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Labour Lawyers Looking Out For Your Rights

Many employers have had to seek out the services of reputable labour lawyers for various employment related issues, such as unfair dismissal cases, sexual harassment claims, breach of contract, human rights violations or various other employment rights issues.
It is imperative that employers know what the rights of employees are and that they treat them accordingly.
An employee is generally assumed to be under the control or direction of an individual who is either the employer or who works for an employer.
From a more basic employment perspective, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) states that:
- A summary of the BCEA should be kept and displayed at every workplace and employees should be informed of their rights in one of South Africa's official languages.
- Records such as wage and attendance registers should be kept by employers. These are subject to inspection by a labour inspector.
- Particulars of job description and expectations should be given to the employee in writing.
- Employees have a right to receive a certificate of service.
- Employee rights must be displayed at the workplace in the majority language at the workplace and in the required form.
- Records should be kept for three years, from the date of the last entry. These records must include the employee's name and occupation, time worked, remuneration paid to the employee and their date of birth if they are younger than 18.
- Employees are entitled to a payslip containing the employee and employer names and addresses, the period for which the payment is made, the employee's occupation, the actual amount paid and the amount and purpose of any deduction made from the remuneration.
- Employee deductions must be made correctly and fairly where applicable - for example, if an employee agrees in writing to repay a debt to the employer by regular salary-deducted instalments. However, if the debt is deemed to have been incurred because of loss or damage to the employer, it may be necessary to seek advice on whether any debt has actually been incurred.
As an employer, keeping your side clean is imperative, however, sometimes there are instances where incidents occur that are outside one's control and the professional services of labour lawyers need to be enlisted. Ensure that you approach a reputable law firm who has specialized experience in this field and will provide the best possible advice and support available.
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