While the South African government is working on new sick leave rules during the Covid-19 epidemic, countless businesses from start-ups to corporate are faced with unprecedented challenges. Restaurants and bars have reduced business hours resulting in financial challenges, factory workers are laid off, domestic workers are told to stay at home, often without pay. The…Read more COVID-19: CAN I BE RETRENCHED, DISMISSED, DO I GET SICK LEAVE?
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. Being retrenched sucks. Everything comes to an abrupt halt. I was retrenched myself in my previous life. And unemployed. And in-between jobs, waiting. And I volunteered. And I freelanced. And I started my own business. What I’ve learned is that whatever happens, you need to keep moving. Someone famous once said,…Read more Retrenched. Now what?
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. How do you define your workplace? Is it the desk you plonk down at every morning, or is it standing next to a patient in a hospital bed, or perhaps the booting up of industrial machine? As an employer, is it the space that your employees share, one that can clearly…Read more Striving for workplace transformation beyond lip-service
Due to a high interest in my recent post which discusses Freelance/ Independent Contractor contracts and the definition of an employee, I asked an expert in labour law, Dr. Lukas du Preez, to discuss fixed term contracts in a South African context and from a legal perspective. Employers often ask me if it is still safe…Read more Can employers still issue fixed term employment contracts and use labour brokers?
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. A-typical work relationships that are entered into are usually all sunshine - until expectations are not met, contracts are ended and the parties involved face a legal dispute. It is standard practice to either have an employee contract or an independent contractor's contract that sets out the terms and conditions of the…Read more Freelancers – independent or employed? Piercing the corporate veil
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. Hiring managers are employees who not only manage an existing team, but also actively manage the hiring of new employees. While not all hiring managers source candidates and advertise vacancies themselves, they are certainly all involved in the selection of job applicants for interviews. They are key in conducting the interview and managing the…Read more 10 avoidable slip-ups hiring managers make
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. If you are expecting a baby, or if you are adopting one, you will be able to stay at home for an entire year, most likely on full pay, and raise your child. That is, if you live and work in Croatia. You don't even have to be the mom - as a…Read more Mothers are not the only ones who can raise children: let’s share parental leave
A workplace governed by rules only creates more conflict, disputes and fear. Values however instill growth, participation and a sense of community. A company handbook that explains the core values is one way to cement a value-driven workplace.