Free CCMA Web Tool Makes Labour Relations Easy
The CCMA and BUSA have developed an online tool to help you hire and manage your team, and to answer all your questions about South African labour law.
When it comes to your small business, your staff are everything. Without them, you simply wouldn’t be able to offer your services to your clients, make and distribute your products, or ensure that your company’s day-to-day admin flows smoothly. But managing your team – and growing it – is no easy feat. For many small businesses owners, South Africa’s labour law and labour relations processes are a major stumbling block. Fortunately, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) have developed a new online tool to help you.
This free, web-based tool was born out of research that BUSA conducted in 2015 and 2016. It found that many small businesses battle so much with labour law that it affects their hiring decisions. Many of them also aren’t compliant with South African labour law because they don’t have legal advice to help them figure out the ins and outs of labour relations. This leads to disputes – many disputes. In fact, the CCMA estimates that small businesses are responsible for about 80% of the dispute cases that come before it. If you want to grow your business, and want to have as little to do with the CCMA as possible, then this is the tool for you:
A host of handy features
The tool is divided into three useful sections:
- Recruiting and appointing employees and contractors
- Managing them while they work for you
- Ending their employment fairly
Each section gives you all the information you need to know about your obligations in terms of South African labour law. Importantly, it includes all the recent amendments to the Employment Law (and, within it, the National Minimum Wage Act), that you need to know about.
The pages are jam-packed with info sheets, how-to guides, checklists and ready-to-use templates that will help you negotiate a range of tricky employee-related situations. Looking for clear descriptions on the difference between permanent and fixed-term contracts? There’s a table for that. Struggling to deal with employee conflict? There’s a step-by-step guide for that. Confused about how to address unprotected strike action? There’s a clear list of legal procedures for that process. What’s more, the tool has been written in easy to read English, rather than complicated legal speak.
Helping small businesses grow
The CCMA’s tool is specifically aimed at small businesses so that you can avoid unnecessary expenses, navigate various regulations, and create a safe and happy working environment that is compliant with South Africa’s labour laws. It’s also been developed with the National Development Plan in mind, which aims to have 90% of all new jobs come out of small businesses in the future. If your business is going to be part of this exciting reality, you need to ensure that you’re hiring and managing your people properly, every step of the way.
Of course, hiring and managing a team goes hand-in-hand with protecting them from life’s eventualities. At Simply, we like the CCMA’s tool because it’s clear and easy to understand – just like our approach to insurance. With our group cover policy, you can protect your entire team with a few simple clicks. Just ask us for a quote, and we’ll provide you with life cover, occupational disability cover and funeral cover to protect those who matter most to your business.
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