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PARENTAL LEAVE (Paternity leave, Adoption leave and Surrogacy leave)

Dec 31, 2019
 

 

[UPDATE: In terms of GGR 42925 of 23 December 2019, all categories of parental leave are in operation from 1 January 2020, by way of an amendment to section 25 of the BCEA.]

These new categories of leave have been introduced during 2019, to make provision for longer paternity leave, but also specifically for parents in non-traditional relationships; or who may be adopting or have surrogacy arrangement.

All of this leave is unpaid (just like maternity leave), unless the employer has a policy to provide for (part-) payment during these periods of leave, or it is governed by a Collective Agreement. The parents can however claim UIF benefits, subject to certain conditions.

Where an employee is one of two parents who both qualify for adoption leave or commissioning surrogacy leave, not both of them will be able to apply for or claim UIF benefits for that type of leave. The parent who does not take the adoption- or surrogacy leave, will be eligible for parental...

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How to determine the reason for poor work performance

Nov 11, 2019
 

 

Employers often experience frustration and a sense of helplessness if the work does not get done as expected, because one or more employees simply fail to do their part. They take chances, or are absent often, or have excuses for everything. 

Dealing with poor work performance is something most managers try to avoid. There is bound to be conflict, and they don't know where to start or simply don't have the time. Some managers just decide to live with the situation, whilst others try to find shortcuts around it.  The type of questions I am often asked, will probably sound all too familiar........

An employer is entitled to expect its employees to perform their duties at a reasonable standard and if this does not happen, has the right (and duty) to take definitive action. If you are aware of a problem in your department or business and don't do something about it sooner rather than later, you will end up having to do a lot of damage control later...

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