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    Posted by Lorna O'Brien on 09 September 2015

    LABOUR COURT: HUGE VICTORY FOR THE TES INDUSTRY – RELIEF FOR BUSINESS The “deeming” clause clarity: the TES is the employer The decision by the Labour Court on the interpretation of the newly amended Labour Relations Act on Tuesday, 8 September 2015 - ‘test’ case: Assign Services v CCMA and others - has brought optimism for stability to businesses, temporary workers and the Temporary Employment Services (TES) industry who have witnessed job losses and the folding of businesses during this time of uncertainty. This is according to the Vice President of the Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO), KC Makhubele who notes that all parties now have hope of ensuring the continuation of business and improving job opportunities moving forward. He says, “The uncertainty experienced in the market related to who – the TES organisation or the client employer – is ‘deemed’ to be the employer of TES employees earning less than the earnings threshold (currently R205 433.30 per annum) who have been placed at the client for more than 3 months.”

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  • How to bounce back after loosing your job.
    Posted by Lorna O'Brien on 12 February 2015

    How to bounce back after loosing your job. Everyone has a story of someone close to them who lost their job and fell into a deep depression or was never quite the same again. There’s no two ways about it: Losing your job is hard. Whether it has everything to do with your performance, or nothing at all, it’s still hard. Often people lose a lot more than their job when they are laid off … they lose a piece of who they were before. However, if you look at the “big picture” of job loss,you realize that success in life is measured far less by our opportunities than by how we respond to life’s setbacks and challenges. The challenge people in this situation face is how they handle not only the loss of their job, but the many emotions that can arise. These range from a sense of humiliation, failure and vulnerability, to anxiety, resentment and self-pity. Sure, losing your job can be a blow to your back pocket, but it’s often an even bigger blow to your ego and self-worth. Over the last few years, millions of people have found themselves involuntarily out of work—too often through no fault of their own. This year, many will again. How you respond in the wake of it is what will set you apart from others when it comes to finding a new job.

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