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  • 10 areas your AA measures should cover in your EE Plan
  • As a designated employer, you must have an EE Plan in place. And one of the main elements of your EE Plan are the Affirmative Action Measures. These show what measures you're taking in order to increase the opportunities of previously disadvantaged people in your company. In order to ensure that your EE Plan has effective affirmative action measures, cover the following 10 areas... **... ››› more
  • [23 March 2016]
  • EE Audits: Here's how to carry out a qualitative analysis
  • Under Section 19 of the Employment Equity (EE) Act, all designated employers are required to carry out analyses, otherwise known as audits, on EE in their workplaces. These analyses can be divided into two categories, namely quantitative and qualitative analyses. Now while a quantitative analysis is fairly simple, a qualitative analysis is a little more complex. Here's a rundown of how t... ››› more
  • [23 March 2016]
  • Don't be like the SAPS. Consider these seven factors to ensure your EE Plan is lawful
  • Earlier this year, it was reported that the Labour Court declared the South African Police Service's (SAPS's) Employment Equity (EE) Plan invalid. It was found that the plan amounted to nothing more than a quota system, which in itself was non-compliant with the EE Act as well as Section 2 of the Constitution. Now, from this recent news, there appears to have been a misinterpretation, from t... ››› more
  • [17 March 2016]
  • There's one simple way to make sure you're implementing all 26 EE changes...
  • If you're a designated employer (this is if you have 50 employees or more, and your company's turnover exceeds Schedule 4 of the Employment Equity (EE) Act), you have to comply with the Employment Equity Act. But with the 26 recent changes to the Act, and fines sitting at R2.7 million or 10% of your turnover you need to keep up to date and compliant.... And there's one simple way to do this. Wi... ››› more
  • [17 March 2016]
  • You can discriminate against employees... And avoid paying millions!
  • With all the recent hype in the media about racism and unfair discrimination, I know you're cringing at the penalties of R2.7 million or 10% of your turnover, you could face for discrimination! But what if I told you there are times you can discriminate? Well, there are. You just need to bear in mind, it still has to be for fair reasons... So let's see when you can fairly discriminate... ... ››› more
  • [10 March 2016]
  • 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 yo... ››› more
  • [22 February 2016]
  • How submitting your employment equity report could lead to a R2.7 million fine!
  • You can't legally submit an EE Report to the DoL if you don't have a valid EE Plan in place. So since you submitted your EE Report, the DoL expects that if they visit you, you'll show them your fully compliant, 100% complete EE Plan. But if you don't have an EE Plan, or it's not fully compliant of the 26 recent amendments to the Employment Equity Act, you could face fines of up to 10% of your t... ››› more
  • [28 January 2016]
  • NEWS: First ever EE Awards held. Stern warnings on non-compliance
  • As reported by SABC News, Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, said that inequality is still very much alive and well in many workplaces around the country. He shared these words on Thursday 15th October at the country's very first Employment Equity Awards, in which the South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC) won the overall public sector award and Pick 'n Pay won the overall private sector awa... ››› more
  • [16 October 2015]
  • 1 October deadline is approaching. Are your EE forms ready?
  • 1 October is around the corner. If you're a designated employer, you know you must report on your Employment Equity (EE) efforts by this date every year. Or 14 January if you submit it electronically. But, do you know which forms you need to submit to the Department of Labour? Are your forms ready? You might take this lightly but one of our readers contacted us in a frantic. She wasn't ... ››› more
  • [28 September 2015]
  • Are you willing to risk 10% of your turnover because you didn't follow these five steps?
  • We've covered the Employment Equity Act (EEA) Regulations about equal work for equal pay quite extensively in the Labour Bulletin... And what they mean. Today, I want to give you five steps you can follow to make sure you're following these regulations. And avoid paying up to R2.7 million or 10% of your turnover! But first… A quick recap on equal work for equal pay and what it means It... ››› more
  • [07 September 2015]
  • Discrimination: What are the different kinds?
  • Discrimination in the workplace is generally considered a 'no-no' by law. So it is important that you understand what is, along with all of its different kinds. Failing to realise this can lead to fines up to R2.7 million or 10% of your turnover PER incident. So take note of the different kinds of discrimination and know exactly what they are: Unfair vs fair discrimination:  Fair ... ››› more
  • [27 August 2015]
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