Yes! You can deduct money from negligent employees!

Dear employer,

Picture this... Your driver Tim skips a red robot to get to your supplier before they close on Friday and collides with another car. What a mess!

This minor mishap is going to cost your company R5 000 in insurance excess and a traffic fine of R1 500!

That’s a total of R6 500 you have to pay because of damages your employee caused.

But this isn’t the first time Tim’s cost your company money.

While you let the other time slide because he was new on the job... This time, you want him to take responsibility for his mistake and he agrees that he’ll pay back the money.

After three months, you’re still waiting for payment.

So how do you go about actually retrieving the R6 500 he owes you?

Do you write that R6 500 off as a financial loss?

No! You deduct it from his salary!

And today, we’ll show you how to do it 100% legally...

Make your employee pay for his mistake!

If it’s not your mistake, why should your company pay for it?

Don’t seem fair, does it?

And that’s why most employees think the obvious thing to do is just deduct the amount Tim owes from his salary.

But it’s not that easy!

In fact, if you don’t deduct the amount correctly, you’ll not only pay for his mistake, you’ll pay for yours too – at the CCMA!

You see, as an employer there are deductions you can make and then there are deductions you can't. And it’s your responsibility to follow the correct rules and procedures to make sure you get it right.

If you don’t and your employee disputes this deduction, you'll land up at the CCMA. And you WILL lose!

Don’t believe me?

Just take a look at the outcome of the Botha v British American Tobacco SA (Pty) Ltd case 

This case shows your right to make any deductions has limits.

In this case, Ms Botha was a trade marketing representative for British American Tobacco SA (BAT).

She put in her resignation with one month’s notice. And during this period, she wasn’t allowed to withdraw stock from the National Tobacco Distributors (NTD) without paying for it. She also didn’t have permission to open an account with NTD in her own name.

But, she did open an account with the NTD during her notice period and withdrew stock.

Although they didn’t have to, BAT paid the outstanding amount to the NTD. They then deducted this amount from the leave pay they owed Ms Botha.

She referred a claim to the CCMA!

The Commissioner ruled that the deduction contravened the Basic Conditions of Employment Act because Ms Botha hadn’t given BAT written permission to make this deduction.

He also said BAT couldn’t offset the amount on her salary in terms of the common law.

In fact, he told them that if BAT wanted their money back, they would have to take it to court because they didn’t have a written agreement.

Because of one false move, not only did BAT land up paying for Ms Botha’s stock withdrawals, they also had to pay for her legal fees too!

But we’re here to make sure a mistake like this doesn’t happen to you!

Make deductions for financial losses simple

Here at FSP Business, we’ve been helping thousands of businesses with HR, labour, Vat, and Tax compliance for over 11 years...

And lately, our Labour and HR club’s received hundreds of questions about how to deduct losses from employees.

For example, Marlene desperately wanted to know the legally correct procedure for the following scenario:

“I have a contract worker, based at my client. After the Christmas party last year he vomited in the very expensive Mercedes that was hired for the event. The rental company cleaned the vehicle at a cost of R2 400. He now refuses to pay. The client wants me to deduct this amount from his salary at month end. His basic salary is R16 000 + overtime. Can I deduct the money?”

What if a similar situation happened in your company? Would you know if you can deduct this amount from your employee’s salary?

The truth is, knowing what you can or can’t deduct from your employee’s salary can be confusing...

That’s why we’ve teamed up with three leading labour law experts to bring you The Labour Law for Managers Handbook. A full service that puts all your deduction questions, as well as HR and labour related problems, to rest.

Let me introduce three of our experts to you...

First up is Lizle Louw. She’s one of the main contributors of Labour Law for Managers and is an attorney who specialises in employment law. And she’s done so for the past decade.

Big companies such as ABSA, ADT Security and Capitec Bank follow the advice Lizle gives her Labour Law for Managers users for answers to all their labour law questions.

Then there’s Nichola Wainwright. She’s a contributing writer to the Practical Guide to Human Resources where she provides over 12 000 companies with HR advice.

She also heads up the Department for the Human Resources Division at one of South Africa’s leading organisations where she deals with deductions and HR enquiries on a daily basis.

Finally, we have Helen Wilsenach. She’s also a contributing writer to the Practical Guide to Human Resources. Helen’s an attorney in the Employment Law Department at Bowman Gilfillan Attorney – one of the leading corporate and commercial law firms in Africa.

