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01 September 2018

Y.E.S INITITIATIVE IS FINALLY GAZETTED. HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Youth Employment Services (YES) amendments to the B-BBEE Codes were gazetted on Tuesday, 28 August 2018.

YES is a business-led partnership with government, labour, and civil society and aims to provide 1 million South Africans between 18 and 35 years with paid work experience by the year 2020. The amendments will have significant benefits to organisations that integrate youth employment into their workforce and B-BBBEE strategies.

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30 August 2018

BBBEE: IT PAYS TO COMPLY WITH LEGISLATION

Companies that opt to pay a fine rather than comply with the Employment Equity Act (EEA) and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) legislation do not recognise the value of transformation and the benefits it can bring, says Roxanne Da Mata Gonçalves, Director of Strata-G Labour Solutions.

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23 August 2018

EMPOWERING YOUTH THROUGH EDUCATION & CREATING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

In 1998 the Skills Development Act was introduced in an effort to assist with the development of skills within the South African workforce by encouraging workplaces to become active learning environments and make provisions for ongoing education and skills development.

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15 August 2018

TRANSPORT CHARTER EME AND BLACK OWNED QSE CONFIRMATION

The Amended B-BBEE codes of good practice (Government Gazette No.:36928), published in the gazette on 13 October 2013, states under code series 000, clause 4.5 and 5.3, that an EME and a black owned QSE only requires to obtain an affidavit confirming turnover and black ownership.

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09 July 2018

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY – BLITZ INSPECTIONS WITHIN THE WHOLESALE & RETAIL SECTOR

Employment Equity (EE) is by far one of the most challenging and underestimated elements of transformation that South African employers are faced with. It should be assessed and addressed as a high priority, however many organisations underestimate the process of compliance. In a media alert, on the 18 June 2018, the Department of Labour announced that they would be embarking on a blitz inspection targeting organisations within the Wholesale and Retail sector.

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11 June 2018

THE ROAD TO EE COMPLIANCE IS PAVED WITH DUBIOUS INTENTIONS

Is the failure by 72 JSE-listed companies to comply with the provisions laid out in the Employment Equity Act a blatant lack of respect, as Deputy Minister of Labour Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa posits, or is it more complex than that?

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20180610_ROAD TO COMPLIANCE IS PAVED WITH DUBIOUS INTENTIONS

31 May 2018

STRATEGIES ON HOW TO RETAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES

The longer an employee is employed with your company, the more experience they will have in the industry you operate in and your specific approach to business, which is invaluable as your employees are essentially your company’s brand ambassadors. An added benefit is that even though these “long-term” employees are achieving continuous good results themselves, they can assist other employees to do the same by training and mentoring them which will result in high-quality work being delivered throughout your company with ease.

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25 May 2018

B-BBEE: THE AMENDED CODES, SECTOR CODES, TRANSFORMATION CHARTERS AND CHANGES TO BE EXPECTED 

Most companies operating in South Africa are familiar with the term B-BBEE, the old 2007 DTI Codes of Good Practice and the 2013 General Amended Codes.

Nevertheless, the nature of your business and the industry or sector in which your company operates, are both vital aspects which need to be considered when establishing whether a Sector Code or Transformation Charter would most likely dictate how your company’s B-BBEE status will be determined.

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20180518_B-BBEE General Amended Codes Sector Codes expected change.._

11 May 2018

PRACTICES THAT CAN IMPROVE EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY

Every employer should have staff who share in the vision and success of the organisation and are leaders within their respective roles. Studies have shown that productive employees are motivated, innovative, creative and loyal. It is such employees that give an organisation a competitive edge in today’s high speed and “hyper-connected” business environment.

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24 April 2018

B-BBEE COMMISSION CONFIRMS MORE COMPANIES ARE FRONTING

Ms Zodwa Ntuli, the Commissioner of the B-BBEE Commission, addressed Parliament on 17 April 2018 and confirmed that more companies are fronting their employees through Trusts and Broad-based Ownership Schemes (BBOS).

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1222018 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE

18 April 2018

WHY ARE CORPORATES NOT JUMPING TO GET INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT’S SKILLS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES AND SAVE MONEY?

“Too few companies are taking part in government initiatives aimed at decreasing youth unemployment in South Africa. This is inexplicable, especially given how these programmes can benefit their bottom lines,” says Roxanne Da Mata Gonçalves, Director at Strata-G Labour Solutions.

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11 April 2018

B-BBEE AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

It is common knowledge by now that the 2013 General Amended Codes, effective from 01 May 2015, have brought about significant changes in how companies, irrespective of size, approach and regard B-BBEE.

