Parliament Seeks Comment on National Minimum Wage Bill

Department of Labour

The portfolio committee on labour has invited comment on the National Minimum Wage Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament at the end of November 2017.

It seeks to:

•    Provide for a national minimum wage;
•    Establish the National Minimum Wage Commission;
•    Provide for the composition and functions of the National Minimum Wage Commission;
•    Provide for the review and annual adjustment of the national minimum wage;
•    Provide for exemption from paying the national minimum wage;
•    Provide for transitional provisions in respect of farm workers and domestic workers; and
•    Provide for matters connected therein.

The committee has also called for comment on the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill.

Written comment on the three bills is invited until 16 March 2018.

Meanwhile, in terms of the Compensation Fund, the department recently announced during a briefing in parliament on the fund’s action plan that a post-traumatic stress disorder panel has been set up.

The panel has drawn up a regulation on compensation for post-traumatic stress disorders to be published for comment soon.

The department also announced that a rehabilitation policy and strategy has been developed. Pilot projects will commence in April 2018.

A revised assessment model that reduces classes of employers was ready for publishing. The model will be presented to the social partners at Nedlac in March 2018. Regulations will be published for comment in April 2018 with a planned implementation date of 1 April 2019.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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