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Urgent alert: Get your EE plan in order today - before a DoL EE auditor knocks on YOUR door!

by , 04 April 2014
South Africa is always being criticised for failing to implement the great laws that it has. But the Department of Labour (DoL) wants to change all of this. Not only has it amended the Employment Equity Act (EE Act) earlier this year, but it's also conducting more EE audits to make sure you're complying. Read on to find out what you need to do to comply with the EE Act so you can avoid fines of as much as R2.7million...

The DoL are conducting more and more EE audits every month, warns Global Business Solutions.

The labour law, Human Resources and Industrial Relations consultancy says it's in your best interest to try to avoid one of the new harsh EE penalties of 2% of your turnover.

And one way to do that is to ensure your employees and your Employment Equity Committee members are properly trained on equity matters.

Here's what to do…

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The Employment Equity Act has changed!

Tips, Tools & advice to implement Employment Equity in your company

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Make members of your Employment Equity Committee aware of their duties

Our experts here at FSP Business say that, when it meets, your EE committee must:
 

  • Assess and recommend affirmative action measures.
  • Review the EE Report that specifies whether the numerical targets and goals as well as the affirmative action objectives were reached.
  • Analyse the workplace demographic.
  • Assess staff requirements
  • Assess the policies and procedures of the company for direct or indirect discrimination.


Another thing you MUST do to comply with the EE Act is to have an Employment Equity (EE) Plan

Since the DoL is getting more vigorous with EE audits, you can be sure it'll focus on your level of compliance regarding the EE Plan.

In this article, we told you that the DoL says you must prepare and implement an EE Plan as this plan will help you reach employment equity in your workplace.

Your EE Plan must show:
 

  • Objectives for every year;
  • What affirmative action measures you'll implement;
  • Where black people, women and people with disabilities aren't represented, you must show numerical goals to reach this, timetables and strategies;
  • Timetables for annual objectives;
  • The duration of the plan;
  • The procedures you'll use to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the plan;
  • Ways to solve disputes about the plan; and
  • People responsible for implementing the plan.


The bottom line: The DoL is getting tough on employment equity. So make sure you're in line with the EE Act so you won't have anything to worry about when it pays you a visit every month.

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