NMW Exemption Regulations Under Construction

Department of Labour

National Minimum Wage (NMW) Exemption Regulations will be published for public comment soon.

The labour department has announced that the drafted Regulations should be ready in a week's time.

This comes after employers were encouraged by the department to apply for exemption at a recent briefing session in Pretoria.

As the implementation date for the NMW is looming, companies and businesses that are unable to afford the prescribed R20 minimum wage are urged to apply for exemption before the implementation process begins.

An online system will be the only way to apply for exemption as the system does not make provision for manual submissions.

Exemptions can only be granted if every representative trade union/workers have been meaningfully consulted and all the information required by the system has been provided.

The decision process for the exemption will be influenced by the affordability analysis based on the assessment of the elements of the company's profitability, liquidity and solvency positions.

The next briefing session will take place on Friday 23 March in George.

Sabinet Cape Town Office