FlatPress My FlatPress blog FlatPress Admin 2020 2020-11-01T00:57:47+00:00 Admin ~/ Retrenchments: it is in the "best interests of society that an employer remains economically viable" ~/?x=entry:entry201029-061703 2020-10-29T06:17:03+00:00 2020-10-29T06:17:03+00:00

Employers do not have free rein to retrench employees who refuse alternative terms and conditions of employment.  Only where there is a genuine operational requirement for the retrenchment will such retrenchment not be automatically unfair. [Read More…]

TERS APPLICATIONS FOR AUGUST/SEPTEMBER ARE OPEN ~/?x=entry:entry201009-064249 2020-10-09T06:42:49+00:00 2020-10-09T06:42:49+00:00

TERS applications for the period of 16 August 2020 to 15 September 2020 are open: https://uifecc.labour.gov.za/covid19/

This period’s benefit is limited to employees of employers:

- are not permitted to operate either fully or partially operate due to lockdown regulations; and/or
- cannot implement special measures for vulnerable employees, or are unable to make alternative arrangements for them to work from home; and/or
- are unable to use employees, either fully or partially, because of operational requirements

Applications for this period will close on 30 October 2020.

NEW COVID-19 WORKPLACE REQUIREMENTS: (Deadline: 21 October 2020) ~/?x=entry:entry201007-104701 2020-10-07T10:47:01+00:00 2020-10-07T10:47:01+00:00

Additional COVID-19 obligations on employers have been issued by the Employment and Labour Minister. [Read More…]

National Strike: 07 October 2020: No work, no pay, no disciplinary action ~/?x=entry:entry200930-055329 2020-09-30T05:53:29+00:00 2020-09-30T05:53:29+00:00

A strike protesting harsh socio-economic conditions, high levels of poverty, crime, corruption and unemployment currently being experienced in South Africa is to take place nationally next week. [Read More…]

TERS extended to 15 September 2020 ~/?x=entry:entry200908-060033 2020-09-08T06:00:33+00:00 2020-09-08T06:00:33+00:00

The TERS (Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme) benefit has been extended to September 15, the Department of Employment and Labour announced. [Read More…]

Reduced salary and wages CAN claim the extended TERS benefits ( 01 July 2020 - 15 August 2020) ~/?x=entry:entry200825-155954 2020-08-25T15:59:54+00:00 2020-08-25T15:59:54+00:00

If employees are experiencing a temporary pay cut, regardless of the hours they are working, the employers can claim for TERS for the period ending 15 August 2020

Previously, a few days ago, the extended TERS was limited to:

- employers not permitted to commence operations under the Disaster Management Regulations;

- employers who were unable to make alternative arrangements for vulnerable workers. [Read More…]

Psychometric Tests do not need HPCSA approval. ~/?x=entry:entry200824-141811 2020-08-24T14:18:11+00:00 2020-08-24T14:18:11+00:00

Under the Employment Equity Act Psychometric tests have to be valid and reasonable, fairly applied and unbiased, and currently the test must be certified by the Health Professions Council of South Africa. [Read More…]

Headcount, not turnover, decides of you are an EMployment Equity Designated Employer ~/?x=entry:entry200824-140554 2020-08-24T14:05:54+00:00 2020-08-24T14:05:54+00:00

Turnover will not define an employer for Employment Equity

Currently an employer is designated for Employment Equity compliance if they employ 50 or more employees and/or exceed the turnover threshold for their specific industry. [Read More…]

The union could repalce your Employment Equity Committee ~/?x=entry:entry200824-133818 2020-08-24T13:38:18+00:00 2020-08-24T13:38:18+00:00

The new Employment Equity Bill puts your union directly into your Employment Equity compliance.

Where there is a representative trade union, a designated employer consults only with the union, and not its own employees. [Read More…]

Minister can set compulsory Employment Equity Targets ~/?x=entry:entry200824-132811 2020-08-24T13:28:11+00:00 2020-08-24T13:28:11+00:00

Until the Employment Equity Amendment Bill comes into force, Employer have been able to set their own targets based on their own Plan and operational requirements.  Its not working, and the Minister of Employment and Labour, is taking an uncompromising approach to workforce transformation: changes will happen, and he will set the target for changes that will be met. [Read More…]

Metal Industry Wage increases for 2020-2021 ~/?x=entry:entry200818-034144 2020-08-18T03:41:44+00:00 2020-08-18T03:41:44+00:00


All existing Main Agreement terms and conditions of employment, including the current wage rates will remain unchanged until 30 June 2021. [Read More…]

Categories of employees who may claim TERS ~/?x=entry:entry200817-110845 2020-08-17T11:08:45+00:00 2020-08-17T11:08:45+00:00

Categories of employees who may claim TERS for the extension period (01 July 2020 – 15 August 2020)

An employer, or employee, may claim TERS benefits for the extension period starting from 1 July 2020 until 15 August 2020.  The new directives cover the following categories of employees whose employers are:

1. [Read More…]

July and August TERS to be processed from 17 August ~/?x=entry:entry200814-080114 2020-08-14T08:01:14+00:00 2020-08-14T08:01:14+00:00

UIF will open and begin processing the July/August Covid-19 TERS applications from 17 August 2020. [Read More…]

TERS for April and May applications will still be accepted. ~/?x=entry:entry200804-062349 2020-08-04T06:23:49+00:00 2020-08-04T06:23:49+00:00

TERS will still process NEW CLAIMS for April and May until a cut-off date, which has yet to be announced, but there will be a 14 day notice period of the cut off, the Department of Employment and Labour announced yesterday. [Read More…]

The CCMA does not want you there. ~/?x=entry:entry200803-062825 2020-08-03T06:28:25+00:00 2020-08-03T06:28:25+00:00

With effect from 01 August 2020:

There will be minimal use of the CCMA offices, unless the CCMA decides differently.

If you have a set down venue received prior to 01 August, go to that venue, unless directed by the CCMA. [Read More…]