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  • Managing expectations of bonuses in tough economic times - 28 Nov 2017

The year is rushing to an end and many South Africans are looking forward to a well-deserved break. It has been a difficult year for most companies with the unprecedented negative economic and political climate. Companies are battling to be profitable. Read More...  |  Watch the video

  • Lessons from the equal pay journey - 21 Nov 2017

Companies in South Africa must meet their legal obligation to ensure that their employees are paid fairly, or prepare themselves for the consequences. This is the advice offered by Arlene Leggat, a Director at the South African Payroll Association (SAPA). “Specifically, they must have a documented system for determining the value of an employee’s job and it must be applied consistently across their workforce,” she urges. Read More...

  • Pushing payroll ethics through professional membership - 16 Nov 2017

Most organisation’s biggest and most important expense is its payroll, and no business can risk this resting in the wrong hands, especially when budgets are tight and employees are under pressure. Read More...

  • Boost employee satisfaction with payroll clarity - 1 Nov 2017

South Africa is beginning to follow the international trend whereby companies are treating employees like they would their customers. In part, this is done by providing on-time and detailed payslips designed to boost employee satisfaction and increase the efficiency of query resolution. Read More...

  • How busy CFO’s can ensure payroll compliance - 25 Oct 2017

There are steps that can be taken to ensure that company Chief Financial Officers (CFO’s), who already have heavy workloads, can be assured of a fully compliant payroll without having to immerse themselves in the daily details. Read More...

  • Paying people fairly in the gig economy - 17 Oct 2017

The gig economy (also known as the ‘sharing’ economy) has been in the media quite recently. Issues related to Uber drivers in the United Kingdom, for example, is just one example of how the digitisation of services, globalisation and the rise of independent contractors are changing the way we differentiate between ‘employees’, ‘service providers’ and ‘contractors’. Read More...

  • Defining the impact of the new minimum wage - 12 Oct 2017

Government has been enmeshed in the process of establishing a new National Minimum Wage (NMW) for many years and finally the numbers have landed on the table and it is causing consternation across country and company. Read More...

  • South Africa’s first payroll standard to drive good governance - 3 Oct 2017

The South African Payroll Association (SAPA), in partnership with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP), has launched the country’s first Payroll Standard. James McKerrell, Chairman of SAPA, will officially announce its implementation at a special SABPP conference to be held on October 26th. Read More...

  • Things to Consider Before You Retrench - 4 Sept 2017

Whenever a worker is retrenched in South Africa, it’s not just one person losing an income. That’s because employees in this country have a high number of dependents. For example, according to the South African Police Union, each 10111 call centre operator supports about 15 dependents. The statistics are probably similar for other industries. That’s why, before any organisation chooses retrenchments, they should do their best to find another way. Read More...

  • SA’s dwindling economy increase risk for payroll fraud – how to prevent this - 28 Aug 2017

The struggling South African economy has created considerable hardship, with low salary increases coupled with greater calls on disposable income. And this has resulted in a perfect storm driving people to commit fraud, says Arlene Leggat, a director of the South African Payroll Association (SAPA). Read More...

  • Shrinking, but persistent gender pay gap in payroll sector - 23 Aug 2017

During Women’s Month, it is important to consider the gender related problems we still face as professionals. One of the major concerns is the gender pay gap. Although this gap has been growing smaller over the past years, it remains a legitimate problem. Read More...

  • Payroll - Defining success in a demanding industry - 21 Aug 2017

The payroll environment is not for the faint-hearted. It is demanding, exacting and driven by deadlines. It is a career where mistakes can be expensive and missing a deadline potentially catastrophic. Read More...

  • Payroll – make it easy, make it mobile - 25 July 2017

Companies need to rethink payroll services and follow the international trend of investing more in mobile self-service solutions, advises Lavine Haripersad, a director at the South African Payroll Association (SAPA). Read More...

  • Reduce tax risk, use qualified professionals - 19 July 2017

It’s personal tax season again and millions of South Africans are busy filling out their tax returns. Read More...

  • Compensation and Benefits in a Recession - 3 July 2017

With a sluggish economy, low growth and our recent downgrade to junk status, South Africans now find themselves in a new national recession. Read More...

  • Recession-proof payroll - 27 June 2017

The current economic outlook is set to have an impact on the bottom line, business and morale, but robust payroll auditing and management processes can curtail risk and support growth. Read More...

  • New UIF Benefit Limits Cause Confusion for Payrolls

The Minister of Labour announced an amendment to the “scale of benefits” described in the Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (Act No. 63 of 2001) on March 17th this year, to be implemented from April 1st. The statement has caused much confusion across the payroll function, affecting employers, payroll departments, payroll consultants and payroll software vendors. Read More...

  • Payroll must help employees beat the “downgrade blues”

The recent downgrade of South African government debt increases economic uncertainty, with unpredictable effects. “While many of the outcomes of the downgrade have been surprising, one thing is clear: government debt is going to be more expensive. That will almost certainly mean that both local interest rates and taxes will continue to rise,” says Cathie Webb, Director, South African Payroll Association. Read More...  

  • Overtime fraud rife, and ready for a remedy

South Africa has a higher than average rate of overtime fraud owing to limited prevention and detection systems, and a workforce which has become dependent on the financial advantage it offers them. Read More...  

  • How do I calculate my tax?

Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, released updated tax tables on the 22 February as is customary in the budget speech towards the end of each government financial year. Read More...
 

  • How to run a cost-effective payroll

Employees who are paid efficiently, accurately and on time are productive and profitable, which is why payroll administration is a high-return investment for every organisation. Read More...
 

  • Brace yourselves - Income tax increase likely for 2017

We encourage all employers, employees and payroll departments to prepare themselves for an income tax increase that will likely be announced during Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's upcoming National Budget Speech. Read More...
 

