The latest SAEFA Workshop: Workplace Discipline - Getting It Right, From Counselling to Dismissals

South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

Avoid the mistakes which could potentially cost your business hundreds of thousands of Rands.

Section 185 of the Labour Relations Act gives all employees the right not to be unfairly dismissed.  Yet many employers still make fundamental mistakes when taking corrective action against their employees.  As an employer, there is nothing more frustrating than having to compensate or reinstate an employee who has broken your rules.  The key to successful workplace discipline starts with understanding the principles of progressive discipline and ensuring you know the procedural requirements to ensure fairness. 

All too often, employers are ill prepared when taking disciplinary action against troublesome employees, particularly when it comes to conducting disciplinary enquiries.  Even if you have experienced expert consultants available to chair such enquiries, things will not go your way unless you prepare thoroughly and present a well prepared, structured case to maximize your chances of success.

SA Engineers and Founders is running a one-day workshop to guide employers through the legislative requirements of the Labour Relations Act.

Topics covered

Fair and effective discipline

  • Management’s disciplinary authority
  • The role of discipline
  • Employer and employee duties to a company
  • Disciplinary rules and standards
  • Sanctions
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Issuing of warnings

Dismissal and the Labour Relations Act

  • What is a ‘dismissal’?
  • Fair reasons (substantive fairness)
  • Fair procedure (procedural fairness)
  • Onus
  • Unfair dismissal, automatically unfair dismissal and remedies for both

How to conduct a fair disciplinary enquiry

  • Requirements of a fair hearing
  • Preliminary investigation to collect evidence
  • Notification
  • Formulating the charge
  • Employee rights
  • Using checklists as a tool
  • How to conduct a disciplinary enquiry – the process
  • The key roles and characteristics of participants at a disciplinary enquiry
  • Closing statements
  • Verdict
  • Mitigation and aggravation
  • Penalty
  • Testing fairness
  • Appeal procedure
  • Fair enquiry guidelines and consequences of unfairness

Practical guidance on dealing with common disciplinary problems in the workplace

  • Absenteeism and poor timekeeping
  • Sick leave abuse
  • Theft/unauthorised use or removal of company property
  • Insubordination/refusal to carry out lawful and reasonable work instructions
  • Assault
  • Intoxication


The course will be facilitated by Gordon Angus, Director of the Association.  Gordon has over 12 years’ experience in industrial relations and has trained and guided countless companies on the implementation of effective discipline.  

Date and Venue 

Thursday, 30 March 2017, Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Viewpoint Street, Boksburg  


08h00   Registration, tea and coffee 

08h30   Start 

10h30    Tea break 

12h30   Lunch

15h00    Afternoon tea break

16h30    Finish 

Fee per delegate

R2 500 all inclusive – for more information or to book, please contact Gordon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 011 678 0021.