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From complacency to compliance: POPIA is here

From complacency to compliance: POPIA is here In 2013 the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) was put into motion, with some sections coming into effect from 2014 and others slowly entering the business arena over the years that followed. On 22 June 2020, the Act suddenly got serious – President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that […]

Social Media Hiring: Risks and Complexities

Social media may be in the public domain but the personality online is not necessarily the person in the real world. “Love life! Drinking it all!” The moment a person hits Send on a social media post it enters the public domain. Their plan to drink an entire bottle of champagne is now known by everyone who reads the post, from their best friend to their colleagues to the HR director of a company they want to work for.

The realities of remote working

The 35-day national lockdown (extended from the original 21 days) is placing a significant economic and emotional strain on employers and employees alike. Some industries have been forced to shut down completely while others have enabled their staff to work from home. Ian McAlister, General Manager at CRS Technologies, believes remote working is about more than ensuring staff have a reliable internet connection.

The importance of employee mental health during lockdown

Even though the extension of South Africa’s lockdown until the end of April may not have been unexpected, companies would do well to consider the mental impact this prolonged period of isolation could have on their employees. Beyond the economic repercussions of the 35-day lockdown, the human issue cannot be ignored, says Nicol Myburgh, Head of the HCM Business Unit at CRS Technologies.

The rights of employers during the lockdown

With South Africa’s lockdown well and truly underway, companies are facing unprecedented times. Even when the country was in the throes of the State of Emergency in the 80s and early 90s, work continued, albeit with strict social controls in place and a strong police and military presence. But business as usual has not been possible for many organisations, leaving employers perplexed about the issue of salary payments. Nicol Myburgh, Head of the HCM Business Unit at CRS Technologies, examines the situation.

The potential of professional

The world is driven by digital. Organisations are bombarded with the terminology of technology – digital transformation, disruption, AI and automation. For many, these solutions provide a quick and simple route to cost-saving, efficiency and productivity; for others, they are a concern. Will the technology that takes over the admin, the drudgery and the mundane tasks that they once did replace them? Are their skills no longer needed?

Occupationally acquired COVID-19 – where do you stand?

By now most employers and employees, across all sectors and industries, are painfully aware of the impact of the global pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) on business. It’s no secret that the virus has negatively disrupted many operators, with markets and currencies floundering as society reels from lockdowns, restricted movements, business closures and the like.

Temporary Employer and Employee Relief Scheme

As South Africa, along with the rest of the world, mobilises resources to battle the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there is a realisation within the labour market that it is most definitely not ‘business as usual’.

Sick note controversy: Fraud or ill health

In the wake of Jacob Zuma’s alleged medical certificate presented to court in January 2020, there has been widening controversy around these documents and their validity in the South African workplace. For companies and employees, sick notes are essential when it comes to verifying ill health and non-attendance at work, but when these are modified or faked, the repercussions can lead to loss of earnings for companies and potentially loss of reputation and career for employees. Faked sick notes constitute an act of fraud and can lead to dismissal.

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