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Four ways to ensure you're compliant with the Employment Equity Act

by , 26 February 2013
The Employment Equity Act (EEA) stipulates that your company needs to take measures to improve affirmative action. Here are four ways you can do this effectively in your company...

According to The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, affirmative action measures are intended to ensure that suitably qualified employees from designated groups have equal employment opportunity and are equitably represented in all occupational categories and levels of your workforce.'

As an employer, you must clearly spell out the measures you're taking to increase the opportunities for employment of previously disadvantaged people in your company.

Here are four ways to ensure your company takes measures to improve affirmative action

  1. Appoint members from designated groups. This includes transparent recruitment strategies such as appropriate and unbiased selection criteria, selection panels and targeted advertising for these designated groups.
  2. Increase the pool of available candidates. As an employer, you can increase the number of potential candidates through community investment and bridging programmes.
  3. Train and develop people from designated groups. 'These measures include access to training by members of designated groups, structured training and development programmes like learnerships, internships and accelerated training for new recruits,' says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
  4. Provide reasonable accommodation for people from designated groups. You need to ensure that you provide an enabling environment for disabled workers and workers with family responsibilities. This will ensure that they participate fully and improve productivity. 'Examples of reasonable accommodation include accessible working areas, modifications to buildings and facilities, and flexible working hours,' explains The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.

It's important to note that the Department of Labour can fine your company thousands of rand for not identifying and implementing affirmative action measures.

Taking these measures will ensure you implement affirmative action correctly and aren't in contravention of the EEA.



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