01 January 2019. [Read More…]

NEW LEAVE FOR PARENTS ~/?x=entry:entry181212-130208 2018-12-12T13:02:08+00:00 2018-12-12T13:02:08+00:00

Good news for fathers and same-sex couples. [Read More…]

Domestic Workers increase: 5% and National Minimum Wage ~/?x=entry:entry181212-113712 2018-12-12T11:37:12+00:00 2018-12-12T11:37:12+00:00

As of 01 January 2019, the minimum wage for domestic workers is:

Minimum wage for Domestic Workers working MORE than 27 ordinary hours per week in Metropolitan Areas:

- Hourly Rate R13.69
- Weekly Rate R616.03
- Monthly Rate R2 669.24

Minimum Wage for Domestic Workers working LESS than 27 ordinary hours per week in Metropolitan Areas:

- Hourly Rate R16.03
- Weekly Rate R432.78
- Monthly Rate R1 875.22

If your domestic is already earning above the minimum, the increase is 5% based on the actual wage paid to the domestic worker. [Read More…]

New Mining Charter released ~/?x=entry:entry180928-045730 2018-09-28T04:57:30+00:00 2018-09-28T04:57:30+00:00

Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe released the third mining charter yesterday, after approval by the Cabinet last week.  The focus is on empowerment targets and benefiting mining communities. [Read More…]

...and on the subject of smoking... ~/?x=entry:entry180926-150206 2018-09-26T15:02:06+00:00 2018-09-26T15:02:06+00:00

While Marijuana has held the stage this month, the news is not as free-thinking for smokers, vapers and e-cigarette smokers. [Read More…]

Dagga decriminalised - what happens now at work? ~/?x=entry:entry180918-095117 2018-09-18T09:51:17+00:00 2018-09-18T09:51:17+00:00

A few hours ago the Constitutional Court ruled unanimously that the ban on the private use and cultivation of dagga at a private home is unconstitutional.  It means you can grow, and use, dagga in your own home only.  Cultivating dagga for personal consumption only is permissible.  This will continue until the relevant laws are amended. [Read More…]

YES - you can get two bonus BBBEE levels added to your BBBEE Certificate ~/?x=entry:entry180913-105038 2018-09-13T10:50:38+00:00 2018-09-13T10:50:38+00:00

It is entirely possible to add an extra two levels to your final BBBEE scorecard, through the YES (Youth Employment Service) programme. [Read More…]