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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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  • Amendments to the Labour Relations Act in light of Temporary Employment Services
    Posted by Abi Dales on 27 January 2015

    On 01 January 2015 the Labour Relations Amendment Act (No.6 of 2014) (LRAA) came into effect. The LRAA signals an attempt by government to broaden the scope of employee rights and protections under the law specifically seeking to formalise traditionally informal employment structures. It is significant that many of the new amendments to the LRAA relate to those employees employed through a Temporary Employment Service (TES). It is noteworthy that such protections are limited to those employees who earn below the current statutory threshold which is currently set at R205 433.30.

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