EE annual reporting deadline looms large

EE labour director cautions against waiting until the “last second”.

The deadline for employers to submit their annual 2021 employment equity (EE) reports is 15 January 2022. The reporting window opened on 1 September 2021 for both manual and online reporting.

Department of Employment and Labour director for employment equity (EE) Ntsoaki Mamashela advised employers to submit their reports on time and not wait until the “last second”. She warned that if the system is jammed with many people logging at the same time it runs the risk of crashing.

The 2021 report submission was preceded by a national series of advocacy workshops. The EE workshops focused on presenting provincial EE status, updates on EE amendments and sector targets, as well as EE inspections and enforcement in the labour market.

The Employment Equity Act came into being in 1998. The purpose of Employment Equity Act is to promote equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment through the elimination of unfair discrimination, implementing affirmative action measures to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups and to ensure their equitable representation in all occupational levels in the workforce.

Failure to abide with the provisions of the EE Act may result in imposition of fines.

Mamashela also acknowledged Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi’s submission of South Africa’s ratification instruments to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention (C190) that deals with violence and harassment in the workplace.

She said the signing would provide an ideal framework on the interpretation and implementation of the Employment Equity Act pertaining to violence and harassment, including gender-based violence in the workplace.

She said in order to give more protection to workers, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) is on course to finalise a code of conduct and guidelines on enforcement of mechanisms to deal with violence and harassment in the workplace by March 2022.