On 20 July 2020 the Minister of Employment and Labour gazette the published the Employment Equity Amendment Bill in the Government gazette. The bill aims to regulate sector-specific employment equity targets and make an employment equity compliance certificate a prerequisite for accessing state contracts. The bill proposes a number of substantial amendments to the Employment Equity Act and is intended to bring significant transformation in the country’s labour market.

However, it is not all doom and gloom for all. This bill will give a much desired break for small business by reducing the regulatory burden. Employers with a staff complement of less than 50 will no longer be required to report on their employment equity targets, irrespective of their turnover.

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