Paternity Leave, Surrogacy and Adoption Leave Explained
The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), section 27 thereof, provides for three days’ family responsibility leave for employees when their child is born. Should they require more time they have the option of taking annual leave, in addition to their three days’ family responsibility leave entitlement (per leave cycle). The family responsibility leave for when a child is born, however, is only applicable to employees who have been employed for at least 4 months and who work at least 4 days a week for the same employer. The BCEA currently does not make any provision for paternity leave as such, neither does it make provision for leave in cases of adoption or surrogacy.
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National Minimum Wage
November 2017 has seen some exciting developments regarding the National Minimum Wage. Cabinet has approved the National Minimum Wage Bill, Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill as well as the Labour Relations Amendment Bill. The Bills have been Gazetted, and open for public comment before being signed off by the President.
The Minister of Labour will establish a new commission to review the National Minimum Wage (NMW), said Department of Labour Director: Employment Standards, Stephen Rathai on Friday at the Tropicana Hotel in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
Rathai said the Minister of Labour will establish a new commission that will take over the functions of the Employment Conditions Commission as far as the expected annual adjustment of the national minimum wage is concerned.
“The Commission will comprise of three members each from labour, business and community, an independent Chairperson as well as three independent experts whereas the Department of Labour will provide the secretariat“, he said.
Rathai was addressing the Department briefing session on the implementation of the NMW and amendments to labour legislation.
Employee Payslips are formal confirmation that employers are legally bound to provide to an employee at the end of a pay period, which details the amount of pay accrued to the employee for the period, any company specific deductions and contributions, any obligatory statutory deductions and of course the tax that was due on those earnings for that period.
Employers must be reminded that employee payslips are a legal requirement when it comes to the provision of an actual payslip and even more importantly, what needs to be visible in the payslip.
It’s long been accepted that the healthier an employee is the better it is for them and their employer. Access to good healthcare is crucial to remaining in good health, which is why there have been so many efforts over the past several years – including by the government – to encourage people to enroll in a medical aid scheme.
The costs of doing do are often a sticking point for the average person though. Medical aid schemes are not always easy for the average South African worker to justify adding to their monthly expenses and while these schemes are becoming more affordable they often can’t be described as cheap.