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You have to 'consult' in order to be compliant with the EE Act. But what does that mean? Find out here

by , 23 March 2016
In order to be fully compliant with the EE Act, you're required to accommodate 'consultation'. And failure to do this can lead to heavy fines being imposed on you.

'Consultation' can be with a representative trade union or, if you don't have a union, with employees or their nominated representatives.

But most designated employers have an EE Forum for these 'consultations'.

But now what exactly are these 'consultations'?

Let's take a look...


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EE 'consultations' refer to discussions over Employment Equity matters with your EE Forum.
Some of the areas to be looked into and discussed are:

Area#1: Analysis

The forum must look at how you carry out analyses of current employment policies and practices in order to identify any barriers which impact on employees from designated groups.

The analyses should be both numerical and qualitative.

Area#2: Barrier removal

Upon identifying any potential barriers to members from designated groups in the workplace, the Forum must look at how you remove the barriers. 

Area#3: Affirmative Action Measures

The Forum must look at how you form effective Affirmative Action measures.

 Measures to be discussed should include:

·         The appointment of members from designated groups;
·         Furthering diversity in the workplace;
·         Increasing the pool of available candidates;
·         Promotion of people from designated groups; etc.

Area#3: Numerical goals and targets

The EE Forum should look into and discuss how you set numerical goals and targets.

Various factors to be considered when setting these targets include:

·         The degree of under-representation of employees from designated groups within your company in each occupational level;
·         The demographics of the economically-active population of the province as well as the country;
·         The pool of suitably qualified individuals from designated groups; etc.

*To learn all the other areas which your EE Forum should consult on, in order to be compliant, as well as to see what makes your EE forum 'viable', simply page over to Chapter E 29 in your Practical Guide to Human Resources Management handbook.

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