PARENTAL, ADOPTION AND COMMISSIONING PARENTAL LEAVE
Section 3 of the Labour Laws Amendment Act amends the BCEA and allows new types of leave available to employees who have been employed for at least 13 weeks. The new types of leave are parental, adoption and commissioning parental leave.
An employee who is a parent of a child is entitled to 10 consecutive days of parental leave.
An employee who is an adoptive parent of a child below the age of 2 is entitled to either 10 consecutive weeks of adoption leave OR 10 consecutive days of parental leave.
Often when a client calls wanting advice on an internal compliance matter and I ask what the Company Policy is, the standard answer is “I am running a business; I don’t have time for all of those policies” or “We are so small there are not enough of us to have all of this paperwork in place”. The truth is that a lack of process and policies can mean a considerable amount of time spent on labour issues than most employers would like. Here are the top five things every employer should know when it comes to having an effective compliance structure in their business.
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A PSP has been included in the definition of an employee for tax purposes and in is defined as:
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South Africa has for a long time endorsed human rights and constitutional rights, the general well-being of its populace has always been a priority; therefore the implementation of Ergonomics regulations is on par with the status of the country. The purpose of these regulations is to establish programmes that will manage physical and cognitive ergonomics in the workplace, ensuring comfortable working conditions for employees.
Why ergonomics is beneficial for both employer and employee
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