PRETORIA, South Africa, January 11, 2022 / APO Group / –
The deadline for employers to submit their 2021 annual employment fairness (EE) reports is January 15, 2022.
The presentation of annual equity plans is prescribed in accordance with the Employment Equity Law. The reporting window opened on September 1, 2021 for manual and online reporting. The manual reporting season closed on October 1, 2021.
The Director of the Department of Employment and Labor for EE, Ntsoaki Mamashela, advised employers to submit their reports on time and not wait until the last ‘second’. Mamashela warned that if the system is stuck with many people logging in at the same time, you run the risk of crashing.
The presentation of the 2021 report was preceded by a national series of advocacy workshops. EE workshops focused on presenting:
respective condition of provincial EE; Update on EE amendments and EE sector targets; How to access copies of EEA2 Online by completing the EEA11 form, including the 2021 EE reports; and the inspections and application of EE in the labor market.
The Employment Equity Law came into force in 1998. The purpose of the Employment Equity Law is to promote equal opportunities and fair treatment in employment through the elimination of unfair discrimination, implementing action measures affirmative to redress the employment disadvantages experienced by designated groups and to ensure their equitable representation at all occupational levels of the workforce.
Failure to comply with the provisions of the EE Law may lead to the imposition of fines.
Mamashela also took some time and praised the Minister of Employment and Labor, TW Nxesi, for submitting South Africa’s instruments of ratification to the International Labor Organization (ILO) on the Convention (C190) dealing with violence and harassment in work place. Mamashela said that the signature would provide an ideal framework for the interpretation and implementation of the Employment Equity Act related to violence and harassment, including gender-based violence in the world of work.
He said that to provide more protection for workers, Nedlac is on track to finalize a code of conduct and guidelines on applying mechanisms to address violence and harassment in the workplace by March 2022.
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