Beware of your labour relations matters

Whether you are operating a small business or a large business, there are laws that regulate your relationship with employees. As an entrepreneur you need to be fully aware of these.

For those looking to get into business for the first time you need to acquaint yourself with the regulations of three bodies that regulate wages as well as the terms and conditions of employment.

These are the Sectoral Determination (SD), Wage Determination (WD) and Bargaining Council Agreement (BCA). You also need to take cognisance of the Basic Conditions of employment Act (BCEA) and Labour Relations Act as these supplement the three bodies.

All employees will fall under one or more of the above laws that regulate conditions of employment and you will need to ascertain which one applies to your business and your employees.

Furthermore, you need to know the role of an employer as well as the role of the CCMA. Employers often comment that our labour laws favour employees and they are provided with very little protection. This statement may sound harsh and maybe a little demoralising to aspiring entrepreneurs but you have to ask yourself how do business owners deal with this?

It starts by knowing what you are permitted and not permitted to do when dealing with staff. By doing things correctly you avoid engagements with the CCMA. These engagements are time consuming and can be very costly. If you are looking to start a business, it may be wise to consult labour experts and pay a visit to the labour department so as to avoid costly future hindrances