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. 20 January, 2017 – Childline KZN South Africa reports an increase of bullying at schools, with their operations manager Adeshini Naicker calling for stricter penalties against bullies. Are penalties really the best way to change a societal behaviour? How do we change a bully’s behaviour? How do we do it in…Read more More peacemakers, fewer pacemakers: how to kill bullying at school and work
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
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. As a working parent in South Africa, you are entitled to 3 days of paid family responsibility leave (depending). If you are a single parent, you pray your child will never get the Measles. If you are a single mother, it may be even worse due to the fact that…Read more Single working parents: double the burden, half the benefits
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. She has been sitting in the shade of the papaya tree for almost an hour when I walked up to her. I sat down, and in typical New Guinean fashion, we didn't start speaking immediately, but first felt each other's presence. We greeted each other, and I asked what she was…Read more Reduce conflict through processes: start, end, repeat, improve, share
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. Only 2% of us who are blind can read braille. There are 285 Million of us who are visually impaired - that is of 4% of the 2014 world population. So, while making your workplace documentations available in braille, does not mean you have created a disability-friendly environment. This for two…Read more Why we need to create an enabled workplace
This blog is not another blog about Labour Law. It's not about dismissals, CCMA arbitrations and Labour Court judgments. It's not about misconduct, disciplinary hearings and written warnings. It is all about how we can create a workplace that prevents conflict in the first place. Not by suppressing it, or turning a blind eye. But…Read more About