Important: Employment Equity Legislation Amendments
In South Africa, we have much legislation governing how we do business, advising and guiding us on who to employ, how to employ, and how to manage those in our employ. These items of legislation change often and are amended almost annually, and so as an employer, one needs to be on top of them.
This is not always an easy task, as different Acts apply to different industries. Certain codes apply to certain size organisations. If you do not have an HR Team to assist you with this, it can often become a nightmare.
There are huge fines leviable for non-compliance, and labour inspectors are employed to find the boxes you have left unchecked, sometimes through no fault of your own, but unchecked nevertheless.
I would recommend subscribing to Government Gazettes, and doing some research once a month on all applicable websites, such as the Department of Labour, Department of Education, the SETA your organisation is registered with, and the Department of Trade and Industry. Ignorance is not an excuse for non-compliance and an excuse which the Government officials have grown weary of. Protect yourself, your organisation, and ultimately your employees, by making sure that you consult experts, and that you are always on the pulse of anything pertaining to the law. It will be one of the best decisions you ever make.