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2018.04.10 Changes to B-BBEE Skills Development

05 April 2018

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY – IMPORTANCE OF IMPLEMENTATION

Before South Africa became a democratic country, there were colonial and apartheid laws that excluded black people from participating in the educational and labour systems. To rectify this and to bring an end to the discrimination, the Constitution was put in place, giving all the occupants of the land the right to equality. Because the previous process was one that took place over a number of years, the government knew that the transition and transformation would not take place over night. Therefore a provision within the legislation was put into place, to assist with the accomplishment of equality and this is when the Employment Equity Act came into play.

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28 March 2018

HOW TO OPTIMISE YOUR SCORES ON PREFERENTIAL PROCUREMENT BY FOCUSING ON LOCAL SUPPLIERS

Despite all the changes to B-BBEE in terms of legislation and irrespective of the applicable Codes and or Sector Codes, Preferential Procurement remains one of the simpler elements (scorecard items) to comply with.

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2018.03.28 BEE and your business – Preferential Procurement

21 March 2018

INTERNSHIPS – A MECHANISM TO MAKE OUR YOUTH MORE EMPLOYABLE

Whilst the government is introducing Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment policies to radically fast track the economic empowerment of previously disadvantaged individuals. With more than 55% of the country’s population still living in poverty, unfortunately these policies are still making the rich, richer and the poor, poorer.

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12 March 2018

B-BBEE AND YOUR BUSINESS: HOW BEST TO PREPARE FOR YOUR CURRENT AND FUTURE B-BBEE VERIFICATIONS

Regardless of whether your company is a Start-up Enterprise, a Private Company, a Close Corporation, listed or unlisted, operating in South Africa has changed drastically in the past 10 years irrespective of the industry and/or sector you are trading in. Within this ever-changing environment, the regulatory requirements your company is required to adhere to as well as the terms and conditions of your company’s suppliers and/or clients’ which need to be met in order to maintain and/or procure new business, all ultimately result in tedious, labour-intensive administration and having to comply with B-BBEE is just the cherry on top.

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12032018 BEE and your business – How to prepare for your BEE Verificat.._

26 February 2018

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND THE 2013 AMENDED CODES

It is common knowledge by now that the 2013 General Amended Codes, effective from 01 May 2015, have brought about significant changes in how companies, irrespective of size, approach and regard B-BBEE, but how does it impact the element, Skills Development?

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09 February 2018

CONFIRM THAT A TRAINING PROVIDER OR PROGRAMME IS ACCREDITED

Many employers and learners have been taken for a ride by Training Providers who allege that they are accredited to facilitate certain learning interventions, namely accredited skills programmes and learnerships.

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CONFIRM THAT A PROVIDER OR PROGRAMME IS ACCREDITED

06 February 2018

ENTERPRISE- AND SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT: CREATIVE VALUE-ADDING INITIATIVES

It is common knowledge by now that the 2013 General Amended Codes, effective from 01 May 2015, have brought about significant changes in how companies, irrespective of size, approach and regard B-BBEE.

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ENTERPRISE & SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT

01 February 2018

THE FUNCTION AND FUTURE LANDSCAPE OF THE SETAS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) were introduced as a replacement of 33 Industry Training Boards. The Industry Training Boards had limited powers and responsibilities. They only covered certain sectors and mainly focused on Apprenticeships. As stated in Chapter 3, Section 10 of the Skills Development Act of 1998, the SETAs were formulated to develop a sector skills plan within the framework of the National Skills Development Strategy. The SETAs are responsible for approving the Workplace Skills Plan (WSP), allocating and awarding grants for national training and development, undertaking quality assurance and monitoring education and training in a specific sector. The implementation of the skills is done through but not limited to the establishment of learnerships, internships and unit based skills programmes.

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THE FUNCTION AND FUTURE LANDSCAPE OF THE SETAS IN SOUTH AFRICA

23 January 2018

SECTOR  CODES and/or TRANSFORMATION CHARTERS

Most companies operating in South Africa are familiar with the term B-BBEE and more so with the old 2007 DTI Codes of Good Practice as well as the 2013 Amended Codes.

However, based on the nature of your business and/or the industry or sector in which your company operates, a Sector Code or Transformation Charter would most likely dictate how your company’s B-BBEE status needs to be determined.

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SECTOR CODES and:or TRANSFORMATION CHARTERS

15 January 2018

THE IMPORTANCE OF AN IMPARTIAL CHAIRPERSON

Employers, when tasked with the discipline of their employees who have committed offences within the workplace which have either been repeatedly committed or are of a serious nature, will have to resort to the holding of a disciplinary inquiry.

