Current legislation sets out various regulations that companies must be adhered to in order to ensure compliance with Labour Relations Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Employment Equity Act, Skills Development and Skills Development levies Act and so on.
As a result it is essential to ensure
- Your managers and supervisors understand and have a thorough working knowledge of your company specific policies, procedures, disciplinary process, grievance policy and the various codes of conduct.
- Your managers are in fact complying with, are enforcing and applying the various policies as applicable.
- Your managers and supervisors know how to administer the disciplinary process and procedures fairly (both in terms of procedure and substance) and in accordance with your company specific policy.
- Your employees are all familiar with the company specific code of conduct, disciplinary policy and procedure, grievance policy, the various other policies and procedure. It is not sufficient for employees to have received copies of the various policies and procedures – your company must ensure they understand these policies and procedures and in addition receive training to ensure common understanding. In other words, all employees must understand policies and procedures etc., the same way you do.
- In terms of legislation (EE and SD Acts), if you are a designated employer you must establish a Skills Development Forum and an Employment Equity Forum and the members must be trained in terms of their functions, duties and responsibilities
- Last but not least – All of your policies and procedures need to be reviewed regularly and kept up to date in order to comply with changing legislation
Many companies fail to meet these requirements leading to unnecessary labour and or CCMA action which are both costly and time consuming. The problem is compounded by the fact that some of the legislation has changed or is likely to change in the near future.
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