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parliamentBL Premium reports that the cabinet has approved and sent to parliament draft legislation that will empower the employment & labour minister to intervene and set transformation targets in the workplace.  

Until now, the government required only “reasonable progress” on workplace transformation.  Thembinkosi Mkhaliphi, chief director of labour relations at the department, advised that the bill would give the minister power to set sector targets that would have to be complied with because transformation had not sufficiently progressed in the 21 years since the enactment of the Employment Equity Act (EEA).  The EEA amendment bill of 2020 will empower the minister in consultation with sector stakeholders to introduce sector-specific employment equity targets.  The Commission for Employment Equity 2018 report, which was released in August 2019, showed that since the adoption of the EEA little transformation has taken place in the workplace, especially in the middle and upper ranks.  “The bill will also reduce the reporting burden on small businesses because if a company employs fewer than 50 people, irrespective of its turnover, it won’t have to report on its employment equity targets.  Labour consultant Tony Healy said the amendment was a “good idea” because workplace demographics in 2020 were still “skewed in favour of [the] white male”.  But, labour analyst Michael Bagraim described the bill as “ridiculous”, saying it would strangle businesses because employers wanted to employ people who could do the work and not to necessarily meet some transformation targets.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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