If you own, manage or work for a business, whether it’s a multinational conglomerate or a desk set up in the garage, it is likely that you have, from time to time, been bombarded with information about the Promotion of Access to Information Manual, the importance of having one, and the penalties involved in not having one. Of course, this information is usually accompanied by an offer to do it all for you for a fee, and urgently if you want to stay out of jail.
By now, the January hangover has well and truly set in. The month-long December party has left many a bank account, kitchen cupboard and Jack Daniels bottle empty, and the next pay-cheque seems but on a distant horizon. Invariably there’re a few bills that are mistakenly or not-so-mistakenly overlooked. Which may suit you if you’re the debtor. But if you’re the creditor, what do you do? For the umpteenth time, you are the one left juggling your cash flow because your debtor has unilaterally decided to delay payment. At this point you may be seriously contemplating charging interest on overdue accounts. Adding interest onto outstanding balances can be a good way of forcing a debtor to pay on time. But before you do so, there are a few things you should be aware of.
If you’re reading this, then congratulations! You made it through the Silly Season alive. You dodged the carnage on the roads, your liver has finally recovered sufficiently to see another year in, and your stomach escaped intact, if not unscathed, after suffering through yet another notorious Christmas lunch. Let us spare a thought, though, for the families of those who lost loved ones over this period. May their pain ease with time, and may their thoughts be filled with happy memories of the ones they lost.
‘Tis the season to be merry! As the new year approaches, staff embark on that obligatory end-of-year go-slow. You stumble across evidence that instead of franticly ticking off their end-of-year objectives, your employees are spending Company time surfing the web and socializing on social media. Your internet is being eaten up in illegal downloads as they madly accumulate all the latest blockbusters for the kids to watch on holiday. And when they’re not browsing YouTube they’re merrily sharing countless jokes, video clips, photos and hug me bears on Facebook with their friends and family. Your immediate reaction may be to task your IT guy to investigate who the transgressors are and to prepare their walking papers. However, in light of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (yes, we also question how the drafters dreamt that name up!), this may not necessarily be a wise move. In terms of this Act, you are not allowed to intercept your employees’ communications without their consent. Even if they are using Company infrastructure. Disregard this seemingly innocuous piece of law at your peril: you could face a fine of R2 million or 10 years in prison.
As you may be aware, our website, Agreements Online, has been live and steadily progressing for a number of years. The vision behind the website is: To provide our customers with affordable, understandable and practical contracts and documents that suitably address the legal risks that they face.
Many hours of planning, designing, and drafting go into our documents. And we are continuously adding new agreements, documents and information to the site in an effort to add value to your business and personal life. There are now over 300 contracts, legal agreements and documents available on the site, and this number is growing. So we thought it was time to review our site, and take it to a whole new level by entering the world of social media. Yes, we in the legal fraternity can be social creatures too!