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Use these three steps to implement Employment Equity in your workplace...

by , 27 July 2015
As an employer, you have a legal obligation to comply with the Employment Equity Act (EEA). And I know you're aware of the steep fines that come with non-compliance.

But today I don't want to dwell too much on the fines. Instead, I'll give you three steps you can take to help you comply with the EEA and avoid paying up to R2.7 million or 10% of your revenue.

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Three steps to implement Employment Equity in your workplace

Step #1: Educate and train all your staff
You must educate your staff on what the EEA says and the rights and obligations of both employers and employees. Remember to communicate any changes in EE Act amendments.

It's also important to train any EE representative forum (e.g. your Employment Equity Committee) so they've got expert knowledge on the full content of the Act as well as their responsibilities and reporting requirements.

Step #2: Appoint an employment equity manager
The EE Act requires you to appoint a senior manager to implement and monitor EE in your company. This person can also be the EE Committee Chairperson. Ensure your appointed EE Manager (who's often nominated at Board or top management level) has sufficient authority to guide the process and implement the recommendations of the committee. He should also have sufficient positional authority to ensure EE matters aren't swept aside in favour of other business priorities.

The EE Manager must be a permanent employee. Add the key employment equity outcomes into his performance contract as a Key Performance Area (KPA).

Your EE Manager must develop a constitution to govern the EE process that includes the term of office of elected members, timing of meetings, re-election processes and the scope and powers of the committee and the process the committee must follow to communicate with stakeholders.

Step #3: Form an Employment Equity Committee
Once you've completed the training you need to form an EE Committee. See chapter E24 of your Practical Guide to Human Resources Management for details on how to set up the committee and their responsibilities.

These three steps will get you started in implementing employment equity in your workplace. To see all six steps, turn to chapter E03: Employment equity unfair discrimination of your Practical Guide to Human Resources Management. Still don't have a copy? Get one here

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