Pretoria — Cabinet has encouraged all employers who have complied with the Employment Equity (EE) Act to enter the Employment Equity Awards 2015 before the closing date.
Entries for the awards close on 13 March 2015, said Minister for Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe at the post-Cabinet briefing in Cape Town on Thursday.
The event, hosted by the Commission for Employment Equity, recognises employers who have implemented strategies that ensure employment equity and diversity, while eliminating all unfair discriminatory practices.
The Employment Equity Amendment Act 2013 came into operation in August 2014 after being signed into law by President Jacob Zuma.
The amendments gave effect to constitutional rights like the right to equality, fair labour practices as well as protection against unfair discrimination.
They further strengthened the implementation and enforcement mechanisms of the Act by increasing fines for non-compliance and introducing the concept of equal pay for work of equal value.