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Scorpion Legal Protection explains the new judgment on maternity/paternity leave and how it could affect you. Read here.
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is a government-run insurance scheme meant to provide compensation to all users of South African roads, including citizens, tourists and foreign nationals, who have suffered bodily injuries or to the dependants of those who have died as a result of reckless driving. Scorpion Legal Protection explains the claims process. Read here.
With the month of October being Mental Health Awareness Month in South Africa, we at Scorpion Legal Protection think it’s important to share some useful tips regarding mental health in the workplace. Read here.
Did you know that divorce doesn’t have to be a long, messy court battle? Scorpion Legal Protection explains the step-by-step process of uncontested divorce. Read here.
When someone dies without leaving a will, those left behind will be left with additional admin, that could have been avoided, on top of their grief. Scorpion Legal Protection explains the problems that can arise from not having a will.
Having a valid will eliminates the need for costly and lengthy legal battles, it minimises the risk of family conflicts, and provides peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are taken care of when you pass away. Scorpion explains what needs to be included in your will for it to be valid. Read here.
Sexual assault and rape are traumatic crimes that occur frequently in South Africa. Scorpion will guide you through the process of reporting a rape step by step. Read here.
The Global Adult Tobacco Survey undertaken by the South African Medical Research Council in 2021 revealed that 11.1 million adults (41.2% of all men, and 11.5% of all women surveyed) smoke tobacco.Scorpion explains what SA’s tobacco and labour laws have to say. Read here.
Scorpion’s step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of reporting a missing person in South Africa, outlining the necessary steps and providing tips to maximise the chances of a successful resolution. Read here.
Knowing what you're entitled to can empower you and help you navigate a challenging situation with confidence. In this article, Scorpion breaks down the key aspects of your legal rights. Read here.
If you are struggling to repay your debts, you may be considering either debt review or debt consolidation – they are not the same thing. Scorpion explains what these two terms mean so you can make an informed decision that is best for your specific debt situation. Read here.
Buying property is a big decision and expense, and can be complicated if you don’t know what’s what. Scorpion explains the terms you need to know. Read the article here.
Getting asked to do overtime? Know your rights. Scorpion explains what the BCEA says about overtime hours and pay.
Has your employer asked you to work this public holiday? Here’s what you should know about getting paid.
Looking to apply for a work visa in SA? Scorpion explains the three types and what you need to know.
With our unemployment rate currently sitting at 32,9% (among the highest in the world), it’s no surprise that South Africans are desperate for work. Here are Scorpion’s 4 ways to spot a job scam.
If you are currently in South Africa with a Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP), you may be worried about the June 2023 expiry date and what will happen. Scorpion explains what you need to do to remain in SA legally.
Scorpion Legal Protection shares three must-know facts about metro police traffic fines.
Scorpion's labour legal specialists deal with matters that go to the CCMA on a daily basis. Read our lawyers’ tips for winning your CCMA case as an employee.
Can you ignore after-hours work WhatsApps, calls, emails or messages? Scorpion’s Specialist Labour Department lawyers answer.
What is a certificate of service, what should be in it and how do you get one – Scorpion explains.
What happens if you buy a bank repossessed house, and the current tenants don’t want to move out? Scorpion explains what to do.
Thinking of buying an RDP house? Scorpion explains what you need to look out for.
Scorpion explains 5 things you should know about strikes in South Africa.
Are you looking to apply for a liquor licence? Scorpion explains the 6 different types of licences here.
Your payslip is such an important document! Make sure you understand what’s in it. Scorpion breaks it down for you here.
Can you be forced to use WhatsApp for work? The answer isn’t actually that straightforward. Scorpion explains.
The new national minimum wage has officially come into effect. Scorpion explains what this means, who it applies to and what you can do if your employer won’t pay it.
Can you be fired over WhatsApp? Scorpion answers.
If you are a foreign national, but your child was born in South Africa, is your child automatically a South African citizen? Scorpion answers.
Can you collect unemployment benefits if you get a pay cut on short time? Scorpion answers.
We all know loadshedding is affecting businesses badly, but can your employer cut your pay because of loadshedding? Scorpion answers.
We could soon see a rise in the national minimum wage for domestic workers. Scorpion explains the proposed increase and goes over what you can do if your employer does not comply.
Have you recently been called or notified by your child’s school that your child has been suspended and should not attend classes because they have breached the school’s code of conduct? Scorpion shares why this could be against the law.
Searches, seizures and drug tests can legally be carried out at schools, but your child still has rights. Scorpion Legal Protection explains.
Can schools withhold the results of learners whose parents have been unable to pay school fees? Scorpion Legal Protection answers.
Going to be travelling this holiday season? Here’s Scorpion Legal Protection’s checklist to avoid legal and safety troubles.
There has always been some confusion about debt review, with many finding themselves being placed under the programme but not fully understanding how it will affect them. Scorpion shares some legal advice about debt review and what it means for you.
When last did you check your credit report? Scorpion Legal Protection shares 5 reasons why checking your credit report regularly will allow you to stay in control of your life.
Do you have a debt that you have forgotten about and suddenly you receive calls asking you to pay up? Scorpion explains what the law says and why you may not have to pay that debt.
We often talk about tenants’ rights, but landlords get taken advantage of as well, and can be stuck with bad, non-paying tenants who ruin their property. Scorpion explains how you can get rid of a tenant legally, so that you don’t find yourself in trouble with the courts at a later stage.
