The Employment Equity Act (EEA) doesn’t tell you how to form a committee. But we suggest you form your committee by:
• Nominating members;
• Democratic elections (per occupational level); and
• Voluntary nominations.
This committee can be made up of nominated or appointed employees. We’d recommend your committee is elected by democratic election. If your employees elect the people, they’re more likely to accept what the committee decides.
A democratically elected EE Committee will represent the employees who voted it into office.
Who should be on your EE Committee?
How the committee is made up is important. It should, ideally, represent all job levels, all designated groups, and also non-designated groups.
The occupational levels are:
• Top management;
• Senior management;
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• Professionally qualified and experienced specialists
• Skilled technical and academically qualified workers,
junior management, supervisors, foremen and
• Semi-skilled and discretionary decision-making; and
• Unskilled and defined decision-making.
Remember: If your company has got a representative trade union, you must either invite the union to nominate a representative to sit on the Employment Equity Committee or you must consult with the Union separately on all EE matters.
Decide what size you want your committee to be
Your committee should be between five and 12 people for it to be representative of your employees. This’ll also depend on the size of your organisation and its structure.
You must also determine how to represent sub-branches of your organisation, if any, on the committee.
Many larger or geographically dispersed companies have implemented a tiered approach to their EE Committee.
They have the primary EE Committee with a representative from each organisational level, each organisational branch or depot and then a secondary tier of depot, branch or regional committees.
Remember that if a committee member resigns or terminates their employment, a new member must be elected and undergo training on the Employment Equity Act.
Employment Equity Committee Training
All members of the Employment Equity Committee must receive training in Employment Equity.
BConsult specialise in Employment Equity Committee Training.