Four 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 required to prepare an EE Plan for achieving employment equity in the workplace.
In preparing your EE plan, here are four important elements it must contain...
Element#1: Total duration of your plan:
Your EE plan mustn't be shorter than one year, or longer than five years.
Element#2: Goals for each year of your plan:
You need to set out what EE measures you are planning for each year.
Your goals must consider the intended result and your company's circumstances.
Also, they must fall in line with your company's broader business strategy.
Element#3: Affirmative Action Measures
You must set out what steps you are taking in order to increase the opportunities for previously disadvantaged people at your company.
Such steps can relate to the:
· appointment of members from designated groups;
· furthering diversity;
· promotion of people from designated groups;
· retention of people from designated groups; etc.
Element#4: Numerical targets for your plan:
For each year of your plan, you must set out and give details on your numerical goals for achieving equitable representation in your company.
But when developing your numerical goals, there are various factors that need to be considered.
*To find out what those factors are, go to Chapter E 04, page 025,
in your Labour Law for Managers
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