Employment Equity Reports Under the Spotlight

Department of Labour

Employers who have failed to submit reports in terms of the Employment Equity Act will be referred to the Labour Court.

The labour department’s director-general, Thobile Lamati, revealed this during the release of the 15th Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) Annual Report and the 2014 Employment Equity Public Register.

The director-general indicated that the number of employment equity reports received by the Employment Equity Register had increased by 10.4% between 2012 and 2014.

The referral of employers to the Labour Court was part of the department’s efforts to enforce the amendments to the Employment Equity Act introduced last year.

According to Mr Lamati, 77 designated employers are in the process of being referred to the Labour Court for a fine while 1 400 will follow thereafter.

He added that the CEE annual report did not “paint a good picture on transformation in our workplaces and in the country in general, whether from a sector point of view or from a provincial point of view”.

Sabinet Cape Town Office