Don’t get caught in an unfair labour practices case. Implement this system to put a stop to this costly problem today

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 12 Dec. 2014

Tags: hr policies and procedures, policies and procedures, implementing hr policies and procedures

Every time the CCMA releases its stats, it says its case load is on the rise.

Interestingly, most of the cases that land up at the CCMA relate to unfair labour practices.

As you know, unfair labour practice cases occur when employers aren’t fair and consistent when it comes to discipline, performance issues or grievances.

And the danger with these cases is they come at a huge cost. Employers pay thousands in legal fees and compensation if they lose.

But this doesn’t have to be your fate.

You can easily avoid being caught up in an unfair labour practices case by implementing this one system…

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The ONLY way to seamlessly protect your business from being dragged to the CCMA every time you have an employee problem is to have a comprehensive HR Policy Manual in place.


Implement this one system to avoid an unfair labour practices case

You must implement an HR policy and procedure system in your business to avoid an unfair labour practices case, says the HR Policies and Procedures Manual.
It gives you:

  • The guidelines to effectively deal with any disciplinary or performance problem; and
  • A well thought-out way to deal with issues employees raise – leaving less room for problems to soar.
It also:
  • Makes sure you comply with your obligations to act in a fair and consistent manner;
  • Helps you comply with the relevant labour laws; and
  • Makes sure your staff is clear about what you expect from them. And the consequences that follow if they breach your policies and procedures.
Basically, with the right HR policies and procedures, no one will be able to accuse you of unfair labour practices. And if they do, you can point them to your HR policies and procedures. And tell them every action you take is above board.

So what kind of HR policies and procedures must you have?

The HR Policies and Procedures Manual says the policies and procedures you implement depends on the size and nature of your business.
It adds that “some are so important any business must deal with the issue even if in a very short simple policy.”
Also bear in mind that HR policies and procedures aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. In this article, we explain that you must tailor your HR policies and procedures to be relevant to your workplace. If you don’t, they won’t achieve their objectives.
To be on the safe side and cover all your bases, take a look at the HR Policies and Procedures Manual. It has not 10 or 35, but, 50 HR policies and procedures you can’t run your company without. It also has the pros and cons of including and not including your policies and procedures as part of your employment contracts and so much more.

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