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nedlacThe Citizen reports that companies that fail to implement the national minimum wage (NMW) could face penalties, which could be harsher for deliberate avoidance.  

However, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) has yet to deliberate on what penalties should be imposed upon employers who breached the law.  The focus has been on the passing of the law and its signing by President Cyril Ramaphosa after elements of it were refined by parliament.  Labour federations Cosatu and Fedusa said they were looking forward to the day the payment of the NMW minimum wage became a reality.  The new wage set-up would make it easy for them as all employers would be required to comply, otherwise they could be charged, after the penalty situation was finalised.  They envisaged resistance by many employers, expecting some to plead poverty or display an outright ignorance of the new wage dispensation.  Fedusa general secretary Dennis George indicated:  “If some employers say they can’t afford the minimum wage, they must apply for exemption.  But you can’t say you can’t pay without giving a convincing reason.”


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