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Amend the Employment Equity Act, 1998.

To amend the Employment Equity Act, 1998, so as to amend a definition; to insert certain definitions, to substitute a definition and to delete a definition; to provide for the Minister to identify sectoral numerical targets in order to ensure the equitable representation of suitably qualified people from designated groups; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

 The Employment Equity Amendment Bill, 2020 (‘‘the Bill’’), seeks to amend the Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No. 55 of 1998) (‘‘the Act’’). The amendments have the purpose of—

(a) empowering the Minister of Labour (‘‘the Minister’’) to determine sectoral numerical targets for the purpose of ensuring the equitable representation of suitably qualified people from designated groups (blacks, women and persons with disabilities) at all occupational levels in the workforce;

(b) enhancing the administration of the Act, including the implementation of section 53 thereof, which provides for the issuing of a certificate by the Minister confirming an employer’s compliance with Chapter II, or Chapters II and III, of the Act, as the case may be, in relation to the conclusion of State contracts;

(c) removing the requirement for psychological testing and similar assessments of employees to be certified by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (‘‘the Council’’); and

(d) removing a provision empowering non-designated employers to notify the Director-General of the Department of Labour (‘‘the Director-General’’) that they intend to voluntarily comply

 Should you wish to comment please send these inputs to: info@kwanalu.co.za by no later than 23 August 2020 to include in a submission.

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