About 1.4 million homes were broken into over the last year according to StatsSA. Here’s Scorpion’s quick 3-step guide to reporting a break-in.
What happens when you realise that you may not be set up for a happy retirement because your employer has been making deductions from your salary but not paying over the contributions to the fund administrators? Scorpion Legal Protection talks about the laws that protect you and how to prevent this.
What does your family need to know about accessing your pension fund should you die before you retire? Scorpion Legal Protection explains.
When is a disciplinary hearing unfair? Scorpion Legal Protection gives you 5 situations.
Buying your first home can be exciting – and costly. This is why Scorpion Legal Protection’s lawyers want to share their legal advice for first-time homebuyers.
If your landlord isn’t holding up his end of the rental agreement by maintaining the property, why should you hold up yours by paying rent? Scorpion Legal Protection explains why withholding or refusing to pay rent isn’t the best choice.
What forms part of a landlord’s maintenance responsibilities? Scorpion Legal Protection gives you 3 things your landlord must pay for when it comes to maintenance and repairs of the rental property.
Scorpion Legal Protection gives you 2 facts about recording a disciplinary hearing in South Africa.
If you can’t pay maintenance, can you be prevented from seeing your child? Scorpion Legal Protection answers.
Ever wondered if your landlord is playing fair with your deposit for a rental property? Scorpion Legal Protection gives you 6 things your rental deposit may not be used for.
Sethu’s landlord is not fixing the plumbing issues with their toilet, but still insists that he pays the full rent each month. What are the landlord’s and tenant’s rights and responsibilities here? Scorpion Legal Protection explains.
You’ve gotten a SARS auto-assessment. It’s tempting to just accept it and move on, but you shouldn’t do this. Scorpion Legal Protection explains why.
What happens if you leave your job and don’t give back the company laptop? What if they never ask for it back and you just keep it, is this stealing? Can they call the police on you? Technically, no, here’s why – Scorpion Legal Protection explains.
You’re not married but you’re living together (called cohabitation). What are your legal rights if you separate? Do you have a claim on any monies? Scorpion Legal Protection gives you 3 must-know facts about cohabitation.
Scorpion Legal Protection gives you 5 things you need to know about sick leave.
What happens if you get injured while working, but you aren’t at the official work premises? Can you still claim? Scorpion Legal Protection answers a question posted by a follower on their Facebook page.
Have you or someone you know had their cell phone contract end but then still receive bills from the cell phone service provider? Scorpion Legal Protection tells you why that is and what you can do about it.
If you don’t have a valid will, do you know what will happen to your estate? Scorpion Legal Protection explains.
Looking to join a trade union but afraid of what your employer might do? Maybe you’re worried you’ll be discriminated against or that your boss will start treating you badly because of it.
Looking to get married? Scorpion Legal Protection explains the pros and cons of the different types of marriage contracts.
You take leave for a funeral, but things end up taking longer than you expected and now you need to extend your leave. Can your employer refuse? What if you take it anyway, can they fire you? Scorpion Legal Protection discusses.
Can you be fired “with immediate effect”? Yes and no. Scorpion Legal Protection explains.
Scorpion Legal Protection explains 5 times that being dismissed from your job is unfair and you can take legal action.
Can you check if your employer has registered you for UIF and is paying over the UIF money they deduct from your pay? Yes. Scorpion Legal Protection explains how.
Is there a law that says employers must provide a formal employment contract to their workers? The answer may surprise you. Read Scorpion Legal Protection’s answer here.
Who qualifies for expungement of a criminal record? Scorpion Legal Protection breaks it down here.
Need to get a police clearance certificate for criminal record, emigration, or travel and employment overseas? Scorpion Legal Protection explains the steps you need to take here.
It can be easy to feel intimidated at a roadblock. Scorpion breaks down 5 things officers may not do that you should know about.
Scorpion’s 5 must-know retrenchment facts to keep in mind in this tough economy.
What are the reasons why your application for South African citizenship could be rejected? Scorpion Legal Protection answers.
Your rental application has been accepted and you’re all ready to sign on the dotted line, but before you put your name to that legally-binding lease agreement, take a few minutes to go through Scorpion Legal Protection’s list of things to check before signing.
Does marrying a South African get you South African citizenship? Scorpion Legal Protection answers.
Stop! Before you sign your rental agreement, take 5 minutes to check Scorpion Legal Protection’s list of 4 hidden costs often snuck in.
About to sign a new employment contract? Make sure you aren’t surprised by these two things.
About to sign a new employment contract? Scorpion Legal Protection says you must check these three things first.
Money missing on your payslip? Scorpion Legal Protection explains what deductions your employer is and isn’t allowed to make.
Reginald* says his employer just deducted money from his pay, without him knowing or signing anything! Azikhiphi! Scorpion Legal Protection takes a look at the matter.
Apart from yelling at him and humiliating him in front of customers, Reggie’s* boss accused him of theft, and then gave him a letter of suspension. Is this fair? Scorpion Legal Protection explains.
How do you become the legal owner of land/property? It’s not just as simple as getting the original ownership documents. Scorpion Legal Protection explains the role of conveyancers and tips for making sure the process runs smoothly.
Julius’s* sister, who was working as a cleaner at the time, died and left behind dependent children. He wants to know if he can claim the money from her provident fund. Scorpion Legal Protection explains how provident fund money is paid out.
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