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WHAT IS AN EMPLOYMENT EQUITY PLAN

It is a plan that is required by the Employment Equity Act (EEA) of South Africa for all employers with 50 or more employees. The EEP must set out the employer's goals and objectives for achieving equity in the workplace, and must include measures to address any disparities in the employer's workforce.

The EEA defines employment equity as "a proactive and systematic approach to ensure that all people, regardless of their race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibility, age, disability, HIV status, religion, belief, political affiliation, or trade union membership, have equal opportunities in all aspects of employment."

The EEP must be developed and implemented by an employer's EE committee, which is a group of employees who are responsible for overseeing the implementation of the employer's EEP. The EE committee must be representative of the employer's workforce, and must include employees from all levels of the organization.

The EEP must be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to ensure that it remains relevant and effective. The EEA requires employers to submit an annual employment equity report to the Department of Labour. The report must provide information on the employer's workforce, its policies and practices, and its progress in implementing the EEP.

Here are some of the key components of an EEP:

  • Goals and objectives: The EEP must set out the employer's goals and objectives for achieving equity in the workplace. These goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound.

  • Measures: The EEP must include measures to address any disparities in the employer's workforce. These measures may include:

    • Recruitment and selection

    • Training and development

    • Promotion

    • Remuneration

    • Grievance procedures

  • Monitoring and evaluation: The EEP must include a process for monitoring and evaluating the employer's progress in implementing the EEP. This process should include regular reviews of the EEP and the employer's policies and practices.

The EEP is an important tool for employers to create a more equitable workplace for all employees. By developing and implementing an EEP, employers can ensure that their workplaces are fair and inclusive for all.


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