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Learnerships, Public Holidays, Emergency Work and Pay for Annual Leave

Public holidays, emergency work and annual leave are covered in clauses 17 - 20 of Sectoral Determination 5 : Learnerships. Public Holidays, Emergency Work and Annual Leave Pay Learners are entitled to public holidays and annual leave. There may be times when learners are required to do emergency work and employers respond by paying learners…
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Learnership Regulations for Sick Leave and Workplace Injury

How many days are Learners entitled to for illness or injury? Learners are Registered Employees Clauses 21, 22 and 23 of Sectoral Determination 5 : Learnerships As employees, learners are entitled to paid sick leave and compensation if injured on duty. SICK LEAVE A learner is entitled to one day’s paid sick leave for every…
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List of Regulations in Sectoral Determination 5 : Learnerships

Learnerships are both a form of training and employment. Learnerships are  delivered and managed within the context of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act no 75 of 1997 and Section 18(4) of the Skills Development Act, No 97 of 1998. Sectoral Determination 5 : Learnerships establishes conditions of employment and rates of allowances for learners in South…
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List of SA Unions Websites

Unions offer great support and networking opportunities for young labour market entrants. Shop stewards can alert you to potential job opportunities at the companies they work at. Registered learners, apprentices and interns should join unions in order to ensure adequate support during their contracts.  Unions have a responsibility towards you that they have long neglected.…
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WHAT IS LEGAL ABOUT LEARNERSHIP STIPEND DEDUCTIONS?

Complaints about some employers making stipend deductions and others requiring learners to repay stipends have surfaced more prominently this year than previously. Claims of Deductions and Repayment Threats The following are comments posted on Keep Climbing by learners questioning stipend deductions. Businesses named are welcome to send their statements and I will publish them. Learner…
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What Learners say about Learnership Stipends

Are Learnership Stipends Fair? Trapped Between Business and Black Tax. Learner complaints show how SETAs fail to support and monitor accredited organisations and employers, thereby allowing for a range of irregularities and questionable practices. Is Business Heroic? Companies are rewarded for providing learnerships. They receive generous BEE points and tax rebates, often raking back millions.…
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N1 to N6 Certificate Delays on Repeat?

The problems that led to N-diploma Learners having their certificates delayed in 2016 are likely to reappear for current candidates until DHET includes all stakeholders in the discussions ranging from industry to beneficiaries. What are N - Certificates? Think of them as the occupational training alternative that combines grades 10 - 12 with a post…
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Contact List of Registered Unions in South Africa

If you have stipend or employer related issues, please contact the relevant union in your sector. This post lists all registered trade unions in alphabetical order. Included are contact details of key individuals, phone, fax, emails people and physical address. If you find this list too long to deal with, go to our union websites…
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Learnership Contract of Employment and Termination

How to end Learnerships Legally Employers who accept unemployed candidates for Learnerships need to provide them with a contract of employment for the duration of the training programme. A learner is also entitled to receive a certificate of service from employers if the learnership is terminated. Extracted from the Department of Labour's Sectoral Determination 5:…
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Learnerships, Pregnancy and Family Responsibility

Learners are entitled to maternity leave. What if I'm pregnant and on a Learnership? According to Sectoral Determination 5: Learnerships, you cannot be fired. Here is the specific legislation about maternity leave. Maternity Leave (Number 24 of the Determination) (1) (a)     A learner is entitled to at least four consecutive months' maternity leave. (b)    A…
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Learnerships: Legal Work Hours, Overtime and Mealtime

Learners and training providers can be guided by legislation. This post covers what the legal working hours are as stipulated by the Department of Labour (DoL). The DoL posted Learnership legislation known as Sectoral Determination 5 : Learnerships This determination sets rules for Learnerships regarding: minimum wages (what's the lowest you can be paid) working hours…
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