STATUTORY BEST PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

Companies with a motivated and satisfied workforce usually follow best practice in terms of work environment, management style and performance incentives. In terms of employment law, it is imperative that employers align with best practice requirements.

There are 18 Acts currently in place relating to employment law (as at the date of this article in August 2015). The main Acts are:
– Labour Relations Act.
– Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
– Employment Equity Act.
– Skills Development and Skills Development Levies Act.
– Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Use the following YES/NO checklist to avoid unnecessary risks and align with best practice in terms of employment legislation:

CHECKLIST

Display of employment related Acts:
– Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
– Occupational Health and Safety Act.
– Employment Equity Act.
– Skills Development Act.

Contracts of employment (aligned to legislation and sectoral agreements).

Organisational handbook / policies and procedures to cover operational requirements of business and include:
– Smoking policy.
– Disclosure (whistle-blower) policy.
– Electronic equipment usage policy.
– Equity policy.
– Sexual harassment policy.
– Health and safety policy and procedure.

Disciplinary policy (including corrective action).

Grievance policy.

Payslips to be issued reflecting earnings and deductions.

Employment records (for three years including statutory payments).

Attendance register.

First Aid box with a trained first aid employee.

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