Self-help web tool that demystifies labour relations

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When starting a small business getting an in-house labour law expert to help you with the complex burden of hiring and managing employees often doesn’t seem possible. Many small businesses in the country do not have the financial resources to tackle this challenge.

As a way of helping out, the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) have collaborated to launch a free-to-use web tool dedicated to help smaller businesses with labour relations processes and matters.

The joint CCMA-BUSA Web Tool has up-to-date information, including the recent amendments to Employment Law that factor the National Minimum Wage Act, as well as contract templates, information sheets and guides on labour law requirements.

Small business owners can use the user-friendly web tool to source information about how to recruit, how to manage employees and build sound workplace relationships, how to end the employment relationship in a fair manner and much more.

The free-of-charge web tool is targeted at small businesses, but is generally accessible to the public. It provides step-by-step guidance on employment law compliance requirements and minimises the need to find and pay consultants or labour lawyers for basic industrial relations processes.

The web tool can be accessed on: www.smelaboursupport.co.za

Web tool main sections:
How to recruit, select, appoint and contract employees
How to manage employees during employment
How to end the employment relationship in a fair manner

Web tool covers:
Contracts of employment and basic conditions of employment for full-time, part-time and fixed-term contracts
Misconduct, incapacity and operational requirements processes and templates
Union representation and organisational rights steps
Strike or lockout steps and processes

– Seithati Semenokane
seithati@centralmediagroup.co.za