Archive for Dec 2016

THE OFFICE END OF YEAR PARTY!

’Tis the season to be merry… BUT, remember – whether the event is held during normal working hours or outside of working hours; whether it’s held at the office or at a venue away from the office premises, the work party is considered to be an extension of the workplace and as such both employers…

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DOMESTIC WORKERS’ WAGES UP 1 DECEMBER

This year’s new minimum wages for all domestic workers are set out in the table at the end of this article. Who is covered? All domestic workers in South Africa working in a private household People employed by employment services Independent contractors who are doing domestic work A person doing gardening in a private home…

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TWO MINUTES TO A SWIMMING POOL TRAGEDY AND A R62M DAMAGES CLAIM

A recent High Court decision highlights once again both the personal tragedy and the legal consequences of failing to protect children from the dangers of swimming pools and other hazards. The facts The property in question had both a swimming pool (fenced, with two entrance gates) and a koi pond (neither fenced nor covered). The…

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EMPLOYERS: YOUR EE REPORT DEADLINE AND THE R1.5M FINE RISK

Failure by “designated” employers to lodge their employment equity reports on time risks severe penalties, with first offenders risking a fine of the greater of R1,5m or 2{386da21712306c7ea1ec53b34b97fadb8c0ec5caeb4fa51813505ee2700f52b4} of turnover (increasing to the greater of R2,7m or 10{386da21712306c7ea1ec53b34b97fadb8c0ec5caeb4fa51813505ee2700f52b4} of turnover for serial offenders). Lack of enforcement in the past (apart from a few high-profile exceptions)…

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BUY THAT HOUSE! YOU’RE OFF THE HOOK FOR SELLER’S MUNICIPAL DEBTS

A recent Pretoria High Court judgment has come to the rescue of property buyers being pressured by the local municipality to pay the previous owner’s debts. When you buy a property, the municipality won’t issue the seller with a “clearance certificate” – necessary for the transfer of the property to you – until all rates…

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