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Employment Equity: Make sure the following people are on your EE Committee

by , 05 March 2014
The Employment Equity Act of 1988 is serious about transformation in the workplace. In fact, it requires designated employers to have an Employment Equity (EE) Committee. The purpose of this committee is to implement employment equity (EE) in your company. Continue reading to find out about the type of people who should be on your EE Committee.

Who should be on your company's EE Committee?

How your company's EE committee is made up is important. It must represent all job levels, all designated groups as well as non-designated groups.

You must have people from the following occupational levels:

  • Top management;
  • Senior management;
  • Professionally qualified and experienced specialists and mid-management;
  • Skilled technical and academically qualified workers, junior management, supervisors, foremen and superintendents;
  • Semi-skilled and discretionary decision-making; and
  • Unskilled and defined decision-making.

The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service says if you have a representative trade union, you must either invite the union to nominate a representative to sit on the EE Committee or you must consult with the Union separately on all EE matters.

Warning! It's not enough to put an EE Committee together! You must ensure it does its duties and implements employment equity

In this article, we told you that when it meets, the EE committee must:

  • Assess and recommend affirmative action measures.
  • Review the EE Report that specifies whether the numerical targets and goals as well as the affirmative action objectives were reached.
  • Analyse the workplace demographic.
  • Assess staff requirements
  • Assess the policies and procedures of the company for direct or indirect discrimination.

Knowing about the type of people who must be on your EE Committee will bring you a step closer to complying with the EE Act.

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