LABOUR LAW

Discipline and Dismissal – Labour Law for Supervisors

Key Information

  • Target Audience:  Supervisors responsible for day to day discipline
  • Contact Training:  3 days

Overview

Our objective is to create a competent and safe pair of hands to manage day-to-day HR/IR issues.  As the interface between the company and its employees, frontline supervision has unique responsibilities and challenges. Our experience has been that because HR/IR is seen as a ‘big ticket’ issue supervisors tend to fight shy and abdicate their responsibility. We want to create a self-assured level of supervisors who are also alert to the fact that they will from time to time come across potentially far more serious issues for the company and to know when and how to escalate these matters rapidly up the line before a problem results that is far more serious than everyday matters. This is a 3-day session for supervisors focusing on the nuts and bolts of discipline and dismissal as well as performance management, placed firmly in the context of understanding the employment relationship.

Discipline and Dismissal – Labour Law for Managers

Key Information

  • Target Audience:  Managers responsible for day to day HR/ER issues
  • Contact Training:  3 days

Overview

Managers need a better familiarity and greater confidence when it comes to those aspects of labour law that they have to apply and make decisions on daily.  When taught as basic principles – and coupled with Andrew Levy’s proven decision-making methodology honed over forty years – we find that delegates of this course are able to manage, and to assist their direct reports in aspects of performance and discipline, creating a more productive workplace. The course approaches labour law through the basic legal principles such as ‘hear the other side’, the doctrine of unfair enrichment, the he/she who alleges must prove rule, and similar concepts, which are the basis of all law, but more importantly, are common sense.  Through an understanding of how these principles apply in the work situation, we are able to present labour law as an understandable and logical system, rather than portraying it as a complex set of illogical ideas.  When matched to an understanding of the common law obligations of the employee, we are able to create a sound working knowledge, and familiarity with the application of those aspects of labour law, which are the basis of all managerial positions.

Discipline and Dismissal – Labour Law for Shop Stewards

Key Information

  • Target Audience:  Shop Stewards
  • Contact Training:  3 days

Overview

A 3-day intensive training programme covering an introduction to the history of trade unionism and the important role of unions, the role of the shop steward, the role of management and the expectations of both parties. The course incorporates an Introduction to Labour Law,
 contextualising and demystifying labour law so as to make it a tool and not a means of enslavement, Employers’ & Employees’ rights at work to understand the employment relationship, an overview of disciplinary procedures and hearings, and finally collective issues and the new Code of Good Practice – Industrial Action, Collective Bargaining and Picketing, encompassing the Labour Relations Act and the CCMA’s Guidelines on Misconduct Arbitrations. This programme can also be run as a joint union and management session as this typically enhances mutual understanding and eases working relationships.

Initiating Disciplinary Hearings

Key Information

  • Target Audience:  Managers directly responsible for initiating disciplinary hearings
  • Contact Training:  3 days

Overview

This intensive 3 day training programme focuses on the nuts and bolts of the dismissal process. Designed for managers who initiate disciplinary hearings, the focus is on the foundation of fairness; procedural parameters; substantive snares; initiating the hearing as well as giving practical advice on some common problems and their solutions. The training starts with our unique methodology of how success can only follow from proper charging. We teach our charging method to eliminate a management own-goal.  With the correct approach to the starting process of the hearing, the rest falls into place, through the collection of relevant evidence, the framing of the argument and the successful result.

Chairing Disciplinary Hearings

Key Information

  • Target Audience: Managers directly responsible for chairing disciplinary hearings
  • Contact Training: 3 day intensive training programme

Overview

This intensive training programme has been designed for managers who chair hearings or advise on how they should be run, the focus is on the foundation of fairness; procedural parameters; substantive snares; holding the hearing as well as giving practical advice on some common problems and their solutions. The training programme includes a special section on understanding the collection, use and important role of evidence – which determines whether a matter sinks or swims.  The final day is focused on a mock hearing where delegates have an opportunity to apply their newly honed skills and build confidence.

Incapacity and Poor Work Performance, including Capacity and Disability

Key Information

  • Target Audience:   Supervisors and managers
  • Contact Training:  2 days

Overview

Dismissals for Poor Performance are hotly contested, awkward and difficult to handle due to the human factor, employee rivalry, lack of performance standards, subjectivity of management and the enormous potential for workplace conflict. Learn to conclude the process with cool professional detachment. We present our unique approach to the management of performance, using our conceptual tool,the spectrum of performance’, which we teach and focus on as a means of identifying and managing the marginal employee, so that he/she either improves and becomes satisfactory, or a case for exit is prepared.

HR/IR Bootcamp

Key Information

  • Target Audience:  Managers and HR/IR professionals
  • Contact Training:  5 day residential programme

Overview

Our objective is to produce a competent and self-assured HR/IR generalist but also one who understands their own limitations as well as issues which have potential for rapid escalation and pose a far more significant threat to the Company. An intensive 5 day residential session for the HR fraternity in which we present problems that the HR team deal with far away from the classroom lecture method and reflecting the real day to day pressures of managing HR/IR in the context of a dynamic business setting. We emphasise the ability to accurately and quickly identify and label the nature of the particular challenge as a starting point in managing it effectively. We introduce our tried and tested, simple but effective IR problem solving methodology to ensure that the delegates are able to adequately diagnose the problem and respond appropriately. We also teach the delegates how to locate the problem in the appropriate legal parameters and understand the limitations and opportunities offered by the law.