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earningsWith the implementation date for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) looming, companies and businesses that cannot afford the prescribed R20 minimum wage have urged to apply for exemption with the Department of Labour via the soon to be launched online system.  

Addressing employers on the exemption process in Pretoria on Tuesday, the department’s Mathilda Bergmann, Deputy Director: Employment Standards, told employers that exemptions could only be granted if every representative trade union/workers had been meaningfully consulted and all the required information by the system had been provided.  Bergmann emphasised to employers that employees should be provided with a copy of the application and a copy must be displayed at the workplace where it could be read by employees.  The exemption application process did not make provision for manual submissions and the process could only be accessed via the NMW website <> which would be running in due course.

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