The question of why the Employment Equity Act is important, as well as whether it is relevant, is still raised. This article will answer these burning questions by looking at the definition of what the Employment Equity Act is, as well as the purpose it serves.
According to the Department of Labour’s ‘Act Summary’, the Act has two main purposes, namely–
When the Employment Equity Act was passed in 1998 the political climate in South Africa was changing. While discrimination and inequality were the norm, there was a need to ensure change and to enhance equality in the South African workplace.
As you can see from the Department of Labour’s definition of the purposes of the Act, it was established as a means to address these inequalities.
The Employment Equity Act is relevant because of its potential to improve employment standards. This, in turn, results in a long-term improvement in the quality of and trust in South African businesses. If this is implemented properly, it has the potential to stabilise and improve our economy, which is certainly relevant, especially for those who rely on such fairness to ensure their employment and development.
Contact us to get the best possible advice from experts in the field of legal compliance. At SERR Synergy we are dedicated to helping businesses meet the requirements of the Employment Equity Act, for their own benefit and that of the country as a whole.
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