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Labour laws protect new mothers

Pregnant employees are strongly protected under South African law. There are no fewer than six pieces of legislation that require employers to treat pregnant and post-pregnant employees with the greatest of care. One of these pieces of legislation is the Code Of Good Practice On The Protection Of Employees During Pregnancy And After The Birth Of A Child (The Code).


Winning traits of women in leadership positions

Inge Lawrence from Bizmod says that irrespective of the steps that women around the globe have taken to eradicate the glass ceiling, many women still feel the need to prove themselves in the corporate environment. “As we enter into Women’s Month, it seems pertinent to focus on the traits that women bring to the C-Suite. As a starting point, it falls on many women to lead the charge in creating a balance between work and personal lives. Often the management of the home and children is led by the female partner in the relationship while still managing a high level career and achieving professional goals.”


Recruitment Marketing & Advertising Pathway to Excellence

We can no longer escape the reality of the Fourth Revolution being upon us, with technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), chatbots and the like moving into our workplace quicker than we realise. Employees are feeling a degree of vulnerability, having to question how to remain relevant and companies are experiencing the pressure of having to re-engineer themselves, to address this technological shift.


Employers not following LRA in managing discipline

Ignorance of the Labour Relations Act (specifically Schedule 8: Code of Good Practice: Dismissal), combined with a lack of relevant skills and issues with enforcement are among the challenges faced by employers in managing discipline. As HR and HCM services and solutions specialist CRS Technologies explains, there is a lot for employers to consider in taking appropriate action against employees who transgress rules, do not perform or are found to be in contravention of the labour law.


Dismissal unfair if rehab is needed

The law prohibits employers from disciplining employees who are ill or disabled. For example, an employee who uses narcotics and becomes addicted is legally classified as being ill and is protected by law.Section 6 of the Employment Equity Act prohibits unfair discrimination against employees on the grounds of disability or illness. This means that an employer may not discriminate against an employee merely due to the fact that the employee is disabled. In fact the same Act obliges employers to find ways of recruiting and seeking ways to accommodate people with disabilities.