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Protecting your Company's Reputation when Staff Work from Home  • POPIA is now Law and the Clock is Ticking  • Employees Working from Home: What Tax Deductions can You Claim?  • What Happens if your Driver's Licence Expires During the Pandemic and You have an Accident?  • Tax Deadlines for August

Protecting your Company's Reputation when Staff work from Home

The number of staff working from home has surged with the lockdown, and many office-based employers now plan to keep most or all of their employees working remotely for the long term. There are of course many advantages to allowing those staff members who can work effectively from their own home offices to do so, but be aware also of the business risks that this "new normal" exposes your company to.

One of these is the increased risk of reputational harm to your business, particularly whilst the pandemic and its economic fallout continue to threaten staff morale and uncertainty is the watchword of the day. We analyse those risks and suggest some positive steps you can take to address them.

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POPIA is now Law and the Clock is Ticking

After many false starts over the years (the pandemic causing one last delay this year), the enforcement provisions of POPIA (the Protection of Personal Information Act) have finally become law.

The clock is ticking on the year's grace period allowed for compliance and every businesses should be aware of the substantial implications of POPIA compliance, and of the equally substantial penalties and risks associated with non-compliance.

Read on for a brief overview of how "personal information" is defined, of the eight principles underlying the Act, and of the various practical issues you should know of and prepare for.

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Employees Working from Home: What Tax Deductions Can You Claim?

Working from home is part of our "new normal" and home offices are predicted to remain a permanent feature of many employment relationships in the future.

Both employees and their employers should be familiar with the tax angles, in particular the opportunity to claim tax deductions. When and how do you qualify for deductions? What expenses can you deduct? We discuss the various ins and outs with a simple practical example to illustrate.

If you own your own home, read our tail ender note on the possible impact of claiming for a home office on your Capital Gains Tax liability when you sell your house.

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What happens if your Driver's Licence Expires during the Pandemic?

If the thought of spending hours or days in a queue to renew your expired driver's licence fills you with dread, you are not alone. Even before lockdown the testing centres were running behind in renewing licences and testing licence applicants, and the lockdown has naturally caused backlogs to soar. Centre closures as a result of infection scares will continue to compound the problem.

And of course not having a valid licence puts you at risk of having any insurance claims rejected – a prospect to be avoided at all costs. We share details of the recent and very welcome extension in "deemed validity" of driver's licences, with some advice on contacting your insurer or broker to confirm cover.

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