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Three tips to help you get in line with amendments to the EEA

by , 25 September 2014
As you know, the amended Employment Equity Act (EEA) came into effect on 1 August 2014.

Now your big task is to get in line with the amendments. This isn't negotiable, especially when you consider that government has increased non-compliance penalties.

Penalties now range from R1.5 million to R2.7 million. They could basically cripple your business.

Because our labour experts know you can't afford to take that risk, they've put together three useful tips to help you get in line with amendments to the EEA.

Take a look at the tips below.


Use these three tips to comply with amendments to the EEA
 

Tip #1: Understand what's required of you

Experts behind the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management say before you make any changes, you need to understand exactly what's required by the new amendments.

You must read the amendments in conjunction with the Employment Equity Act so that you make sure your company is compliant with all the provisions of the Act and not just the new amendments.

It's also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the EE regulations. They're the 'how' that explains how to implement the Employment Equity Act in your workplace so you can achieve employment equity.

 
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What you need to know about the 26 new Employment Equity amendments to comply from 01 August 2014

The new EE amendments will affects dozens of other work areas you may think EE doesn't effect.

But today, I want to hand you the one checklist that'll ensure you're complying with each and every one of them.

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Tip #2: Have an EE amendments implementation project

Your project plan should set deadlines for the development of step-by-step plans to:
 
  • Train suitably qualified people from designated groups;
  • Implement your employment equity plan;
  • Eliminate employment barriers that adversely affect people from designated groups; and
  • Review your recruitment procedures to ensure that your company appoints and promotes suitably qualified people from designated groups.
 
Tip #3: Monitor and enforce deadlines

Keep a firm eye on the progress of the EE amendments implementation project and get regular updates from your project personnel.

The experts add that, 'once you incorporate all the amendments into your EE endeavours, you'll be able to refocus your attention on monitoring to ensure the EE Plan is being followed and implemented and that your company is making strides in achieving employment equity in your workplace.'

If you want to get in line with the EEA and avoid penalties, use these three tips.

Find out how to implement the new EE Act changes here.

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