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COVID-19: Business Survival Checklist

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, and more recently, the National Lockdown, the challenges faced by businesses are changing rapidly. Business, employers and employees throughout South Africa, are being forced to adapt to new ways of operating. At estome we have prepared this short checklist to help you navigate these volatile, challenging and unprecedented times.

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How do Face Masks Work

How Do Face Masks Work?

Key to every organization’s return-to-workplace plan is the understanding and implementation of the law as it relates to your company. This includes the health and safety of employees and, in turn, that of the consumers and other stakeholders with whom they come in contact.

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Return-to-Workplace Guide (COVID-19)

Key to every organization’s return-to-workplace plan is the understanding and implementation of the law as it relates to your company. This includes the health and safety of employees and, in turn, that of the consumers and other stakeholders with whom they come in contact.

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Captains of industry tell Cyril how to fix SA: CEOs share their wish list!

Captains of industry tell Cyril how to fix SA: CEOs share their wish list!

South African CEOs have high hopes that Cyril Ramaphosa, expected to continue being president after elections, will fix the economy. The country’s top business movers-and-shakers have shared their wish list of things Ramaphosa must do. There are few surprises on the list, and Ramaphosa is keenly aware of the priorities. Topping South Africa Inc’s list is…

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Employee claims against an Employer in business rescue in the Labour Court

Employee claims against an Employer in business rescue in the Labour Court

The Labour Court, in the case of Marais and Others v Shiva Uranium (Pty) Ltd (In Business Rescue) and Others (J3049/18) [2018] ZALCJHB 346; (2019) 40 ILJ 177 (LC); [2019] 5 BLLR 472 (LC) (5 October 2018), recently ruled on whether employees are entitled to approach the Labour Court to enforce a claim against their employer placed under business rescue.

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No pain, no gain for SA economy

No pain, no gain for SA economy

Some pain is unavoidable in stabilising the fiscus, but politically palatable options do exist that might just do enough to appease the ratings agencies and financial markets

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Having a side hustle is now mainstream in SA

Having a side hustle is now mainstream in SA

As many as one-in-four working South Africans are operating some kind of side hustle – earning extra income beyond their formal employment – according to recent online research done by the Henley Business School of Africa.

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All employees have a right to privacy, but is that privacy limited?

All employees have a right to privacy, but is that privacy limited?

All employees have a right to privacy, but does it end there? In the recent Labour Court decision of NUMSA and Another v Rafe N. O. and Others (JR1022/12) [2016] ZALCHJB 512, the question of whether an employer had the right to examine an employee’s cellphone, was permissible, secondly the employees’ refusal to have his or her cellphone examined constituted an offence that warranted dismissal. Consolidated Employers Organisation frequently receives questions pertaining to this issue and whether there is any risk that the employer may face at the CCMA or Bargaining Council. Employers now have more guidance on this sensitive issue that has been clarified by the Labour Court in the above-mentioned case.

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SA's rising unemployment shows labour model inadequate

SA’s rising unemployment shows labour model inadequate

South Africa’s rising unemployment rate is evidence that the country’s current labour model is inadequate to stem the shedding of jobs, a labour expect said on Thursday.
Unemployment rose to 29 percent of the labour force in the second quarter of 2019 from 27.6 percent in the first, the highest since a quarterly labour force survey was introduced in 2008, Statistics South Africa said earlier this week.

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An employee’s entitlement to Severance pay

An employee’s entitlement to Severance pay

The question of whether an employee is entitled to severance pay usually arises once a retrenchment has been concluded and there is a dispute referred to the CCMA or a Bargaining Council. An arbitrator dealing with this dispute may only decide whether the employee is entitled to the severance pay, which is a statutory entitlement.

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Sick Leave And Valid Medical Certificates

Sick Leave And Valid Medical Certificates

Socio-economic circumstances in South Africa deny the greater population access to private medical practitioners. The result is that people are reliant on clinics for medical attention where the employee is provided with a medical certificate which is, more often than not, signed by the clinic nurse. This poses an exceedingly frequent question amongst employers i.e. what constitutes a valid medical certificate for purposes of sick leave?

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