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What does the DoL say about the Employment Equity Act?

by , 04 March 2014
The Department of Labour (DoL) has a lot to say about the Employment Equity Act (EE Act). Continue reading to find out what it says so you won't be caught off guard especially now that the Act has been amended.

What's the DoL and what does it do?

Before we get to what the DoL says about the EE Act, we first need to explain what the department does.

According to Labour.gov.za the Department of Labour publishes legislation that regulates labour practices and activities. Its mission is to regulate the South Africa labour market for a sustainable economy through:
 

  • Appropriate legislation and regulations;
  • Inspection, compliance monitoring and enforcement;
  • Protection of human rights;
  • Provision of employment services;
  • Promoting equity;
  • Social and income protection; and
  • Social dialogue.


So what does the DoL say about the Employment Equity Act?

The DoL says the EE Act applies to all employers and workers and protects workers and job seekers from unfair discrimination and also provides a framework for implementing affirmative action.

According to the department, the provisions for affirmative action apply to:

  • Designated employers;
  • Municipalities;
  • Organs of the state;
  • Employers ordered to comply by a bargaining council agreement; and
  • Any employers who volunteer to comply.


Note: The Act only applies to employers, workers and job applicants, but not to members of the:

  • National Defence Force;
  • National Intelligence Agency; and
  • South African Secret Service.


In its efforts to fulfill its mandate, the DoL recently made amendments to the Employment Equity Act. We reported yesterday that the latest development is that the DoL has published the employment equity regulations for public comment.

The bottom line: The DoL is getting tough when it comes to employment equity and is there to ensure your company is in line with the EE Act. So make sure you comply.

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