With their knowledge at your fingertips, you’ll know exactly when and how to legally deduct money from your employee’s salary.

Legally deduct money from negligent employees’ salary starting today

In The Labour Law for Managers Handbook, we’ll show you:
You’ll always know what you can make your employees pay for when an incident causes damage or loss.

Put all your deduction headaches to rest with The Labour Law for Managers Practical Handbook

If you order your copy of The Labour Law for Managers Practical Handbook today, we’ll also give you five deduction sample forms to help make employee salary deductions even easier.  

You’ll get:

If an employee walks into your office in the next five minutes and asks for a staff loan or if your cashier can’t account for a shortage of R1 500 on her till today, you’ll have all the necessary documents at hand to start the process legally.

Hurry and order your copy of The Labour Law for Managers today.


What information will you find in the Labour Law for Managers Practical Handbook?

Here are just SOME of the other topics and issues covered in the Handbook!

All tips, recommendations and information in the Labour Law for Managers Practical Handbook are 100% legal, and checked by two independent consultants.
In each case you'll receive:

Our Panel of Experts

Lizle Louw - Contributor

Head of Employment Law at ENSAfrica
Lizle is an admitted attorney and conveyancerLizle specialises in employment law, occupational safety and mine health and safety. She acts for a diverse range of clients in the mining and retail industries. Lizle’s general practice includes litigation in the CCMA, Bargaining Councils, Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court, drafting of employment and safety related policies and training of line managers on all employment related matters. 

Lizle holds the following qualifications: BComm Law (University of Johannesburg) LLB (University of Johannesburg) Certificate in International Criminal Law (University of Antwerp)

Taryn Strugnell - Managing Editor

Senior Product Manager
Taryn networks with the top labour, HR and employment equity specialists in the industry every day. She gets all the inside information on what’s happening with labour law changes and makes sure you’re the first to know what’s happening in the world of labour laws. Her sole purpose is to consult with her clients, giving them tips, tools and case law studies to make sure you’re in the loop with labour law changes and every day employee problems you might encounter.
And because of all of this, and her access to the best of the best in the labour and HR realm, she really should be the first name that pops into mind when dealing with employee and labour problems. 

Kirstin van Bever Donker 

Independent Consultant
Kirstin’s career began in early 2005 when, after moving to South Africa from Australia, she joined Guy & Associates, a firm specialising in employment law and industrial relations. In 2007 Kirstin and her family moved to the United States of America. Having always been a strong believer in the power of having a diverse skill set and being a lover of mathematics and physics, Kirstin used her time in the USA to cultivate these skills completing graduate qualifications in both disciplines. She now consults independently on labour and HR matters in South Africa.

Wouter Van Heerden 

Independent Consultant
Wouter has a B.Com Honours Degree, Labour Relations. Previously he worked for a well-known Employers Organisation in North West where he gained valuable experience in all aspects of HR and Labour Law.
He currently works for a national company as HR Manager – and handles BBBEE, Skills development, all IR related matters, Performance Management, Payroll Control and supervision, Wellness, Employment Equity, SHEQ Issues, Recruitment, Operational Issues.
Ulrich Stander
Managing partner, co-founder and director of Maserumule Consulting
After working for some time in a senior legal position in the corporate environment, Ulrich commenced practice as an employment law and employment relations lawyer. He has participated in various sessions on the Harvard Law School Negotiation Programme.

Ulrich co- authored a book on employment law in practice and occasionally presents guest lectures on employment law and employee relations programmes at the Stellenbosch University Graduate School of Business.

Marleen Potgieter

Managing Director at Equity Works
Marleen assisted in the drafting of the Employment Equity Act and her specialties include employment structures in the workplace, mediation and dispute management.

As an HR Consultant, Marleen’s focus is to facilitate and enhance relationships between different groups. She specialises in conflict management, with specific focus on best practices to overcome the challenge of resistance from employee when it comes to EE implementation.

Johria van den Bergh
Admitted advocate 
Johria has been involved in labour litigation for more than 11 years at the Labour Court, the CCMA, the MEIBC and the GPSSBC. She has assisted companies and small businesses in re-evaluating their disciplinary codes, disciplinary procedures and training the staff in the proper application of the disciplinary process especially in light of the new decision in favour of the CCMA, a proper application of the disciplinary process has become a matter of cardinal importance.

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