At the beginning of October 2019, the Commissioner of Employment Equity (CEE) released a bill that aims to:
- regulate sector-specific Employment Equity (EE) targets and
- make an EE compliance certificate a prerequisite for accessing state contracts.
The bill will be tabled in parliament and is intended to FastTrack transformation in corporate South Africa, particularly within the private sector, where historically the rate of transformation has been slow.
This bill re-emphasizes how important it is for companies to actively transform their workplace thorough:
- Implementing a dedicated and active EE committee;
- Developing an EE plan and commitment to transformation; and
- Ensuring compliance to all EE regulations.
A lack of transformation in the workplace could result in your company being deemed non-compliant. This could present serious business risks or implications in the form of fines, penalties and non-access to work.
Call Transcend should you need assistance with advisory and implementation around the EE act.
Fast Facts – Did you know?
According to the World Economic Forum, projecting current trends into the future, the overall gender gap will take 108 years to close!
In South Africa, for every ten men, eight women are employed or actively looking for work, even though women make up more than half of the working-age population. Gender inequality is only one of a few disadvantages in employment that the EE Act seeks to redress. Top positions, senior and professional ranks, are still dominated by whites – and by males.
This reality has prompted the Department of Employment and Labour to fast-track amendments to the EE Act that will soon empower the Labour Minister to not only regulate sector-specific targets but will also make EE compliance a prerequisite for accessing State Contracts and doing business with the State.
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