What constitutes as affirmative action in terms of the EE Act?

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 22 Aug. 2014

Tags: ee act, employment equity act, employment equity, affirmative action

We’re certain you’re familiar with the Employment Equity Act (EE Act) and you know very well that it provides a framework for implementing affirmative action.

In fact, it says, designated employers must implement affirmative action measures.

But do you ever stop to think what constitutes as affirmative action in terms of the EE Act?

If not, here’s what you need to know so you can comply with the Act and achieve employment equity in your workplace.

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Here’s what you need to know if you’re not sure what constitutes as affirmative action in terms of the EE Act

Affirmative action describes measures designed to ensure that suitably qualified people from the designated groups are equitably represented in all the levels and categories of employment of a designated employer.

So what do affirmative action measures include?

According to the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, affirmative action measures include the following:

#1: Measures to identify and eliminate employment barriers, which include unfair discrimination, which adversely affect people from designated groups.

#2: Measures designed to promote diversity in the workplace based on equal dignity and respect of all people.

#3: Making reasonable accommodation for people from designated groups to ensure they enjoy equal opportunities and are equitably represented in your workforce.

#4: Giving preferential treatment to people from designated groups to ensure representation in all the occupational categories and levels in your workforce.

#5: Retaining and developing people from the designated groups and to implement appropriate training measures.

#6: Promoting skills development in line with the relevant legislation.

Just remember that you can’t just hire any black candidate for the sake of affirmative action. You must make sure you’re doing it in line with your affirmative action plan. The candidate must have the skill or you must have a plan to skill him up.

Now that you know what constitutes as affirmative action in terms of the EE Act, comply so you can achieve employment equity in your workplace.

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