Running a business is empowering and at the same time extremely challenging. Managers need to think of and supervise so many things at the same time, all the while looking ahead and steering the business in the right direction towards the future. During all this, employee relations seem to fall through the cracks a bit. Managers and human capital practitioners are often more focussed on finding and keeping talent and not always up to date on employment law principles and compliance.
As a result of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), which is responsible for resolving problems between employees and employers, is busier than ever. The Commission received more than 6000 referrals regarding wage disputes in the first four months of 2019 alone. These referrals are directly related to changes in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act as well as the National Minimum Wage Act.
Putting the right foot forward when approaching any employee-related action, whether it be a warning, disciplinary hearing or dismissal, is daunting, to say the least. An action that might seem justified at the time could cost you dearly in the end. Labour Law is also constantly changing and adapting as the years go by and staying abreast of these amendments is a full-time occupation. While few businesses can afford to employ a Labour Law expert full time, all businesses should make employment law principles and compliance a priority. Why? Because it means:
The above sounds logical enough, but the problem remains: How do managers and human capital practitioners follow the law and adhere to their employees’ rights in a less time-consuming and tedious manner?
MWare has recently partnered with ERGuide to address this particular issue. ERGuide is a country-specific, comprehensive guide on employee relationship management. From employment law principles and compliance to advice on disciplinaries and dismissals all the way through to incapacity and poor performance management – everything is covered via easy to read, practical guides. ERGuide is accessible via any internet enabled device, allowing a manager to comply with Labour Law Acts at any time, from anywhere.