No special treatment

Making special learnership arrangements in the workplace for people with a disability might not be as helpful as you might expect South African Employers for Disability recently held a workshop where delegates examined the issues of transformation, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. There were some fascinating inputs, but one...

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The good, the bad and the fair

What kind of effect does competition have in the workplace? Watching the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games on television, and seeing the way in which these competitions spur the participants to amazing achievements, made me think about one of the great debates in the work arena: is competition in the...

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Calling in sick

What can people with disabilities expect when they have to take additional time off work because of a complication or consequence of their disability? In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, every employee is entitled to one day’s sick leave per month – or 36 days in a...

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See me

Overcoming prejudice in the workplace is an important step towards ensuring the fair treatment of all employees. One of the greatest barriers to the employment of people with disabilities is not the physical access to business premises (although that remains a major issue), it’s attitude. Fear, ignorance and stereotypical views...

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The “reasonable” call

The “reasonable accommodation” of employees with a disability is not open-ended. There is often some confusion regarding the legislated requirements that organisations (public and private) provide for the “reasonable accommodation” of people with disabilities without causing the organisation “unjustifiable hardship”. The Disability Code of the Employment Equity Act states that...

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Nail it!

So you landed an interview; you read up about the company beforehand … now it’s face-to-face time Congratulations! You’ve made it to the interview stage of your employment journey. But there is still a way to go. How you present yourself in the interview could mean receiving a job offer...

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Pick your moment

When’s the best time to disclose your disability to a prospective employer? In the September-October issue, I noted that all businesses and organisations must employ people with disabilities if they are to comply with various pieces of employment legislation and related regulations. As SAE4D members who are committed to the...

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Your employer needs you!

The news about careers for people with disabilities is good and getting even better While people with disabilities continue to experience disproportionately high unemployment levels in South Africa, the good news is that the environment for their employment has never been better. That’s not to say that there isn’t plenty...

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