The purpose of the EE Act is to achieve equity in the workplace by promoting equity opportunity and fair treatment in employment and implementing affirmative action measures to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups, in order to ensure equitable representation in all occupational categories and levels in the workplace.
The department says employers (companies, government departments, etc) are obliged to submit annually to the Department of Labour their employment equity reports in regard to demographic profiles, gender representation and EE plans on how to address discrimination and inequity in the workplace.
The Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) must submit an annual report to the labour minister on the state of equity in South Africa. The CEE advises the labour minister on matters relating to employment equity in the workplace.
This year’s submission of EE reports comes amid proposed amendments to the EE Act.