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Minimum wage implementation looms

Companies and businesses that can’t pay for the endorsed R20 minimum wage will apply for exemption with the Department of Labour.

The online application will be up and running soon.

Department of Labour Deputy Director: Employment Standards Mathilda Bergmann told employers must consult with trade unions and workers and to provide all the information required by the system to get an exemption.

Addressing bosses on the exemption process in Pretoria on Tuesday, Bergmann said businesses will get a duplicate of the application, downloaded from the system and must display a copy at the working environment where employees can read it.

“Application for exemptions does not make provision for manual submissions. The process to must be accessed to by means of the NMW site which will keep running at the appropriate time,” said Bergamann

Bergmann said the system will require the businesses’ particulars which incorporate full name of manager; Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) reference, Compensation for Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) number; South Africa Revenue Service (SARS) number, Company Registration number, nature of business conducted, bargaining council, address and contact person names and contact details.

Assistant Director, Financial Liaison for the Department of Labour Max Tsotetsi said the decision process for the exclusion will be affected by the affordability analysis considering the evaluation of the components of the company’s probability, liquidity and solvency positions.

“Once the candidate has presented all the required information and necessary documents, the system will decide the granting or dismissal of exemption, or accept when the candidate has been subjected to review audit where one should complete the application in 30 days,” said Tsotetsi.

Tsotetsi advises managers that the Department has drafted Regulations to this effect and should to be ready for public comments in seven days.

The next briefing sessions are lineup for Cape Town on 22 March 2018 at River Club Hotel, Liesbeek Avenue, and Observatory Road to be followed by one on Friday (23 March) in George at Farm and Fellow Guest House, 233 Moerasrivier, and Geelhoutboom Road.

The briefing sessions will be held from 10:00 – 13:00

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