  • The risks of unqualified payroll staff

From the outside, payroll seems simple. Get the right software. Push a button at the right time. Then, hey presto! Your workers are paid. Right? If only. Plus, the old adage of “garbage in, garbage out” still applies. Read More...
 

  • Don’t risk employee anger over payroll errors

It’s not uncommon for a payroll to be consistently managed so poorly that workers threaten to strike over incorrectly administered pay. Often, the person administering the payroll is not adequately qualified for the job. Read More...
 

  • How the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Act could stimulate economic growth

The new Act will make benefits available to a much larger proportion of the workforce, and also has the potential to stimulate economic growth. Read More...
 

  • What it means to be a third-party agent for SARS

Few employers or employees truly understand what it means when you are nominated by The South African Revenue Service (SARS) as a third-party agent, which often results in a matter that could be resolved speedily lingering unnecessarily and impacting both parties. Read More...
 

  • Don’t risk employee anger over payroll errors

It’s not uncommon for a payroll to be consistently managed so poorly that workers threaten to strike over incorrectly administered pay. Read More...
 

  • Why does a 13th cheque not give me double my usual take-home pay?

As the Christmas season approaches, some lucky employees will be looking forward to a bonus or a thirteenth cheque. Frequently, however, people express surprise that their thirteenth cheque doesn’t translate into double their typical take-home pay. Read More...
 

  • Preventing payroll identity fraud

Payroll identity fraud is a reality in South Africa. Provincial departments, municipalities and the Department of Education are just a few of the examples where millions has been lost to ghost employees and other fraudulent payroll activities. Read More...
 

  • Why you need qualified payroll staff

Without a doubt, payroll is one of the most sensitive business activities. Income is extremely personal to workers because it's inherently tied to their well-being and survival. Read More...
 

  • When work dedication masks payroll fraud

Payroll fraud schemes typically last about 2 years before being detected, and are twice as frequent in small businesses as in larger ones. This is according a 2016 Global Fraud Study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Most often, perpetrators hold accounting positions (21.6% of cases). Read More...
 

  • Cross-border payroll: Some guidelines for payroll professionals

South African companies— as well as many global multinationals—are increasingly seeing the rest of the continent as an attractive growth target. No matter what particular business model they adopt in the target country, they are likely to find themselves seconding specialist staff to their in-country operations. In general, these expatriates would remain on the payroll of the South African or parent company. Read More...
 

  • Declining employee morale - the cost of payroll errors

Regardless of the size of your organisation, payroll errors can and will, occur. Sometimes the impact will be on the bottom line, other times may see a business skirting the edges of the law, but in most instances the hardest hit will be the employee and business morale. Read More...
 

  • Gender shift evident in payroll

Despite the prevalent gender bias in the South African payroll industry towards women, change is under way says Val Forrest, Executive Director and Administrator of the South African Payroll Association (SAPA). Read More...
 

  • eNCA Moneyline - SAPA interview on on garnishee bill with David Brown

Interview that eNCA Moneyline did with SAPA member David Brown on the garnishee bill on 23 August 2016. Watch Now...
 

  • Why you cannot afford to go without medical aid

The medical aid conversation can be a controversial one. Many look at the price tag and wonder if it is worth the expense and the inevitable hassle. Everyone knows that medical aid comes with paperwork and admin, but few recognise that it also comes with peace of mind and reassurance. Read More...
 

  • SAPA urges swift action on new garnishee bill

The South African Payroll Association (SAPA) says that the proposed amendments to the Magistrates’ Court Act 32 of 1944, aimed at curbing unconstitutional practices relating to garnishee orders, are to be welcomed. The Association has urged Parliament to press ahead with tabling the bill now that the local government elections are complete. Read More...
 

  • How to avoid tax issues when leaving a company

When changing jobs or retiring, it is very important to ensure that the correct tax treatment is applied—or both employer and employee could find themselves at risk. Author: Lavine Haripersad, Vice Chairman, South African Payroll Association. Read More...
 

  • Final chance to enter SAPA Awards nominations

August 5th marks the deadline for nominations to be submitted for the fourth annual edition of the South African Payroll Association (SAPA) Awards. With the awards, SAPA aims to recognise individuals that hold high the name of the payroll industry. Awards still prove to be a very effective tool in boosting staff morale and improving motivation by recognising employees’ hard work and achievements. Read More...
 

  • Point and click performance comes to an end

The militant and often dreaded appraisal method of evaluating employee performance is facing its demise. Today, performance is measured using a management style that works with employee, team and manager to create a more holistic representation of deliverables and productivity.  Read More...
 

  • A Career in Payroll: taking on a strategic role in businesses

Strength of character, an ethical attitude and a professional mind-set. These are the qualities which define a successful payroll practitioner in the modern workplace. The days when payroll was a ‘fallen into’ career, one which was discovered as someone worked their way up the ranks, are rapidly disappearing. Read More...
 

  • Top tips for preventing payroll fraud

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners says that payroll fraud is the No. 1 source of accounting fraud and employee threat globally. It affects 27% of all businesses and lasts, on average, 36 months. Read More...
 

  • Call for SAPA Awards nominations

With its annual awards, the South African Payroll Association (SAPA) aims to recognise individuals that hold high the name of the payroll industry. Awards still prove to be a very effective tool in boosting staff morale and improving motivation by recognising employees’ hard work and achievements.  Read More...

  • Retirement advice for the sandwich generation

There is a name given to those who have spent their working years bringing up their children while caring for their ageing parents – the sandwich generation. This generation is juggling enormous personal responsibility alongside concerns about retirement and the fear that they have not saved enough. Read More...