DoL inspectors can interview members of your EE committee when doing inspections... Here's what they'll ask
The Department of Labour (DoL) regularly conducts Employment Equity (EE) inspections to make sure you're complying with the Employment Equity Act (EE Act) and are taking steps to achieve employment equity in your workplace.
I'm certain you're aware that during this inspection DoL officials check certain records. But, what you may not be aware of is in addition to checking your records, DoL inspectors can interview members of your Employment Equity (EE) committee when doing inspections.
Keep reading to find out what they'll ask so you can ensure everything is in order when the DoL comes knocking on your door.
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Here's what DoL inspectors will ask members of your EE committee when doing inspections
According to the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service
, DoL inspectors can interview members of the EE Committee or any other employee or manager at your company. They will:
Interview EE Committee members first and ask them to explain the Committee's role, etc.
Ask EE Committee members or any other employees if the company consults employees according to the EE Act.
In this article
, we explain that in terms of the EE Act, you must consult with your employees so they can get involved in EE forums or in the EE Committee. This process allows your employees to choose who they'd like to represent them on the Committee.
Check if you communicate EE information to employees by asking employees if they know about EE issues, their rights and obligations.
In addition to asking your EE committee all the above, DoL inspectors will want to see your Employment Equity (EE) Plan and assess whether you're actually doing what your EE Plan says you'll do.
Here's the bottom line: EE inspections
aren't just about the DoL checking your records. DoL inspectors will also interview your EE Committee, any other employee or manager at your company – so make sure everything is in order.
Find out how to implement the new EE Act changes here.