Comment Sought on Employment Equity Amendment Bill

Department of Labour

A draft bill designed to empower the labour minister to establish sectoral numerical targets to ensure the equitable representation of designated groups at all levels of the workforce has been published for comment.

The labour department published the Draft Employment Equity Amendment Bill in Government Gazette 41922.

The bill seeks to amend the Employment Equity Act of 1998 so as to:

•    insert new provisions to allow the Minister of Labour to establish sectoral numerical targets for the purpose of ensuring the equitable representation of suitably qualified people from designated groups (blacks, women and persons with a disability) at all occupational levels in the workforce; and
•    enhance the administration of the Act, including the implementation of section 53 concerning state contracts.

Comment is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.

The department also published, in notice 993, Draft Employment Equity Regulations for comment.

The draft regulations seek to insert sections on determination of numerical targets, duty to report, income differentials and discrimination, service of compliance order and certificate in terms of section 53 into the regulations.

Designated employers will be expected to submit an income differential statement to the National Minimum Wage Commission.

In terms of determining a numerical target, any relevant criteria can be taken into account including qualification, skills, rate of turn-over and natural attrition within a sector and recruitment and promotional trends within a sector.

Comment is also invited within 60 days of the date of publication.

Sabinet Cape Town Office