Archive for May 2018

Boosting Health, Happiness and Productivity in Your Office

Whether your offices are big or small, their layout is critical to promoting (or harming) your employees’ mental and physical health. Boost your team’s happiness and productivity by casting a fresh eye over your current office layout with “5 Office Design Hacks That Will Increase Employee’s Productivity” on the Dumb Little Man website. And don’t…

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Life Partners: Beware the “Common Law Marriage” Myth!

“The general rule of our law is that cohabitation does not give rise to special legal consequences, no matter how long the relationship has endured” (From a 2010 High Court judgment and still applicable)   One of the more pervasive myths in South Africa is that, if you live together for long enough as “life…

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Road Rage – Sue, and Report It!

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” (Comedian George Carlin) We live in stressful times, and as our roads become busier and the pressures of modern life mount, expect more and more road rage incidents. YouTube clips of drivers brawling,…

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What Happens If You Cancel Your Lease Early?

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” (Wise old adage)  You sign a two year lease for a nice little apartment (or a large family house if you have a spouse, 3 kids and a dog) but after 6 months your employer transfers you and you have to cancel early. “Fine” says your…

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SME’s PREPARE FOR THE 2018 FLU SEASON

With the Northern Hemisphere emerging from a particularly bad flu season, expect South Africa to be hard hit this winter. The H3N2 strain seems to be a particular concern because of its association with pneumonia and other complications. The sick-leave cost to the economy is going to be huge, and SMEs are particularly vulnerable. Think…

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WHEN IS DISMISSAL FAIR FOR A FAKE CV?

“…it cannot be right and proper to reinstate or re-employ a person in a position that was secured by the making of false statements” (Extract from a Labour Appeal Court judgment quoted in the case below)   Employees and employers alike should be aware of a recent Labour Court decision which once again underlines the…

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FACEBOOK DEFAMATION – THE TRUTH IS NOT ENOUGH!

You are engaged in a bitter dispute – perhaps it’s a fight over money, a family feud or a messy divorce, a disaffected employee or a vengeful neighbour. You decide to resort to Social Media “to tell the truth” about your nemesis. You feel totally safe doing so – after all, our Constitution protects our…

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Feathered Friend Update: Rumpole the Hooded vulture.

Austen Smith are proud supporters of a Hooded Vulture at the African Bird of Prey Sanctory, known as Rumpole.  We have been sending financial support for Rumpole since 2015, and will continue to do so.  We strongly encourage all those reading this, to please support the African Bird of Pray Sanctuary by visiting them, you…

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