Tag archives: Employment equity

Coming Soon: Heightened Accountability and Transparency in Federal Employment Equity

In Canada, most federally regulated employers in the private and public spheres are subject to the Employment Equity Act, or in French, la Loi sur l’équité en matière d’emploi (the “Act”). First enacted in 1986, the Act’s objective is to ensure that federally regulated employers proactively engage in equitable practices that reduce barriers and counter disadvantages in employment with respect to the Act’s four designated groups: women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. Under this regime, employers are subject to reporting requirements regarding the fair and proportional representation of the four … Continue Reading

Bericht zur Gleichstellung und Entgeltgleichheit erstmals in 2018 aufzustellen!

Die Umsetzung guter Vorsätze: Erstmaliger Entgeltbericht nach dem Entgelttransparenzgesetz

Ganz oben auf der To-Do-Liste für 2018 steht – neben den Vorsätzen für das neue Jahr – für viele Unternehmen die erstmalige Aufstellung des Berichts zur Gleichstellung und Entgeltgleichheit nach dem Entgelttransparenzgesetz. Der Bericht ist im Jahr 2018 erstmals zu erstellen – Berichtszeitraum ist dabei das Kalenderjahr 2016 – und dem nächsten Lagebericht nach § 289 HGB als Anlage beizufügen sowie im Bundesanzeiger zu veröffentlichen.

Wer ist betroffen?

Betroffen sind alle Arbeitgeber mit in der Regel mehr als 500 Beschäftigten, die zur Erstellung eines Lageberichts (§§ 264 und 289 HGB) verpflichtet … Continue Reading

Employment Equity: proposed harsher punitive measures

 Whilst we have made some progress, there is still a long way to go as there are many who are still holding on to outdated historic tendencies … ‘Apartheid hangover’, others call it.” These were the words of Minister of Labour, Nelisiwe Mildred Oliphant, when she launched the 17th Commission for Employment Equity Annual Report (2016-2017) (the CEE report) in May 2017.

The Employment Equity Act (EEA), Skills Development Act, and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act are the main transformative instruments to redress fundamental market inequities and to eliminate discrimination on the basis of … Continue Reading

Consultation is the key to employment equity

This article was written by Mlungisi Khambule, an Associate Designate at Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa

The duty to consult appears throughout labour law.  It is also an important pillar to achieving employment equity in South Africa.  With the wave of department of labour inspections for employment equity compliance persisting, it is important to understand how a designated employer* can satisfy the consultation requirement and to understand exactly where it fits in as far as employment equity is concerned.

Section 16 of the Employment Equity Act, 1998 stipulates that a designated employer “must take reasonable steps to consult and attempt … Continue Reading

Affirmative action to be taken to court

This post was contributed by Kate Paterson

In July 2013, the trade union Solidarity will take the Department of Correctional Services to the Labour Court in Cape Town for what is anticipated will be a week-long trial of the constitutionality of the Department’s employment equity plan.

The plan is for the Department’s employees to be absolutely representative of the national population’s demographics by 2014.  Provincial implementation of the plan cannot diverge from these set targets.

The Department’s recruitment processes are regulated according to this plan, and any appointment from “non-designated” race groups needs to be sanctioned by the National … Continue Reading