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South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

11 October 2019

The Minister of Employment and Labour, Mr Thulas Nxesi, has recently expressed grave concerns about the rate of transformation in South African workplaces.  This concern has motivated him to fast track the amendment of the Employment Equity Act, saying that the amendment bill was submitted for parliamentary consideration during the last administration and that the amendments are at an advanced stage. These amendments signal a more aggressive approach to transformation which focus on enforcement measures.

It is essential for employers to familiarise themselves with the amendments to the Employment Equity Act, as failure to comply upon their enactment may result in gruelling labour inspector audits or hefty fines imposed by the Labour Court.

Should you require any assistance in ensuring your compliance with the Employment Equity Act, and the looming amendments, please contact us or book your seat on the EEA workshop that we are running on 30 October 2019.

Workshop Flyer - 30 October 2019

 

13 August 2019

As you are aware, SAEFA has been mandated to pursue private dispute resolution mechanisms for our members.  To this end, we have concluded arrangements with private, CCMA accredited dispute resolution providers who are prepared to offer a superior, private dispute resolution service at no additional cost.  However, before this service can be implemented, an exemption first needs to be sought and obtained from the MEIBC, a process which is currently underway.  Until such time as we are ready to introduce the private service for members, please be aware of the 4.7% increase in the Dispute Resolution Levy as from 1 August 2019

Please refer to the circular from the MEIBC below:

Circular

Retrenching?  Make sure you know what you are doing.

Business conditions in the sector continue to be abysmal for many companies and metal and engineering industry is now under more pressure than ever before.  Various economists are of the view that the effects of the global credit crisis have not even yet been fully felt.  This has, unfortunately, put many companies in a position where they now have to contemplate implementing retrenchments.  The retrenchment process is regulated under s189 of the Labour Relations Act and it is imperative that employers who are in this desperate position are au fait with legal requirements. These legal requirements can often prove daunting to employers, particularly those who have never implemented short-time, lay-offs or retrenchments before or who have not had to for some time.

SAEFA, in association with Gordon Angus and Associates is running a comprehensive training workshop dealing with the intricacies and legalities of implementing retrenchments on Wednesday, 9 October 2019.

8 August 2019

Section 185 of the Labour Relations Act gives all employees the right not to be unfairly dismissed.  Yet many employers still make fundamental mistakes when taking corrective action against their employees.  As an employer, there is nothing more frustrating than having to compensate or reinstate an employee who has broken your rules.  The key to successful workplace discipline starts with understanding the principles of progressive discipline and ensuring you know the procedural requirements to ensure fairness. 

SAEFA is running a one-day workshop to guide employers through the discipline provisions of the Labour Relations Act:

Date and Venue 

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Viewpoint Street, Boksburg.  

18 September 2019

Below please find a draft Government notice relating to the above which has been published for comment. You will note that the number of new proposed classes has been significantly reduced with new assessment rates for each. Most SAEFA companies will fall under Paragraph 3.12 of the schedule: Restructured Cluster L. 

Companies wishing to comment are requested to email these to me by no later than Monday 23 September 2019.

Draft Regulation on Employers Assesment Model

20 June 2019

SEIFSA have recently been advertising a training session about their wage agreement with the unions. In it they trumpet the phrase: “If not the Main Agreement - then what else?”.

They are charging over R3,000 for the session for non-members, bearing in mind that if one is not a SEIFSA member then their agreement doesn’t apply to you anyway. Further, the SEIFSA-NUMSA wage agreement reached in mid-2017 has not been extended to the rest of the industry, so it cannot be called a “Main Agreement” at all.  This is despite advertising on their website and via email circulars that the terms and conditions of employment contained in their Main Agreement Handbook are applicable to all employers and employees in the industry.

The SA Engineers and Founders Association (SAEFA) will be hosting sessions on why NOT to be a part of the SEIFSA “Main Agreement”. These sessions will be free of charge and open to anyone in the industry, including SEIFSA members. Sessions will be held on 28 June and 4 July 2019 at the Reading Country Club, 40 Fore Street, Alberton.

Urgent Industry News - Wages July 2019

Booking Form

 

27 August 2019

Business conditions in the sector continue to be abysmal for many companies.  Various economists are of the view that the effects of the global credit crisis have not even yet been fully felt.  This has, unfortunately, put many companies in a position where they now have to contemplate implementing retrenchments.  The retrenchment process is regulated under s189 of the Labour Relations Act and it is imperative that employers who are in this desperate position are au fait with legal requirements.

SAEFA is running a comprehensive training workshop dealing with the intricacies and legalities of implementing retrenchments on 18 September 2019.  For more information or to make a booking, please see the attached.

Retrenchment Workshop Flyer

27 May 2019

Don’t Risk Harsh Penalties for Non-Compliance with the Employment Equity Act

The 17th Commission for Employment Equity Report has led to the Department of Labour adopting a harsher stance on non-compliance with the Employment Equity Act for companies who do not meet the obligations of the Act. Recent proposed amendments to the Act envisage even more draconian sanctions for non-compliance.

The South African Engineers and Founders Association, in partnership with Gordon Angus and Associates, is presenting a one-day workshop on how to deal with your obligations under the Employment Equity Act.