Hundreds of employers in the Free State were today (Wednesday) encouraged to take advantage of the newly created employment equity template to conduct their analysis thereby making it easier to report annually to the department of labour.

This followed an address by officials of the department at the packed road show in Bloemfontein.

Themba Nkosi, assistant director in employment equity directorate, said for employers to report adequately, they must take full advantage of an employment equity forum that includes workers in conducting and developing Employment Equity plan.

Nkosi said the objective of the Employment Equity regulated templates are to provide assistance on how to conduct an EE analysis as well as providing guidance on how to develop an Employment Equity plan.

He said employers must consult parties about conducting the analysis as per section 19 of the Act.

Preparations and implementations of the Employment Equity Act as per section 20 and the preparation and submissions of the Employment Equity report as per section 21.

He said a designated employer must prepare and implement an Employment Equity plan which will archive a reasonable progress towards Employment Equity in the employer’s workforce.

He said the Director General may apply to the Labour Court to impose a fine if a designated employer fails to prepare or implement an Employment Equity plan.

He said Employment Equity plan must state objectives to be archived for each of the plan, barriers and affirmative action measures, workforce profile, numerical goals and target, the duration of the plan, procedures to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the plan as well as internal procedures to resolve any dispute.

The road shows will continue in Durban’s Nkosi Albert Luthuli’s ICC Complex tomorrow.

Issued By: Mokgadi Pela

Acting Departmental Spokesperson – Department of Labour

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