Employment Equity

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EMPLOYMENT EQUITY Contents PAGE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2 INTRODUCTION 2 WHAT IS EMPLOYMENT EQUITY 3 HOW DOES IT WORK 3 - 4 WHAT IS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION 5 IMPLEMENATION OF AFFIRMITIVE & EMPLOYMENT EQUITY 6 - 7 OBSTACLES & CHALLENGES 7 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 8 CONCLUSION 8 BIBLIOGRAPHY 9 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This assignment deals with the Employment Equity Act of 19 October 1998. It covers the workings of the act in terms of equity and affirmative action and how it was implemented in Defy Appliances Ltd in 1999. It also covers some of the obstacles and challenges that were experienced by the company; as well as its success in other companies in South Africa…show more content…
Inspectors may inspect businesses and obtain undertakings from employers to comply with their duties in terms of the Act. Failing that, they may issue compliance orders, to which or against which an employer may object or appeal. Any party assessing compliance with the Act has discretion to consider a variety of factors amounting to whether the employer has made reasonable attempts, in his/her particular circumstances, to comply. The Director-General may conduct a review of whether an employer has complied with the Act and followed it with recommendations on methods of compliance. If that fails, the Director-General may refer the matter to the Labour Court, which is the ultimate Court which may enforce the provisions of the Act. Chapter II of the Act came into operation during 1998. Since the passing of the Act, the President, in terms of Section 65, determined that Chapter III and Sections 35 to 46, 58 and 65, and Schedules 1 and 4 would come into operation on 1 December 1999. WHAT IS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Section 15(1) of the Labour Relations Act defines ‘affirmative action measures’ as ‘measures designed to ensure that suitably qualified people from designated groups have equal employment opportunities and are equitably represented in all occupational categories and levels in the workplace of a designated employer’ (Section 15(1)). In short, affirmative
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