Retirement in the workplace

There is no legal requirement which stipulates retirement age, but the age generally accepted for retirement is 60 0r 65 years. When it comes to retirement, there are four situations you could face: You have an agreed age in place and the employee has reached this age. You adopt the retirement age of your retirement […]

Toets ‘n bakkie February 2014

  The bakkies of 2013 “Time flies when you are having fun” and as far as bakkies are concerned, 2013 was really a fun year! The year was full of upgrades, make-overs and also new bakkies! There were unfortunately no Luminas, but to compensate, there were a Trailblazer, a Ford 3,2 l Ranger and a […]

Amendments to the Main Collective Agreement

  We have now been informed that the amendments to the Agreement have been finalised and submitted to the Department of Labour for approval. The most important changes are summarised here. Wages The parties to the negotiations have concluded a three-year wage agreement as follows: 1 February 2014 to 31 January 2015: minimum wages to […]

Electrical tip: earth leakage circuit breakers

  The test button on earth leakage circuit breakers must be pushed regularly to ensure that the unit trips. Note that this test is intended to check whether the earth leakage unit is operating correctly, not to check its sensitivity. While overload circuit breakers are designed to protect the power distribution system, earth leakage devices […]

Highveld news

  I would like to welcome all our members back after the December break. I hope this year realises all your dreams and may your business see record growth! Please take note of the following meeting dates: Vaal: 4 March 2014; Wits: 12 March 2014; Highveld: 18 March 2014 and Northwest: 25 March 2014. We […]

Tax incentive to benefit young workers

  Government has introduced the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) Bill as an incentive to employ young, inexperienced workers, thereby providing young people with work experience and reducing the high levels of youth unemployment. This initiative will run from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2016. The tax incentive amount can be deducted from the total […]

The bakkies of 2013

  “Time flies when you are having fun” and as far as bakkies are concerned, 2013 was really a fun year! The year was full of upgrades, make-overs and also new bakkies! There were unfortunately no Luminas, but to compensate, there were a Trailblazer, a Ford 3,2 l Ranger and a report on the Monster […]

Case study: 2013 Installation of the Year

  At the recent 2013 ECA(SA) Presidential Excellence Award ceremony, Standard Electrical’s installation at the Alexander Forbes Building, Sandton, was voted Installation of the Year: Office Blocks. The Alexander Forbes building in the Sandton commercial centre has 28 floors of excellent architecture and engineering brought to life by innovative contractors. There are 22 floors of […]

What to do when an employee resigns

  Resignation is different from a mutual separation agreement where the employer and employee agree to end the employment relationship. It is also different from dismissal of an employee due to misconduct, capacity or operational requirements, among others. Points to consider when dealing with resignation: When your employee resigns, you should accept his resignation in […]

Interview with the ECA(SA) president

Michael Straton On 14 November 2013, at the ECA(SA)’s annual general meeting, Michael Straton of Straton Engineering in Port Elizabeth was elected the association’s new president. In an interview with Vector’s, Straton said the association’s first organisational goal was consolidating and improving its service to its members. “It is important that we recognise our members […]