Entries by Bev Gaia

ARREST AND A CRIMINAL RECORD FOR NOT WEARING A MASK

  “7,000 people have already been arrested for not wearing masks and most of them now have criminal records” (Police Minister Bheki Cele in mid-January)     We all know that wearing a face mask is the right and the safe thing to do, but it is also a legal requirement – and it’s one […]

WORKPLACE BULLYING – CAN YOU CLAIM CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL?

          “…it has been suggested that bullying refers to any unfavourable or offensive conduct on the part of a person or persons, which has the effect of creating a hostile workplace environment… In these terms, bullying includes a wide range of insulting, demeaning or intimidating behaviour that lowers their self-esteem or self-confidence […]

WHAT MUST YOU PROVE TO REMOVE A TRUSTEE?

“…where there is disharmony, the essential test is whether it imperils the Trust estate or its proper administration” (extract from judgment below) Trustees are of course supposed to work together to protect and further the interests of their trust and its beneficiaries, but the fact is that on occasion serious disputes can and do arise. […]

WHEN DO GIFT VOUCHERS EXPIRE?

Gift vouchers have become a popular gift for special occasions and no doubt will be a an item bought to give as gifts this Christmas. Retailers and suppliers of goods and services allow you to purchase a spendable amount of money or a specific service at their outlet which can be redeemed by the special […]

BEFORE YOU BUY OR SELL PROPERTY THIS FESTIVE SEASON….

           “Who acts in haste repents at leisure” (Aesop) Our Festive Season is always a busy time for property sales, and this year should be no different – pent up demand, increased affordability, relocations, record low interest rates and availability of bonds are all factors likely to drive a busy property […]

UNDER THE INFLUENCE AT WORK

In a recent CCMA case, an employee was reinstated as the company failed to show that the employee was under the influence of dagga. The employee was charged with being under the influence, however all the company had for evidence was a positive test and an observation of red and watery eyes. The CCMA found […]

VIRTUAL DISCIPLINARY ENQUIRIES

In a time when physical distancing is required, the question arises as to whether it is possible to conduct a disciplinary enquiry virtually. The answer is yes, provided that the parties conduct themselves honestly and the chairperson ensures a fair process. WHAT PROCESS SHOULD THE CHAIRPERSON ADOPT TO ENSURE FAIRNESS: A virtual enquiry may only […]

NEW COVID-19 REGULATIONS : OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

New Regulations were gazetted on the 1st October 2020. These new regulations have increased the burden placed on employers, especially those that employ more than 50 employees. MannMade Radio interviewed Tracey about these changes last week. To listen to the interview click on the link below: The changes include: New reporting obligations Employers must submit […]

HOME BUSINESSES – IS YOURS LEGAL?

The sharp upsurge in businesses operating remotely as a result of the pandemic lockdowns means a lot more people working from home – most presumably in low-profile home offices, but inevitably some in the form of full-on business activities from home. What effect is that having on the property market? Work-from-home and what’s hot in […]

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