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GUIDELINES FOR MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATION IN THE WORKPLACE

12 June 2021

With South Africa’s vaccination drive well underway, the focus has now turned to large companies who have been ramping up their efforts to vaccinate their employees – and may be considering mandatory vaccination policies.

Some employers have already started administering the jab to vulnerable employees and employees living with co-morbidities.

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19 March 2021

Employers can discipline employees who flout COVID-19 regulations outside of work, which could even result in dismissals says Justin Hattingh, Senior Legal Advisor at Strata-g Labour Solutions.

“While employers are obligated under the Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) Act to provide a safe and healthy working environment, staff members must also comply to those regulations and ensure that they assist the employer in keeping everyone at the workplace safe and healthy,” explains Hattingh.

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13 December 2017

Strata-g:

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? Legislation focuses on two requirements when establishing whether a business is required to report on employment equity or not: the first is the number of heads in the business (50 employees or more) and the second is annual turnover thresholds, which differ from one sector to the next and are stipulated in Schedule 4 of the EE Act.

Download the full press release below:

The road to EE compliance is paved with dubious intentions

22 November 2017

Strata-g:

Disciplinary hearings and the employee’s right to legal representation

The recent postponement of suspended Eskom executive Matshela Koko’s disciplinary hearing highlights just how costly and drawn out disciplinary procedures can be when lawyers become involved in the process.

It also begs the question: Under what circumstances does the employee have the right to engage legal representation in respect of a disciplinary hearing?

Download the full press release below:

Disciplinary hearings and the employees right to legal representation. 

17 November 2017

Strata-g:

South Africa has proposed new minimum work hours – here are 4 other labour changes you need to know about

On 17 November 2017 the Department of Labour published the National Minimum Wage Bill that is set to introduce a minimum wage of R20 for each ordinary hour worked from May 2018.

Businesses need to familiarise themselves with the National Minimum Wage Bill and the proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act to ensure they understand how these legislative changes will impact their business in the new year.

Download the full press release below:

South Africa has proposed new minimum work hours – here are 4 other labour changes you need to know about

26 SEPTEMBER 2017

Strata-g:

KPMG AND SARS

KPMG RESIGNATIONS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE RIGHTS

The resignation of KPMG’s CEO and other senior executive and board members, following suspected dubious dealings with the Gupta family and South African Revenue Services (SARS), raises questions around employee and employer rights.

Download the full press release below:

KPMG RESIGNATIONS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT EMPLOYER:EMPLOYEE RIGHTS

15 SEPTEMBER 2017

Strata-g:

SISTERS IN BUSINESS

SISTERS MAKE INROADS IN MALE DOMINATED ENVIRONMENT / EYES WIDE OPEN FOR SISTERS IN BUSINESS

Two sisters, Jennifer Da Mata and Roxanne Goncalves of Strata-g Labour Solutions, have harnessed their mutual strengths to build a labour law and human resource consultancy that handles all aspects of the employment chain for clients, from dealing with recruitment and dismissal issues, to ensuring compliance with BBBEE, transformation and other regulatory requirements.

Download the full press release below:

SISTERS MAKE INROADS IN MALE DOMINATED ENVIRONMENT

26 May 2021

By now many of us have come to realise that workplace safety is of paramount importance. This is especially so given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has caused a sustained increase in both COVID-19 infections and deaths over the past few weeks, with the added threat of new variants which are more transmissible.

Unfortunately, the vaccine roll-out and response from our national government has been ponderously slow and badly organised and it is unlikely that any of us will have access to same anytime soon. Accordingly, our best defence at this stage is continued vigilance and adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions such as handwashing, social-distancing and wearing masks when out in public and compliance with Covid-19 policies in the workplace. Now is not the time to get lazy or complacent. It is not enough for a workplace to have “these fancy COVID-19 policies, procedures and protocols in place” if these are not being strictly enforced.

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17 December 2017

Strata-g:

Firms must commit to affirmative action.

JSE listed firms could be snubbing EE codes. Is the failure by 72 JSE listed companies to comply with the provisions laid out in the Employment Equity Act EE a blatant lack of respect, as Deputy Minister of Labour iNkosi Phathekile Holomisa posits, or is it more complex than that?”

