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  • Employment Equity: Four items you need to include in your EEA4 form
  • As a designated employer, you simply have to be fully compliant with the Employment Equity Act, and one of the most important duties you have in ensuring that is to consistently report on Employment Equity within your company. This involves you having to complete and submit several forms to the Department of Labour every year, of which the most important is the EEA4 form. It deals with income d... ››› more
  • [10 June 2016]
  • How are you increasing employment opportunities in your company's EE Plan?
  • How are you increasing employment opportunities in your company's EE Plan?
    As a designated employer, you need to have a valid EE Plan. In your EE Plan, you must describe what steps you're taking to increase employment opportunities for previously disadvantaged people at your company. These are your affirmative action measures (Section 20, of the Employment Equity Act). But many employers I've spoken to are struggling in this area. So that's why I'm writing to y... ››› more
  • [07 June 2016]
  • Are you an Employment Equity offender?
  • Are you an Employment Equity offender?
    Do you have: - A Senior Manager taking responsibility for Employment Equity in your company; - Staff training programs on HIV/Aids in the workplace, cultural sensitivity and sexual harassment; and - Valid reasons why you're not achieving Affirmative Action targets and goals? If you don't, it's an offence under the Employment Equity Act. And the Department of Labour will fine you up to R2.7... ››› more
  • [25 May 2016]
  • Are you a designated employer? Take this quick test to find out
  • Are you a designated employer? Take this quick test to find out
    Fasu, one of our Labour Law for Managers Handbook subscribers, recently asked us this question: 'Our company employs 31 workers. Do we qualify as a designated employer? And if we are a designated employer, what does that mean? ' Read on for a quick test you can take, to find out if you're a designated employer and what it means for you.   ******Advertisement ****** 'Implement employme... ››› more
  • [17 May 2016]
  • The DoL inspectors are coming....
  • I'm not sure if you're aware, but it seems as if the Department of Labour EE inspectors are everywhere these days! A number of my clients have had unexpected visits to check they're complying with the Employment Equity Act - and quite a few of them are currently being subjected to a Director-General review. A new client recently called me in a panic because he'd received a Notification of a Direc... ››› more
  • [24 April 2016]
  • 'But it's my culture': Here's how to deal with these employees
  • We all understand that you may not discriminate against your employees 'unfairly'. And what constitutes unfair discrimination in the workplace includes areas such as culture and religious beliefs. But haven't you ever felt that employees use these grounds to justify almost any behaviour that, however temporarily, manifests itself in the workplace? In other words, you may feel like they're ab... ››› more
  • [22 April 2016]
  • How can you prevent discrimination on the ground of 'conscience'? Find out here
  • Under the hallowed Employment Equity Act, it's a well-known fact that you, as a designated employer, can't discriminate unfairly against any of your employees. In other words, you can't discriminate against any of them on a number of grounds. Now, while many of these grounds, such as age, gender, race, marital status, religion, pregnancy, HIV status, etcetera, are pretty straightforward, the... ››› more
  • [22 April 2016]
  • You can 'fairly' discriminate against employees on these 4 grounds
  • The general understanding is that discrimination in the workplace is not allowed. After all, Section 6 of the Employment Equity Act makes it very clear that you may not discriminate against employees on many grounds, such as: · Accommodation; · Age; · Appearance; · Birth; · Gender; · HIV status; · Ethnic origin; · F... ››› more
  • [21 April 2016]
  • 4 Elements your EE Plan has to have
  • As a designated employer, it's your responsibility to ensure that you carry out all your employment equity (EE) duties correctly and effectively, otherwise you'll face a R2.7 million fine, and even risk losing as much as 10% of your annual turnover! Now, one of your most important duties, as a designated employer, has to be your EE Plan. Under section 20 of the Employment Equity Act, you are re... ››› more
  • [20 April 2016]
  • Your 6 main EE duties as a designated employer
  • As designated employer, you have various Employment Equity (EE) duties. And failure to carry them out will lead to fines of as much as R2.7 million! This is evidence enough to show why you must implement employment equity properly in the workplace. So to help you ensure that you are carrying out your EE obligations correctly, here are the 6 main EE duties you are required to carry out, as ... ››› more
  • [20 April 2016]
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