Compliant employers to be rewarded

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Companies that comply with the implementation of the Employment Equity Act
will be recognised and rewarded for their efforts by the the Department of Labour
(DoL) according to Deputy Director, Masilo Lefika.


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Department of Labour?s Deputy Director at EE Directorate, Masilo Lefika said the
intention in the future was to reward and encourage companies that do better in
their implementation of Employment Equity (EE) plans.
"The stick approach is often not a solution. We do not want to resort to carrying
a "death rope? because our intention is not to kill business,' Lefika said. He said EE
implementation was not a once-off activity, but a process.
The Department of Labour plans to introduce annual EE Awards in recognition of
employers that advance employment equity in their organisations. The Awards - it is
hoped would reverse within organisations what the 2012-2013 Commission for
Employment Equity (CEE) Report called - the "Deep hole? syndrome whereby "things
get darker as you go deeper'.
Lefika said despite the recent Commission for Employment Equity Report that
showed an appalling picture on the implementation of the EE legislation, the Director
General?s Review showed that there were employers that were trying very hard to
realise the objectives of the EE in their organisations.
He was speaking in Kimberley, Northern Cape (August 20) during an EE
workshop. This year the department is conducting the workshops targeting specific
sectors in each province. In the Northern Cape the focus is on the Agriculture,
Construction and Wholesale Sectors.
The EEA is currently undergoing amendments in Parliament. A formal process
towards the changes started in 2010 to identify areas for review and amendment in
the EE Act for the first time since its promulgation in 1998.
The objective of the amendments to the EEA is to give effect to fundamental
constitutional rights such as the - right to equality, fair labour practices and
protection against unfair discrimination. It is also intended to strengthen the
implementation and enforcement mechanism of the Act and ensure equal payment for
work of equal value.

The Department of Labour hopes that by the end of the national roadshows in
September 2013 participants should: be well informed about the status of EE in their
respective Sector(s); be able to do online reporting successfully; and be well
informed about the critical areas of the EEA amendments.
The department wishes to remind employers that the 2013 EE reporting season
will begin next month. The submission season will open for both manual and
electronic submissions. Manual submissions close on the 1st October 2013 while on
online submissions will close on 15 January 2014.

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