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southafricalogoIndependent Media reports that the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) says employers and companies will have to meet a set of stringent conditions before being issued with an employment equity (EE) compliance certificate, which is a prerequisite for contracts with the state and any of its organs.

In terms of proposed Employment Equity Act amendments, the criteria for non-designated employers – companies employing less than 49 employees – are to comply with the national minimum wage or prove that they have been granted exemption and have no CCMA unfair discrimination awards against them. Designated employers – entities employing 50 or more employees – will have to submit annual employment equity reports; comply with the national minimum wage (NMW) or prove that they have been granted exemption not to pay the NMW; and comply with their own annual employment equity targets towards achievement of the five-year sector targets. Those employers should also not have CCMA unfair discrimination awards against them in the previous 12 months. The DEL said that with the proposed amendments, compliance certificate exemptions would be granted only when there were justifiable reasons, including insufficient recruitment opportunities; insufficient target individuals from the designated groups with the relevant qualifications, skills and experience; and insufficient promotion opportunities. Other reasons would include transfer of business; merger/acquisitions; and impact on business economic circumstances, for example the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jonisayi Maromo at Independent Media


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