The Employment Equity Act promotes equal opportunity in the workplace and seeks to eliminate unfair discrimination.
Employers in South Africa have to submit their Employment Equity forms in order to remain compliant with the Employment Equity Act.
Ntsoaki Mamashela, The Department of Employment and Labour Director for Employment Equity (EE), has advised employers to submit the relevant forms before the 15 January 2022 deadline. She adds that failure to comply with provisions set out in the EE Act will result in fines.
She said, “The 2021 report submission was preceded by a national series of advocacy workshops. The EE workshops focused on presenting respective provincial EE status, updating on EE Amendments and EE Sector targets, how to access copies of the EEA2 Online by completing EEA11 form, including 2021 EE reporting, and EE inspections and enforcement in the labour market”.
The Employment Equity Act of 1998 seeks to promote equal opportunity and fair treatment in the workplace. It also requires the implementation of Affirmative Action (AA) policies to redress the disadvantages experienced by workers from designated groups. It also wants equitable representation in the workplace.
Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi recently also submitted South Africa’s ratification instruments to the International Labour Organization on Convention (C190).
Convention C90 deals with violence and harassment in the workplace. Mamashela commended the minister's submission as she believes it will provide the ideal framework for the implementation of the EE act regarding to violence, harassment and gender-based violence.