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Sep 10 2015

Maternity Leave – has it changed over the years?

I have two children, one 30, and the other 28 and, other than one 10 month extended holiday before we got married and two three month maternity leaves, I have been employed.

When viewing my personal maternity leave, the major difference was the comparison between the corporate and small business approach to women going on maternity leave.

It amazes me now, but when I had my daughter, I landed up having to manage a rather challenging situation.

I had a company car and was working for an international company.

Teryl @ Work
Sep 4 2015

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BCom for Payroll Employees

Good news is that the registration period for this degree through The Da Vinci Institute has been extended until early January 2016. A minimum of 20 registrations are required for the first year, and Da Vinci has let SAPA know that if we get this number, the course will start in February 2016.

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Sep 1 2015

Women and Property Ownership – is it really 1%?

As Women’s Month drew to a close in South Africa yesterday, I thought the topic of property ownership was worth further investigation.

Over the past month, I have participated in a number of women’s events, both as a speaker and as a member of the audience.

Some of the speakers have cited a statistic that puts 1 or 2% of property in the hands of women, globally.

According to Philip Cohen, (link below), this is a feminist myth that won’t die.

Teryl @ Work
Sep 1 2015

Newsflash courtesy of SAPA

Important notice from SARS

This link contains the August 2015 PAYE Reconciliation Communication which has been published this morning on the SARS website.

This communication contains information regarding the following:

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Aug 27 2015

Focusing on women’s issues this month has heightened my awareness of a number of different attitudes that women face in the business world.

When I first heard about benevolent sexism, I thought “at least its good natured!” Some very high powered women disillusioned me on that one.

Possibly an extension of paternalism, benevolent sexism, and his ugly brother, hostile sexism, have become a subject of much study. And then there is the stepbrother, ambivalent sexism, to add to the mix.

Teryl @ Work
Aug 24 2015

The Daily Beast published a story in about 18 months ago with statistics that showed women being quoted 1 in 5 times on woman's issues. The article continued with stats on news shows showing a very similar picture. The Daily Beast

I haven't been able to find similar statistics for South Africa, but am not convinced it would be very different.

Are we just not being asked?

Or don't the media know who to ask?

Teryl @ Work
Aug 20 2015

Newsflash courtesy of SAPA

Payroll Week

National Payroll Week was celebrated earlier this month. Please give us your feedback on how you celebrated! Accsys ensured that the whole organisation was aware of who their Payroll Champions are, by decorating their offices, and sending this photo to the entire organisation.

Women’s Month

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Aug 18 2015

While we celebrate the whole month as Woman's Month in South Africa, with numerous events and celebrations, it really is about August 9th, 1956 when approximately 20 000 women marched on Pretoria to deliver a petition to JG Strydom, the Prime Minister. (See extract in Notes)

Led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, some carrying the children of their employers on their backs, they stood in silence for 30 minutes, in a powerful objection to the "pass" that black South Africans had to carry at all times.

Teryl @ Work
Aug 13 2015

Yes, women are managing companies but do we still have our egos in domesticity? Readers, I have to admit I love to cook.

Yes, I am a pressure cook (not to be confused with a pressure cooker, which I have never owned. I nearly won one last year, but the alternative prize was a weekend away, and under serious pressure from my husband, chose the latter. It was nice to spend a free weekend in the Midlands, but it didn’t save the enormous amounts of cooking time that I hear a pressure cooker does…)

Back to being a pressure cook – it is a two part definition:

Teryl @ Work
Aug 4 2015

In the past, careers in payroll were not planned. In fact, I used to start every presentation to payroll people with “Please put up your hands if your career of choice was to be in payroll”

Nobody ever did!

I believe that is starting to change.

Formal education and training for payroll professionals has been a dream since I first managed a help desk back in the early 90s. We were constantly dealing with operators and administrators who were perfectly proficient in the software they were using, but did not have a broader picture.

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