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We consider how employers can step in around GBV, and avoid inadvertent discrimination against women, while employees should steer clear of sick leave abuse
The pervasive scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) is something employers can help tackle. We consider the options for employers, from active prevention in the workplace to awareness and training.
Women globally spend 76.2% of their time on unpaid care work, nearly three times as much as men. It is important for employers to consider whether working hours discriminate indirectly against women on grounds such as children, or their gender and marital status.
SA benefits enormously from the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), one of 36 African countries to do so. With the next review date due in 2025, exporters should prudently create more resilient businesses and diversify their portfolios, as continued renewal of this benefit cannot be relied on indefinitely.
There is an appreciation of the benefit of taking care of sick workers but recently the courts have come down decisively on the side of showing no tolerance for sick leave abuse. Where employees advise employers that they are not fit enough to come to work, but then participate in other activities, their conduct is seen as dishonest and warranting dismissal.
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