When a disciplinary inquiry is held, it is important that employers make use of a chairperson whom is impartial to the process. It is often not fully understood what is meant by impartiality and what this may constitute for an employer. The word Impartial is defined as treating all rivals or disputants equally which effectively means that all parties to a dispute are to be treated the same.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF AN IMPARTIAL CHAIRPERSON

09 January 2018

B-BBEE COMPLIANCE REPORTS

The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act 53 of 2003 as amended by Act 46 of 2013 (hereinafter referred to as the Act) requires all spheres of government, public entities, organs of state, public companies listed on the JSE and all Sectoral Education and Training Authorities (SETA’s), as contemplated in the 1998 Skills Development Act, to submit B-BBEE Compliance Reports to the B-BBEE Commission on an annual basis..

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B-BBEE COMPLIANCE REPORTS 9 Jan 2018

14 December 2017

THE EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS/ FOREIGN NATIONALS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Employers who hire foreign nationals should take note of the recent judgement of Sithole v Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council & others (JR318/15) which was delivered on 24 November 2017, where an employee had been dismissed as he did not have a valid work permit. The above mentioned case provides what the position is concerning a foreigners’ employment rights in South Africa and if such foreigner has any employment rights when they do not have a valid work permit.

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THE EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS: FOREIGN NATIONALS IN SOUTH AFRICA

12 December 2017

THE DTI GAZETTES THE LONG AWAITED AMENDED FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR CODE

On Friday, 01 December 2017, Minister Rob Davies gazetted the Amended Financial Services Sector Code (also referred to as the Amended FSC), effective from date of issue.

As per the DTI’s Media Statement issued on Monday 04 December 2017, Minister Davies has been quoted saying that transformation for the Financial Services Sector is vital for our country as this sector manages over R8 trillion assets, contributing 21.6 per cent to the gross domestic product of the economy, annually.

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THE DTI GAZETTES THE LONG AWAITED AMENDED FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR CODE 12 dec

30 November 2017

THE IMPORTANCE OF A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY ON INTOXICATING SUBSTANCES

Employers should be aware of the importance of their wording when implementing policies concerning the use and abuse of intoxicating substances within the work place. The reason why the wording should be carefully considered is to allow the employer to discipline their employees more effectively, should such a policy not be worded correctly it could potentially result in a matter being referred to the CCMA as an unfair dismissal.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY ON INTOXICATING SUBSTANCES

23 October 2017

THE IMPORTANCE OF EMPLOYMENT EQUITY AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION

Before South Africa became a democratic country, there were colonial and apartheid laws that excluded black people from participating in the educational and labour systems. To rectify this and to bring an end to the discrimination, the Constitution was put in place, giving all the occupants of the land the right to equality.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF EMPLOYMENT EQUITY AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION

16 October 2017

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND THE UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE RECOGNITION OF BLACK UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN TRAINING SPECIFIED IN THE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT MATRIX 

Many employers have raised questions and expressed uncertainty regarding the recognition of black unemployed people participating in training specified in the skills development matrix in terms of the Generic scorecard under the 2013 Amended Codes and this uncertainty will most likely continue up until such time when the Department of Trade and Industries (DTI) publishes the long awaited Verification Manual.

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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND THE UNCERTAINTY REGARDING THE RECOGNITION OF BLACK UNEMPLOYED

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Strata-g Labour Solutions advises employers on yesterday’s COSATU mass protest action and what employers need to know.

27 September 2017 marked a day deemed as the largest post-apartheid protest in South Africa. In a bid to “shut down” the country, COSATU and SACP embarked on protest action highlighting a call for President Jacob Zuma’s resignation and an end to corruption and state capture.

Although the protest action itself was compliant with the terms of Section 77 of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (“LRA”), as amended, and was therefore protected i.e. legal, the burning question is how should Employers react to protest action of such magnitude and do businesses have any recourse in respect of employees who took part from a labour law perspective?

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COSATU MASS PROTEST ACTION AND WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

VICARIOUS LIABILITY: EMPLOYERS LIABLE FOR EMPLOYEES’ ACTIONS

Vicarious liability is a legal term used to describe a situation where the law holds one person liable for the wrongful act or omission of another person, even though it wasn’t that person’s fault.

For example: while on duty, the employee driving the vehicle belonging to the employer collides with a vehicle belonging to a third party and the driver and or passenger in the third party’s vehicle is seriously injured. The accident has been proven to be the fault of the employee. You, as the employer, are liable. This is the principle of “vicarious liability”

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VICARIOUS LIABILITY- EMPLOYERS LIABLE FOR EMPLOYEES’ ACTIONS