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'Help! I don't know what the Employment Equity Act requires of my company?'

by , 12 August 2014
There's lot of talk about the Employment Equity Act (EE Act) at the moment.

Following government's decision to amend the Act, a lot of employers want to find out more about the original Act and its amendments so they can comply. They're very aware that failure to comply means they could get penalties that run into millions of rand.

One of the questions employers keep asking is: 'What does the Employment Equity Act require from my company?'

Read on to find out the answer so you can comply with the EE Act and avoid harsh penalties.

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Here's what the EE Act expects from your company

The Employment Equity Act has two objectives:

#1: It promotes equal opportunity and fair treatment for all workers through the removal of unfair discrimination. This applies to ALL employers operating in South Africa, regardless of the nature or size of their organisation.

#2: It provides a framework for implementing affirmative action to ensure demographic representation. This only applies to designated employers.

That's where you come in…

The EE Act calls on you to:

  • Eliminate unfair discrimination in your workplace; and
  • Implement positive measures to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups.

To comply with the Act, you should, for example, review all your policies and practices to find and eradicate any unfair discrimination.

When it comes to affirmative action, you should, for example, promote diversity. You can do this by looking at ways to attract people from previously disadvantaged groups or look at things that'll ensure their working environment is free from prejudice and unfair bias.

Take a look at this article – it contains your affirmative action duties.

There you have it. Now that you know the objectives of the EE Act and what it requires of your company, comply to avoid harsh penalties.

If you have any questions regarding the EE Act, feel free to ask our experts at the Labour & HR Club.

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