Archive for Oct 2018

TROUBLING TREND OF RACISM IN THE WORKPLACE

This article is a discussion of the case in which the constitutional court held that the word ‘boer’ was not in itself racist but that the context in which it was used could be, inappropriate and offensive. Employee’s dismissed for singing struggle songs about celebrating ‘hitting’ boers was found to be inappropriate but not dismissable. The…

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WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMEONE DIES

The inevitability of death doesn’t detract from the shock and distress that it brings to the grieving survivors, and much as we don’t like to plan for these things it will help at least a little to know what to do in practice after a death.   The formalities   There is unfortunately a lot…

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AGING EMPLOYEES: WHEN MUST THEY RETIRE?

“Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples” (Comedian George Burns) Record numbers of Baby Boomers are now reaching their 60s, and if you are an employer in any size of business (from the smallest family-owned enterprise to the largest corporate), make sure now that you have a policy in…

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DAGGA – JUST HOW LEGAL IS IT NOW?

The media has been awash with reports (sometimes conflicting, often vague) of what the recent Constitutional Court ruling actually means in practice. Whether you agree with the ruling or not, and whether or not you personally have ever had (or intend to have) anything to do with cannabis/marijuana/weed/dagga, we all need to be aware of…

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SELLING YOUR HOUSE: DISCLOSING DEFECTS

“Honesty is the best policy” (Benjamin Franklin) A recent High Court decision again confirms that when it comes to selling your house, honesty is indeed the best policy. Specifically, disclose all defects you know of to potential buyers, or risk expensive litigation and damages claims. Defects and Defences The buyers of a house, who had…

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