All companies should have an employment equity committee to address any issues relating to inequality in the workplace. This group should ideally be made up of human resource managers, supervisors and line managers. These are the individuals who deal the most with the employee sector of the business and who will need the tools to ensure workplace equity. These tools can be gained by doing an employment equity training course. It is a short course that can be done over a day or 2. Courses are held all over South Africa, so there really is no excuse not to get schooled on this very important topic. Such is its importance, that the government has labelled it as top priority.
The purpose of the employment equity training is to teach individuals within the equity committee of a business on how best to conform to changes made in the employment equity law. These courses should be attended by the committee every year to keep abreast with any changes in the law. It is quite okay if past employment equity training courses have been missed, as they do begin with an outline of the law in general. It is recommended to schedule to be a part of the training as soon as possible if this has not been adhered to in the past as the company can be liable to huge fine by not correctly complying with the law. This goes to as much as ten percent of an organizations turnover.
Employment equity training can be done as an in house programme or at a public base. It is most important that the organization chooses an accredited training provider to oversee the training to ensure the maximum benefits. Courses can be customized so that the specific needs of a business can be addressed. In these cases, it is then possible for the training to provide assistance in the company upholding employment equity laws.
The following are issues that are discussed at employment equity training. The outlining of the responsibilities of the organization’s employment equity committee. The correct hiring of individuals within a company and ensuring that targets are met with regards to diversity. The remuneration of these individuals will also be explored. A fundamental factor in employment equity training has got to be awareness of HIV and disabilities. The course will also highlight how to deal with individuals in the workplace in this situation and how to tackle any problems that might arise. Finally, we have what is probably the biggest draw for businesses to partake in the employment equity training programme. This would be to align the employment equity in a company to meet BEE requirements. If done correctly, employment equity can contribute a large share of points to the total tally of the BEE scorecard. This in itself is a good reason to go through with employment equity training, to ensure the business has all its ducks in a row and then gain the rewards that come with having a high B-BBEE score.