October 1st marks the opening of the Employment Equity (EE) report submission to the Department of Labour. All companies are called to submit their plans no matter the size of the business, however it becomes compulsory once you hit 50 employees, or when you reach a certain industry threshold.
We usually find that there is a stigma when it comes to understanding Employment Equity, and how to go about it. We would like to shed some light on this subject in order to broaden understandings on EE, as well as advise business owners on the correct process to follow.
1. To uncover the veil of the unknown get to know the Employment Equity Act for what it is. And let us tell you, Employment Equity is more than just an annual submission.A valuable tip would be to read legal documents (like this Act) and interpret what it means by using common sense.
Simply put, the EE act is there to make sure that we are making the most of SA talent pools, and if we take on it with a fresh look and commitment, we are sure that all employees will happily comply, and take what the Act says even further.
2. Submit your reports as soon as possible. In this way you are making it clear to the Department of Labour where your workforce started, where you currently are, and where you would like to be. In this way it becomes much easier to pintpoint where your challenges are, and to think of ways to tackle them together with the Department.
3. The more you involve your HR Department in your recruitment and training strategies, the better off you will be in ensuring that your company is EE compliant and importantly that you are acquiring and retaining the best talent.
Does this take a full-on HR department (let¹s say of 5 staff members)? No! It takes one committed person that understands what you are striving for, and helps you navigate through HR procedures swiftly. You will reap the rewards when starting EE practices earlier, which would result in the actual submission process being simpler and easier, as you have already done all the leg work.
4. Lastly, if you are new to all of this and you don¹t have time to figure it out yourself, come ask the professionals. Outsourced HR businesses like us are here to make it easier for you. We will explain the process, guide you through it, and submit your reports for you.
E-mail us or call us for more information!
Virtue HR Solutions