The North Gauteng High Court in a judgment on Wednesday (27 November) upheld the system of sectoral collective bargaining under the auspices of Bargaining Councils.
In the matter of Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector and others v Motor Industry bargaining Council and others (Case 46476/2011), the Court dismissed an application to have certain provisions of the Mibco Main Agreement, limiting the use of labour broker employees in the motor industry, declared unlawful.
A trader platform that allows small business to create and run a virtual shop front using the JunkMail classifieds site was recently launched.
Our trader platform allows small business owners – whether they are selling cakes out of their home kitchen or marketing ball bearings to vintage car collectors – to create a branded microsite on our platform.
Once an employee has proved that he or she was dismissed unfairly during arbitration proceedings then the arbitrator may make an order for reinstatement or compensation. However, if the employer takes the order on review to the Labour Court then the question arises whether prescription continues to run against the order while the review process is underway.
With the end of the year in sight companies face the administrative burden of making the complex calculations related to determining the correct leave pay due to employees.
The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) sets out the legal structure of all employment contracts and the rights of employees to ensure they are fairly treated in terms of annual leave and severance or notice pay.
To assist companies process leave applications, online leave planning tools are available that enable employees to apply online for leave and for payroll administrators or human resource managers to approve the application via the internet.
Once the person managing the payroll and HR system approves the employee’s leave application, all leave details and changes are reflected on the desktop payroll solution, eliminating manual recapturing. It promotes efficiency, is convenient for both employers and employees and provides an online audit trail that eliminates the need for costly, space and time-consuming paper files.
Employees can apply for leave from anywhere and payroll administrators or small business owners can approve it from anywhere. A mobile application also allows employees to apply for leave using an Android smart phone.
Many of the calculations for leave pay are quite complex and arriving at the correct allocations manually or on spreadsheets is time consuming and prone to error.
The BCEA aims to achieve a situation where leave pay is fully representative of individual employees’ actual earnings. The calculations have to take into account variable income types and must be based on the average earnings of each employee over the 13 weeks preceding the date upon which leave becomes effective.
There are many elements that affect the calculations such as overtime, commissions, allowances and other payments. The bottom line is that they lead to fluctuating income so each employee’s income has to be calculated individually. It can be a nightmare to execute this manually or on spreadsheets.
Automated payroll and HR software retains detail of all of the variable income paid to each employee so that the calculation for the average income over the 13 weeks preceding the leave is not only accurate but is immediately available.
Circumstances may lead to some employees benefiting from higher variable earnings during the three months prior to the leave date. For example accounting staff may take leave when company financial year-end audits are completed, thereby benefiting from the overtime payments they may have received during the preceding 13 weeks.
Similarly, people employed in the construction industry which usually shuts down in mid-December, are also likely to have worked overtime to ensure contracts are completed before shut-down and therefore their leave pay calculations will be affected.
In consultation with management, payroll administrators can establish parameters that the software will automatically follow so that calculations of average earnings are always consistent with the requirements of the BCEA and fair to all concerned.
Users of automated payroll and HR software also benefit from the fact that the software developers monitor amendments to the BCEA and provide updated versions whenever new legal requirements are promulgated.
The automated payroll and HR software therefore always operates in full compliance with the Act, ensuring also that the BCEA leave payments are not subject to basic finger trouble, interpretation or even fraud.
In addition, automated payroll and HR software solutions offer functionality that enables the user to give the entire company an increase, based on either a set value or a specific percentage as well as process a production bonus or commission using only one screen. This not only saves time, it allows global changes to be made to any transaction within the payroll system for all, or a selection of employees.
Philip Meyer is the technology director at Sage Pastel Payroll & HR.
Sage Pastel, comprising Sage Pastel Accounting and Sage Pastel Payroll & HR, racked up impressive achievements this year in the software category of the fourth annual Channelwise Awards.
Impartial online surveys were conducted with SME and consumer resellers, as well as with enterprise resellers to determine which vendors and distributors gave them the best product, service and value in 2013 across a range of product categories.
Telecom Namibia has joined forces with German Internet provider Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (De-CIX) and NewTelco SA, a Jasco Group company, to establish international access points in South Africa and Namibia to the German Internet exchange (DE-CIX). This comes on the back of a recent move by Telecom Namibia in partnership with NewTelco SA to establish Points of Presence (PoPs) in South African and European communication hubs last year.
A new survey of South Africa’s legal professionals, including over 500 attorneys, has revealed a notable increase in their confidence regarding the Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB).
The third quarter survey conducted by PPS, the financial services provider focused on graduate professionals, found that 30% of respondents believe the current LLB degree prepares prospective practitioners sufficiently to enter and succeed in the attorney’s profession, up 10 percentage points from the second quarter survey.
With approximately 10% of the population suffering from migraines – according to the Migraine Research Foundation - a new biomarker test aimed at diagnosing chronic migraines could be the key to reducing absenteeism and insurance claims for lost revenue or treatment of the condition.
Migraines are a common disorder that are incapacitating for the sufferer. A test could not only help sufferers diagnose the condition and monitor treatment programmes, but also assist employers to mitigate their financial losses as a result of sick days caused by migraines.
The C-Suite’s door never closes, and its occupants must be available close on 24/7, SA’s top employers say.
In line with international trends, SA’s senior executives are expected to be available around the clock, even on their days off or outside of working hours, a survey by Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters shows.
Petroplan is opening a new South African office. The office – Petroplan’s first in Africa – is located in Century City, a business development within the suburbs of Cape Town. It will act as a regional hub for Petroplan’s activities in Sub-Saharan Africa, covering various territories including Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Cameroon, and Tanzania.
While large companies will often look to their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to assist with the recruiting process, they should be considering the benefits of using an dedicated application tracking system (ATS) instead.
It’s understandable that recruiters will look to their ERP systems as they do have the functionality to support recruitment. However, ERP systems are cumbersome for several reasons.
Technology is disrupting the way we interact with each other and is having a profound impact on the way in which businesses operate in today’s new digital economy. The rapid evolution of the digital era is providing opportunities for businesses to be more profitable and centre on the needs of the customer. Companies need to align their current business models and integrate digital channels while managing disruptive technology forces at work in the organization.