Download the full press release below:

Firms must commit to affirmative action

7 December 2017

Strata-g:

Minimum Wage Bill.

The purpose of these legislative amendments is to address the challenges of labour market stability and wage inequality. The amendments provide a stronger environment for collective bargaining and wage negotiations and ensure that due processes are followed when strikes or lockouts take place. 2 hours ago Pixabay On Friday, November 17, the Department of Labour published the National Minimum Wage Bill that is set to introduce a minimum wage of R20 for each ordinary hour worked from May 2018. Businesses need to familiarise themselves with the National Minimum Wage Bill and the proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act to ensure they understand how these legislative changes will impact their business in the new year.

Download the full press release below:

Minimum Wage Bill

27 November 2017

Strata-g:

When can a worker engage a lawyer in a disciplinary action?

The recent postponement of suspended Eskom executive Matshela Koko’s disciplinary hearing highlights how costly and drawn out disciplinary procedures can be when lawyers become involved in the process. It also raises the following question: under what circumstances does an employee have the right to engage legal representation in respect of a disciplinary hearing?

Download the full press release below:

How can a worker engage a lawyer in a disciplinary action

04 October 2017

Strata-g:

IMPACT OF EMPLOYEE CONDUCT

OFF-DUTY CONDUCT AND THE RIGHT TO DISCIPLINE

The recent publicity around senior government officials and members of senior management, and their alleged behaviour or conduct outside of the ‘workplace’,  raises a number of questions for employers: to what extent does a person’s conduct outside the organisation or company impact on the employer and does the organisation or employer have recourse against the individual?

Download the full press release below:

OFF-DUTY CONDUCT AND THE RIGHT TO DISCIPLINE

14 AUGUST 2017

Strata-g:

COMPANY POLICIES NEED TO BE CLEAR

COMPANIES NEED CLEAR POLICIES TO DEAL WITH RACIAL ISSUES

With racism at St Johns College and Windsor House Academy under the spotlight last week, Strata-G Labour Solutions advises companies, including schools, to make sure they adopt appropriate strategies and implement relevant policies in order to identify and eliminate racism in the workplace.

Download the full press release below:

COMPANIES NEED CLEAR POLICIES TO DEAL WITH RACIAL ISSUES

2017

Strata-g:

TRANSFORMATION CAN WORK FOR YOU

By Roxanne Da Mata Gonçalves, Director of Strata-G Labour Solutions, which partners with its clients to take care of every labour related facet of their businesses, from industrial relations and recruitment, to human resources, empowerment equity and payroll.

Many organisations are struggling to come to terms with transformation under the new Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) codes. The reality is, BBBEE is here to stay and the sooner companies embrace the idea, the better.

Download the full press release below:

TRANSFORMATION CAN WORK FOR YOU

13 December 2017

Strata-g:

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? Legislation focuses on two requirements when establishing whether a business is required to report on employment equity or not: the first is the number of heads in the business (50 employees or more) and the second is annual turnover thresholds, which differ from one sector to the next and are stipulated in Schedule 4 of the EE Act.

Download the full press release below:

The road to EE compliance is paved with dubious intentions

22 November 2017

Strata-g:

Disciplinary hearings and the employee’s right to legal representation

The recent postponement of suspended Eskom executive Matshela Koko’s disciplinary hearing highlights just how costly and drawn out disciplinary procedures can be when lawyers become involved in the process.

It also begs the question: Under what circumstances does the employee have the right to engage legal representation in respect of a disciplinary hearing?

Download the full press release below:

Disciplinary hearings and the employees right to legal representation. 

17 November 2017

Strata-g:

South Africa has proposed new minimum work hours – here are 4 other labour changes you need to know about

On 17 November 2017 the Department of Labour published the National Minimum Wage Bill that is set to introduce a minimum wage of R20 for each ordinary hour worked from May 2018.

Businesses need to familiarise themselves with the National Minimum Wage Bill and the proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act to ensure they understand how these legislative changes will impact their business in the new year.

