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In recent months, there has been more cases on workplaces involving high profile individuals. The issue of power and sexual crimes, and racism has dominated the news across the world. But nothing is being done to protect both the employer and the victims. What are some of the challenges HR policy can work on to protect the corporate image, at the same time weed out unprofessional behaviours that include sexual harassment in the form of unwanted sexual advances and racial discrimination during work times. Some victims can’t face the courts and choose to keep quiet. Some suffer depression as they have a family to look after. Some are married and fear their relationship at home can be affected. Some they can’t stand the media. This event aims to create a platform were, right motives and professionalism can exist and creating awareness of employee’s professional behaviour and limits to protect employers corporate image and vulnerable employees both men and women.

This event will:

1. Highlight what employers can do to prevent employment discrimination and sexual harassments and unwanted behaviours at workplaces
2. Encourage the implementation and integration of a strict policy that makes employment discrimination of any type unacceptable in your workplace.
3. Train your managers in the implementation of the anti-discrimination policy with the expectation that prevention is their responsibility. Mandatory employee training should address many of the same issues as the managers’ training relative to employment discrimination.
4. Seek to establish cultural expectations and norms-Creating a work environment that is free of employment discrimination, and all forms of harassment and retaliation should be integral in employee job descriptions, the goals in the performance development planning process, and in employee review and evaluation.
5. Respond to an employee complaint about employment discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in a timely, professional, confidential, policy-adhering manner. Address the employee complaint through to appeal, when necessary.
6. Show to prevent employment discrimination and Lawsuits

Workshop: 27 – 28 June 2018

Dr Dicky Els
Lead Independent Consultant
Workplace Wellness
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    CGF Research Institute

    Dr Dicky Els is a workplace wellness subject matter expert and Lead Independent Consultant for CGF Research Institute. Dr Els predominantly focuses on employee wellness strategy development, programme design, and the effective implementation and evaluation of outcome-based health promotion programmes. Dicky serves on the International Wellness Committee for the National Wellness Institute (NWI) of the United States of America that promotes international health and wellness. He is a member of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Technical Committee and Work Group that developed the SANS:16001 Wellness and Disease Management Standard Requirements (including HIV, TB and non occupational diseases) and he is the project leader of the South African Wellness Programme Evaluation research initiative.

Dikeledi Dlwati
HR Director
Tiger Brands
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    Dikeledi has over twenty years’ HR experience in both the public and private sectors. In working in both sectors, she witnessed the extent to which workplace environments can influence success of employees and has sought to find solutions to create environments where diversity, inclusivity and fairness are embraced. Her passion is growing strong and independent leaders. As a black woman, she acknowledges the difficulties presented to woman leaders who are determined to make their mark in the corporate world but refuses to accept defeat. Her contribution to the development of women and young talent has seen her spearheading an array of transformation initiatives including successful internship and learnership programmes in engineering, technology and new product development. In her spare time, if she is not tracking developments in technology and behaviour of new generations she coaches and mentors the youth and ministers children. She is a mother of two girls and finds energy and balance by reading, hiking and cooking

Mokgaetse Phasha
Assistant Director
Employee Health & Wellness Programme
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    Gauteng Department of Health

    Completed a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in 2006. She started her career at SANCA (JHB) Society. She was responsible for facilitating trainings in schools and companies concerning the psycho-social and physical hazards of abusing alcohol and substances and also on the treatment and prevention services provided by SANCA. She also provided therapeutic services to patients who were admitted for treatment. She then proceeded to work for Gauteng Department of Social Development (JHB Metro Regional Office) where she did Statutory Social Work Services. She provided advocacy and therapeutic services for vulnerable communities residing in the inner city through individual and group interventions. She is currently working for Gauteng Department of Health where she is employed as the Assistant Director responsible for the Employee Wellness Programme. One of her core functions entails the provision of counselling and support services as well as promoting the psycho-social wellbeing of over 1700 employees and their immediate family members. She has over 11 years of experience in the field of human and social development. She has been specializing in the Employee Health & Wellness sector for over 6 years now. She is passionate about promoting mental health and healthy lifestyle in the workplace.

