Newsflash courtesy ofSAPA
The Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, presented his mid-year budget review on Wednesday 26th October. Proposed changes that immediately impact payroll include the extension of the Employment Tax Incentive. This was to have ended on 31st December 2016, and it is proposed that this date has been extended for another 2 years to end February 2019, which means that organisations are encouraged to recruit and employ people between the ages of 18 to 30, to introduce them to the work environment.
This morning, as I was packing my car to come to work, I felt a few drops of water on my arm. I looked up into a clear, blue sky... Maybe it came off the car? I went inside for my goodbyes, came back out, and there it was, a steady drizzle seemingly coming from a cloudless sky.
Writing business correspondence is an art and, as we all know now, writing political and diplomatic emails, is a hazard.
But let’s stick to what I know about, business mail. I hear a lot of conversations about the end of eMail, the end of print etc. I have to believe that in the next ten years (or even less) we are going to undergo a sea change in how we communicate, both personally and in business.
But we are not there yet, and until then we have to consider the implications of how we put together business correspondence.
Towards the end of September, National Treasury published a second batch of draft amendments to the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) for public comment. Included in the proposed changes are extensions to the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) and the Learnership Tax Incentive, which are due to expire on the 31st December and 30th September 2016 respectively.
Is flexibility now a reality in the workplace? And is it really working? The assumption of control over one’s own time and deliverables does seem to be a great way to work and live, and it appears to be is a high priority for those entering the business world.
Decision makers in business, along with HR managers and recruitment consultants, are very much aware that employers are looking for guidance and ideas as to how to attract and retain, while new recruits are looking for career opportunities that are aligned with their lifestyle choices.