Don’t leave out these three steps when preparing your Employment Equity Plan

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 21 Aug. 2014

Tags: employment equity, ee plan, employment equity act, ee act, employment equity plan

One of your duties as a designated employer is to prepare an Employment Equity (EE) Plan to achieve employment equity in your company.

What usually happens is employers prepare this plan, but they leave out important steps. As a result, they get harsh penalties.

You can’t afford to fall into the same trap especially considering that non-compliance penalties have increased hugely. You could get up to R2.7 million for non-compliance!

Keep reading to discover the three steps you must never leave out when you prepare your Employment Equity Plan so you’ll comply with the Employment Equity Act (EE Act) and avoid harsh penalties.

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Three steps you must never leave out when preparing your Employment Equity Plan

#1: You must have internal dispute resolution mechanisms

You must have internal procedures for resolving any dispute about the interpretation and implementation of the plan.
If your existing dispute resolution procedures are appropriate, use them and if necessary adapt them to employment equity needs.

#2: Identify people to monitor and implement the plan

Your plan must clearly indicate the names and designations of all members of your workforce who are involved in implementing and monitoring your company’s progress in terms of EE, says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.

#3: Internal monitoring and evaluation procedures

It’s essential for you to keep employment equity records and effectively monitor and evaluate the plan. Keep things like:

  • EE Committee agendas;
  • Minutes; and
  • Any other discussion papers regarding EE issues.
There you have it: You can’t afford to miss these three steps when preparing your EE Plan. Include them so you can comply with the EE Act and avoid penalties.

To get a full list of the steps you must include in your EE Plan, check out the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.

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