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Free labour advice mobile app launched for small South African businesses

A free-to-use Labour advice mobile application (App) aimed at offering practical labour-related guidance and support to South African small businesses and other interested people has been launched.

The App was launched by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in collaboration with Business Unity South Africa (BUSA).

In a joint statement, they said the App aimed to give effect to the priorities enlisted in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, specifically the need to “increase employment through faster economic growth” and “to improve the quality of education, skills development and innovation”.

It said the labour advice mobile app was an extension of the CCMA BUSA Labour advice web tool for Small Business, which is a Priority Presidential Project and launched on January 29, 2019.

“The deployment of the Labour advice mobile app gives effect to the CCMA’s proactive stance to support both employers and employees in their pursuit towards upholding the right to fair labour practices within South Africa,” said the statement.

In accordance with BUSA’s mandate, the statement said this initiative aimed to facilitate and support the NDP objectives of decent work, economic growth, employment creation and enabling small businesses to manage workplace relations effectively in order to contribute towards labour stability as well as a productive workforce.

The user-friendly Mobile App, downloadable from Apple App Store and Google Play or via this link https://smelaboursupport.org.za, allows businesses and other interested persons, to access a repository of employment law resources such as employment contract templates; information on CCMA processes; CCMA information sheets and infographics.

The App also has guidelines on:

  • Recruitment and how to manage the employment relationship in terms of the law; procedural guidance on fair disciplinary and incapacity procedures;
  • Information on how to terminate employment contracts in a way that respects the rights of both parties;
  • Access to important up-to-date resources on the effective and compliant management of Covid-19 in the workplace.

“It is envisioned that the CCMA BUSA Labour Advice Mobile App will go a long way towards facilitating sound labour relations and practices, supporting and capacitating start-up businesses, and in stimulating confidence in the fair application of labour legislation,” said the statement.

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