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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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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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Basic Guide to Employment Equity Plans

Basic Guide to Employment Equity Plans

The purpose of the employment Equity plan is to enable the employer “to achieve reasonable progress towards employment Equity”, to assist in eliminating unfair discrimination in the workplace, and to achieve equitable representation of employees from designated groups by means of affirmative action measures.

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Basic Guide to Affirmative Action

Basic Guide to Affirmative Action

Affirmative action describes policies that support members of a disadvantaged group through education, employment, or housing that have suffered past discrimination. In regards to the EEA, affirmative action ensures that qualified people from designated groups have equal opportunities in the workplace.

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Basic Guide to UIF Contributions

Basic Guide to UIF Contributions

Employers must pay unemployment insurance contributions of 2% of the value of each worker’s pay per month. The employer and the worker each contribute 1%.

Contributions are paid to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) or the South African Revenue Services (SARS).

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Basic Guide to UIF Disputes

Basic Guide to UIF Disputes

You can appeal a decision of the Commissioner or a claims officer at a Regional Appeals Committee by sending the UI-12 form to your nearest provincial office. (Regional Appeals Committees have not been established yet, until they have, please forward your form to the UIF Head Office).

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Basic Guide to Working on Sundays

Basic Guide to Working on Sundays

The Basic Conditions of Employment prescribes the wages for working on a Sunday. Workers who do not usually work on a Sunday, must get double the normal hourly wage. Workers who usually work on a Sunday must get 1.5 times the normal hourly wage. Workers who usually work on a Sunday, but work less than their ordinary shift, must get their normal daily wage.

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Basic Guide to Working Hours

Basic Guide to Working Hours

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act regulates working hours and rest periods for workers. The maximum normal working hours allowed are 45 hours weekly (excluding overtime). This usually amounts to 9 hours per day (excluding lunch break) if the employee works a 5-day week, and 8 hours per day (excluding lunch break) if the employee works more than 5 days per week.

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Basic Guide to Termination

Basic Guide to Termination

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act stipulates the procedures for termination of an employment contract. Termination of employment is an employee’s departure from a job and the end of an employee’s duration with an employer. Termination may be voluntary on the employee’s part, or it may be at the hands of the employer, often in the form of dismissal or a layoff.

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Basic Guide to Sick Leave

Basic Guide to Sick Leave

Rules for sick leave as prescribed by the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. During the first six months of employment, an employee (this also applies to an employee employed on a fixed term basis for a period of 6 months or less) is entitled to 1 day’s paid sick leave for every 26 days worked. If the employee needs extra sick leave, it will be in the form of unpaid leave.

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Basic Guide to Public Holidays

Basic Guide to Public Holidays

The Basic Conditions of Employment stipulates the conditions for working on Public Holidays for workers. Working on a public holiday is by agreement only. Workers must be paid extra for working on a public holiday.

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Basic Guide to Overtime

Basic Guide to Overtime

The Basic Conditions of Employment regulates overtime working hours and pay for such hours. Overtime is the amount of time someone works beyond normal working hours. The amount of overtime a worker may work is limited. Workers must get 1.5 times their normal hourly pay or paid time off in exchange for overtime.

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Basic Guide to Maternity Leave

Basic Guide to Maternity Leave

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act gives pregnant workers the right to take maternity leave. Maternity leave should commence one month before the expected date of birth of the child, and the employee is obliged to give the employer one month’s notice of the commencement of maternity leave.

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Basic Guide to Family Responsibility Leave

Basic Guide to Family Responsibility Leave

Under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, workers may take paid leave to attend to certain family situations. Family responsibility leave applies when the employee’s child is born, when the employee’s child is sick, or in the event of the death of the employee’s spouse or life partner, or the employee’s parent, adoptive parent, parents-in-law, grandparent, child, adopted child, grandchild or sibling.

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Basic Guide to Employment Contracts

Basic Guide to Employment Contracts

Every employee is entitled to an employment contract, no matter what industry you work in. The Basic Conditions of Employment Act requires that employers give workers certain details of their employment in writing.

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Basic Guide to Deductions

Basic Guide to Deductions

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act allows for deductions from a worker’s pay only under certain conditions. Payroll deductions are amounts withheld from an employee’s payroll check, and these amounts are withheld by their employer. Among these deductions are insurance pension contributions, wage assignments, child support payments, taxes, and union and uniform dues.

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Basic Guide to Child Labour

Basic Guide to Child Labour

‘Child Labour’ is work performed by a child that is likely to interfere with his or her right to education, or to be harmful to their health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development. All work done by children under the age of 15 and dangerous work done by children under the age of 18 is illegal. The Basic Conditions of Employment Act does not allow for the employment of children under the age of 15.

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Basic Guide to Annual Leave

Basic Guide to Annual Leave

Here are the rules for annual leave as prescribed by the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. Annual leave is paid time off work granted by employers to employees to be used for whatever the employee wishes.

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Basic Guide to Private Employment Agencies

Basic Guide to Private Employment Agencies

The Skills Development Act stipulates that temporary employment agencies must be registered with the Department of Labour. Private employment agencies must register with the Department of Labour. The Director-General may cancel the registration if they do not abide by the rules.

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Basic Guide to Reporting Occupational Injuries and Diseases

Basic Guide to Reporting Occupational Injuries and Diseases

Workers must notify their employers of an accident immediately. Employers must submit certain documents to the Compensation Commissioner within 7 days of being notified. Compensation claims for occupational injuries are calculated according to the degree of disablement. Disablement caused by the employer’s negligence may result in increased compensation.

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