The Employment Equity Amendment Bill was approved for submission to Parliament at the Statement on the Cabinet Meeting held on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 at Parliament, Tuynhuys in Cape Town. The Commissioner of Employment Equity (CEE) released the bill for consideration in October 2019.
In summary, this bill aims to:
- regulate sector-specific Employment Equity (EE) targets and
- make an EE compliance certificate a prerequisite for accessing state contracts.
According to Cabinet; “The Bill promotes equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment through the elimination of unfair discrimination”. The passing of the bill will mean immediate compliance and a clear EE strategy for organisations to meet the new EE targets year on year.
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.
Slow workplace transformation means harsh measures to enforce Employment Equity (EE) compliance. The bill is approved to 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.
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.
Should you need any further information or assistance with Employment Equity advisory and implementation, please do not hesitate to contact us or call us on +27 11 442 2433.
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.
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