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29
Mar

Who Gets the House on Divorce?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News – Family Law Divorce Who Gets the House on Divorce? “I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house” (seven-times-divorced actress Zsa Zsa Gabor) Historically 44% of South African marriages have ended in divorce, and there has reportedly been a 20% surge in new divorce applications since lockdown.
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29
Mar

Can an Employee Who Refuses Vaccination be Fired?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Labour Law Vaccination Can an Employee Who Refuses Vaccination be Fired? “This virus is unprecedented in our lifetime and requires an unprecedented response” (António Guterres, UN Secretary-General) Most of us will celebrate the day we are offered a COVID-19 vaccination, but here in South Africa as overseas it seems inevitable that a significant
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29
Mar

When Company Directors and Shareholders Come to Blows….

Article courtesy of Law Dot News – When Company Directors & Shareholders  Come to Blows | Company Law When Company Directors and Shareholders Come to Blows... “…the mere exercise of majority shareholding voting rights does not amount to oppression…” (extract from judgment below) What happens when a company’s directors and shareholders fall out and cannot reconcile their differences? “Relief from
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29
Mar

Domestic Workers and Employers: The New Injury and Illness Cover Explained

“Domestic employees” are now covered under the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) and will now be entitled for compensation from the Compensation Fund in the event they are injured or contract diseases while on duty. The new benefits Note: The benefits set out below are recorded in summary only and awards are subject to conditions and to

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29
Mar

Your Website of the Month: Train Your Brain to Unlock Creativity and Innovation

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” (Albert Einstein) Continually nurturing creativity and innovation in your business is not just a profit driver, for most businesses it’s a matter of survival – there is always a disruptor or two in the wings just waiting for you to stagnate and fall behind.  But as Dr Srini Pillay (a South African-born, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, brain

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24
Feb

Buying and Selling Property: Nine Important Questions

“Owning a home is a keystone of wealth… both financial affluence and emotional security” (Personal Finance Expert Suze Orman) When you buy or sell your “Home Sweet Home”, particularly for the first time, the process can seem complicated, the terminology confusing, and the risks of making a costly mistake intimidating. You are after all dealing with quite possibly your most

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24
Feb

Can Employees Resign to Dodge Disciplinary Hearings?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News – Debit Recovery & Litigation | Labour Law Can Employees Resign to Dodge Disciplinary Hearings? “…an employee who gives short notice in violation of the contract … may be obliged to serve out the notice period” (Quoted in the judgment below) It’s an age-old workplace dodge – threatened with a disciplinary hearing and fearing
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24
Feb

Landlords: Can You Cut Electricity to Collect Arrears or Evict?

“It is a fundamental principle that no man is allowed to take the law into his own hands” (Transvaal Supreme Court, 1906) Landlords can be sorely tempted to force defaulting tenants to settle their arrears (or to vacate the premises altogether) with a bit of instant “self-help” by cutting electricity or water supplies, or perhaps by changing locks or disabling

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24
Feb

New National Minimum Wage and Earnings Thresholds From 1 March 2021

Article courtesy of Law Dot News – Debit Recovery & Litigation | Employment Law New National Minimum Wage and Earnings Thresholds From 1 March 2021 (N.B. The increases highlighted below are extracted from the Employment and Labour Minister’s announcement of 9 February 2021, and emphasis has been supplied where helpful in enabling quick identification of your employment sector. Comment is
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24
Feb

Your Website of the Month: From Scenarios to Strategy – Use Business “Wind Tunneling”

Now more than ever before, scenario planning is essential for the success of your business. But of course the next step in the process is just as critical – you need to create an actual business strategy based on your scenario planning. It’s a process that can be both quick and simple. As the author of “From Scenarios to Strategy:

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