Download the full press release below:

South Africa has proposed new minimum work hours – here are 4 other labour changes you need to know about

26 SEPTEMBER 2017

Strata-g:

KPMG AND SARS

KPMG RESIGNATIONS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE RIGHTS

The resignation of KPMG’s CEO and other senior executive and board members, following suspected dubious dealings with the Gupta family and South African Revenue Services (SARS), raises questions around employee and employer rights.

Download the full press release below:

KPMG RESIGNATIONS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT EMPLOYER:EMPLOYEE RIGHTS

15 SEPTEMBER 2017

Strata-g:

SISTERS IN BUSINESS

SISTERS MAKE INROADS IN MALE DOMINATED ENVIRONMENT / EYES WIDE OPEN FOR SISTERS IN BUSINESS

Two sisters, Jennifer Da Mata and Roxanne Goncalves of Strata-g Labour Solutions, have harnessed their mutual strengths to build a labour law and human resource consultancy that handles all aspects of the employment chain for clients, from dealing with recruitment and dismissal issues, to ensuring compliance with BBBEE, transformation and other regulatory requirements.

Download the full press release below:

SISTERS MAKE INROADS IN MALE DOMINATED ENVIRONMENT

17 December 2017

Strata-g:

Firms must commit to affirmative action.

JSE listed firms could be snubbing EE codes. Is the failure by 72 JSE listed companies to comply with the provisions laid out in the Employment Equity Act EE a blatant lack of respect, as Deputy Minister of Labour iNkosi Phathekile Holomisa posits, or is it more complex than that?”

Download the full press release below:

Firms must commit to affirmative action

7 December 2017

Strata-g:

Minimum Wage Bill.

The purpose of these legislative amendments is to address the challenges of labour market stability and wage inequality. The amendments provide a stronger environment for collective bargaining and wage negotiations and ensure that due processes are followed when strikes or lockouts take place. 2 hours ago Pixabay On Friday, November 17, the Department of Labour published the National Minimum Wage Bill that is set to introduce a minimum wage of R20 for each ordinary hour worked from May 2018. Businesses need to familiarise themselves with the National Minimum Wage Bill and the proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act to ensure they understand how these legislative changes will impact their business in the new year.

Download the full press release below:

Minimum Wage Bill

27 November 2017

Strata-g:

When can a worker engage a lawyer in a disciplinary action?

The recent postponement of suspended Eskom executive Matshela Koko’s disciplinary hearing highlights how costly and drawn out disciplinary procedures can be when lawyers become involved in the process. It also raises the following question: under what circumstances does an employee have the right to engage legal representation in respect of a disciplinary hearing?

Download the full press release below:

How can a worker engage a lawyer in a disciplinary action

04 October 2017

Strata-g:

IMPACT OF EMPLOYEE CONDUCT

OFF-DUTY CONDUCT AND THE RIGHT TO DISCIPLINE

The recent publicity around senior government officials and members of senior management, and their alleged behaviour or conduct outside of the ‘workplace’,  raises a number of questions for employers: to what extent does a person’s conduct outside the organisation or company impact on the employer and does the organisation or employer have recourse against the individual?

Download the full press release below:

OFF-DUTY CONDUCT AND THE RIGHT TO DISCIPLINE

14 AUGUST 2017

Strata-g:

COMPANY POLICIES NEED TO BE CLEAR

COMPANIES NEED CLEAR POLICIES TO DEAL WITH RACIAL ISSUES

With racism at St Johns College and Windsor House Academy under the spotlight last week, Strata-G Labour Solutions advises companies, including schools, to make sure they adopt appropriate strategies and implement relevant policies in order to identify and eliminate racism in the workplace.

Download the full press release below:

COMPANIES NEED CLEAR POLICIES TO DEAL WITH RACIAL ISSUES

2017

Strata-g:

TRANSFORMATION CAN WORK FOR YOU

By Roxanne Da Mata Gonçalves, Director of Strata-G Labour Solutions, which partners with its clients to take care of every labour related facet of their businesses, from industrial relations and recruitment, to human resources, empowerment equity and payroll.

Many organisations are struggling to come to terms with transformation under the new Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) codes. The reality is, BBBEE is here to stay and the sooner companies embrace the idea, the better.

Download the full press release below:

TRANSFORMATION CAN WORK FOR YOU