Johan Botes
Employment & Compensation Practice Group

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    Baker Mckenzie

    Johan represents multinationals and large South African companies in relation to the impact of employment law and employee relations on business. He provides business solutions drawing on global best practice, local, regional and global legal developments and experience in managing workplace dynamics. He is a seasoned practitioner who provides strategic business advice and has a fine grasp of the impact of employment law and employee relations on business decisions. Johan is ranked in Chambers, Legal 500 and Acritas as a leading employment lawyer in South Africa.

Gérard Labuschagne
L&S Threat Management
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    Prof Labuschagne is the Director of L&S Threat Management, South Africa’s only sole-purpose threat assessment and management company, specializing in workplace violence. He is a Clinical Psychologist, Criminologist, admitted Advocate of the High Court, trained Hostage Negotiator and Homicide Investigator. He was previously the head of the SAPS profiling unit. He consults to large corporations on how to manage threats towards staff including anonymous, insider, customer and domestic threats that spill over into the workplace. He also advises on complex HR cases which involve mental health issues. He is a regular speaker and trainer at the Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals annual conference.

Bronwynn Stollarz
L&S Threat Management
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    Bronwynn Stollarz is a Director of L&S Threat Management, South Africa’s only sole-purpose threat assessment and management company, specializing in workplace violence. Bronwynn is a Clinical Psychologist and trained Hostage Negotiator. She joined L&S Threat Management having resigned from the South African Police Service as the Section Commander: Forensic Psychology, assisting detectives and prosecutors with the investigation of psychologically motivated crimes.. L&S consults to large corporations on how to manage threats towards staff including anonymous, insider, customer and domestic threats that spill over into the workplace. L&S also advises companies on the management of complex HR cases which involve mental health issues.

Mkhize Gugu
Managing Director
Excelle International Pty Ltd
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    With approximately 18 years experience, Ms Mkhize is a seasoned business leader and a strategist with extensive knowledge in various fields including Human Resources. She has developed strategies, policies and implemented a number of HR related projects in the organisations she has worked for. She holds four qualifications, Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Arts, Diploma in HR and a Masters in Business Administration. She is also a registered Master Practitioner with the SABPP. In 2016 she founded and established a Project Management and Consulting company, Excelle International Pty Ltd which provides a range of services including Human Resource Consulting.

Dirusha Ganapathy Juta
Beyond Transform
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    In 2017, Dirusha was awarded “100 Most Influential Global HR Professionals” by the World HRD Congress and also beat 12 other contestants from multinational giants within the same year to win the title of “HR Leader of the Year” by Future of HR. She was also interviewed by ABP News and the Economic Times and was a speaker at the World HRD Congress. During her corporate career, Dirusha was recognised by IBM for her contribution to the Global HR transformation project and was awarded “Group Services HR Excellence” Award by African Bank in 2009. In her quest to transform and improve quality of lives, Dirusha’s 15-year HR career across a global platform and particularly across the African continent places Dirusha in a position to support socio-economic development through HR Consulting, Youth Development, Coaching and Women’s Empowerment. Dirusha holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Psychology and Public Administration and a post-graduate Honours degree in Psychology. She is registered as a Chartered HR Professional with the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) and is a member of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of SA), Institute of People Management (IPM) and the South African Career Development Association (SACDA).

Sherisa Rajah
Fasken Martineau
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    Sherisa is a partner in the Labour and Human Rights Practice at Fasken Martineau. She specialises in all aspects of labour litigation and employment law in the public and the private sector. Sherisa has also been actively engaged in cradle to grave employment and corporate governance issues facing startups and SMME’s to ensure that they are viable and sustainable in areas of corporate, governance, regulatory (BEE, tax, exchange control, employment) and IP laws. She has been a key note speaker on a number of topical aspects of labour law, both nationally and internationally and she also writes a number of articles in the media relating to labour laws from time to time.

Lameeze Jean-Pierre
Senior Associate
Fasken Martineau
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    Lameeze Jean-Pierre is an employment, immigration, and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment lawyer in Fasken’s Johannesburg office. A proponent of B-BBEE, Lameeze advises clients in merger exercises on the application of the various B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice as well as the Mining Charter. While primarily a litigator in employment disputes, Lameeze has increasingly been tasked to take on more interactive roles in facilitating consultations between clients and trade unions, particularly during restructurings. Her labour, employment and human rights practice involves formulating and developing employment contracts and restraint of trade agreements, preparing and advising clients on the implementation of employment related policies and procedures.

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