Ever since the DoL amended the Employment Equity Act (EE Act) in August last year, employers are asking a lot of questions about it.
After all, they know they only have until 1 April 2015 to comply with all the 26 changes. Or face fines of up to R2.7 million or 10% of turnover.
One thing most employers want to know is if there's a difference between the amended EE Act and the Employment Equity (EE) Regulations.
Read on to find out the answer.
Amended EE Act and the EE Regulations: Are they the same thing?
There's a difference between the amended EE Act and the EE Regulations.
And we understand why there could be a bit of confusion between the two.
On 1 August, the amended EE Act came into effect. On that same day, the DoL published new EE Regulations.
So what's the difference between the two?
Amended EE Act:
The aim of the EE Act
is to achieve equity in the workplace.
It requires employers to implement affirmative action measures and eliminate unfair discrimination in the workplace. This way, people who didn't have chances in the past can advance as well in all levels in the workforce.
The Act originally came into effect in 1998. But as you know, government changes laws from time to time. And it made changes to the EE Act
(this is the fourth amendment to the Act since its implementation in 1998). That's why we now have the 'amended EE Act
With the changes, government wants to make sure there's rapid employment equity in the workplace. It wasn't happy with the status quo.
Now take a look at what EE Regulations are and how they fit into this puzzle…
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There are 26 changes to the Employment Equity Act you must comply with in 2015...
If you don't comply with them, the DoL will be on your case.
In fact, the DoL could fine you 10% of your turnover or up to R2.7 million!
Discover how to check if you're complying with all of them to avoid crippling DoL fines.
Here's what you need to know about EE Regulations
'EE Regulations are a set of documents which link to the recently updated EE Act,'
says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
, we state that these regulations are significant because they're the 'how' that explains how to implement the EE Act
in your workplace so you can achieve employment equity.
For example, they tell you how to eliminate unfair discrimination, how to prepare and implement an Employment Equity Plan, how to submit employment equity reports and so much more. Follow this link to read the regulations.
So why is it so important for you to read the EE Regulations and then comply with the amended EE Act?
Government is serious about transformation in the workplace and it wants you to play your part. It's so serious it will fine you up to R2.7 million or 10% of your turnover if you don't comply. This big fine is just one of the changes that come with the Act.
To be on the safe side, get your hands on The Employment Equity Act Compliance Toolkit.
It will ensure you're complying with all 26 new Employment Equity amendments so you avoid penalties. Check it out now that you know the difference between the amended EE Act
and the EE Regulations and how they affect you.