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Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act 55 of 1998)

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Justify the impact of the Act on the successful performance of business operations.

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This Act states that there must be no discrimination on the basis of race, age, gender, religion or disability in the workplace.
Affirmative Action is used as a mechanism to correct the imbalances of the past with respect to access to employment, training, promotion and equitable remuneration especially for blacks, women and the disabled.
Employers who employ 50 or more workers must develop specific affirmative action plans in consultation with the workers.
Business enterprises must submit employment equity plans every two years to the Department of Labour.
This Act also forces businesses to employ more people from disadvantaged groups and promote the same to managerial positions.
The employment equity plan of the business must be built into its recruitment and selection process.

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