Employment Equity

Are you a small- to medium-sized business and have questions regarding Employment Equity? It is critical that every South African SME ensures it is compliant with the legislative requirements and understands how Employment Equity requirements impacts their business.

In terms of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 (EEA), a company is required to have an Employment Equity Plan if it has over 50 employees or a turnover above the designated thresholds.

Significant penalties are imposed if a company is found to be non-compliant and can range between R1.5 million and 10% of an organisation’s annual turnover.

Some of the most commonly asked questions by SMEs include:

  • Does my business need to submit an Employment Equity Return?
  • What happens if I don’t submit?
  • What do I need to do in order to submit an Employment Equity Return?
  • When do I need to submit Employment Equity Return?
  • How do I know if my company fulfills the requirements for EE submission?

The HR Studio team are experts in the Employment Equity space. We offer a full turnkey solution for all your requirements and will assist your organisation from start to finish. We provide a free consultation.

Our comprehensive Employment Equity service includes:

  • Setting up the Foundation
  • Policy Updates & Amendments (Where policies already exist)
  • Policy Development (Where policies do not exist)
  • Creation of an Employment Equity Committee
  • Providing full support and guidance to Employment Equity Committee members
  • Preparation of an Employment Equity Plan
  • Submission of the Employment Equity Plan

What will we do for your business:

  • Conduct a full audit of your business to assess your Employment Equity requirements. We would then set up the foundation for you to ensure everything is in place for submission.
  • Perform an employee breakdown to determine the level of each employee based on the categories set out by the Labour Department.
  • Assist you in determining the members of the Employment Equity Committee according to the criteria set out by the Department of Labour.
  • Train the Committee members on Employment Equity and provide them with a comprehensive brief on their responsibilities.
  • Update your current Company Policies to ensure compliance or develop the required Company Policies for your business.
  • Develop a compliant Employment Equity Plan to suit your business needs.
  • Compile your annual Employment Equity report.
  • Create the agenda for and attend the first Employment Equity Committee meeting.
  • Facilitate an Employment Equity meeting with your Committee and conduct monitoring and evaluation.
  • Register and load your business on the Department of Labour website and get your organisation ready for submission
  • Load all required reports online for submission to the Department of Labour by required due date.