Racism – 5 Lessons from Social Media

Racism: that’s the hot potato that saw 2015 out, and that’s what plagued 2016 all through the year. The racial debate appears to be under a constant spotlight across social media, in the media, around the dinner table. A number of key issues seem to have arisen, with a number of important lessons to be learnt.   Reputation One of the lessons that Penny Sparrow very quickly learnt is that there’s no such thing as privacy on social media. You may think that you’re in control. You decide whose friend request to accept, and whose...

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What is required to place an employee on suspension?

As every employer knows, employing staff can be risky business. Human nature tends to be unpredictable, and you never know when an employee may turn on you. Sometimes misconduct by an employee is not immediately apparent. An employee may be surreptitiously damaging the company over the course of several months, sometimes even years, before the employer becomes aware that something is amiss. For example: you run a small consultancy. Your receptionist doubles as your accounts clerk. She keeps track of your billing hours and ensures that...

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What can I be arrested for at a roadblock?

There is a lot of confusion about what the metro police could potentially arrest you for when you get stopped at a roadblock. This confusion was worsened by a widely publicized report in December 2015 where the CEO of the Road Traffic Management Corporation announced that the metro police would be taking a zero tolerance stance against traffic offenders, further announcing a long list of crimes for which motorists could be arrested. The problem is, majority of the crimes that he listed merely attract fines. Ie. the officer would be perfectly...

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Q:I run a veterinary practice whereby our receptionist is responsible for receiving all payments. I suspect that my receptionist is stealing from me and somehow fiddling the cash receipts in the accounts. How do I proceed with this?

I run a veterinary practice, where I employ two other vets and a receptionist. Our receptionist is responsible for receiving all payments from our customers, and twice a week she goes to the bank to deposit cash. She also doubles as our bookkeeper. Over the past few months I’ve been concerned about our accounts. Our monthly profits have decreased even though the practice has been busy. I had a look at the bank statements, and noticed that while our credit card payments and EFT payments have been pretty steady, the amount of cash deposited...

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Unilateral changes to conditions of employment

Can an employer unilaterally implement changes to its terms and conditions of employment? If the employees haven’t been given the opportunity to negotiate these terms, don’t agree with the changes, and therefore decide not to comply with the changes, does the employer have the right to commence disciplinary action against them? Here’s a case that the Labour Court was recently asked to adjudicate on. Suid-Kaap Stene CC encountered financial difficulties. In an attempt to cut costs it decided to implement short-time by reducing the...

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