Smooth­ing way for job cre­ation

Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices reg­u­la­tion soon to be pub­lished for public com­ment

Business Day - Business Law and Tax Review - - BUSINESS LAW & TAX REVIEW - KATLEGO LET­LONKANE & GAVIN STANS­FIELD

THE much an­tic­i­pated em­ploy­ment ser­vices reg­u­la­tions are soon to be pub­lished for public com­ment, as soon as they have been rat­i­fied, ac­cord­ing to Labour Min­is­ter Mil­dred Olifant.

The Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices Bill, af­ter the Labour Re­la­tions Amend­ment Bill, the Ba­sic Con­di­tions of Em­ploy­ment Amend­ment Bill and the Em­ploy­ment Eq­uity Amend­ment Bill, was the fourth piece of leg­is­la­tion sub­mit­ted by the Depart­ment of Labour and adopted by the Na­tional As­sem­bly dur­ing 2013.

The Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices Act aims to con­trib­ute to the gov­ern­ment’s ob­jec­tives of repo­si­tion­ing public em­ploy­ment ser­vices as a way to en­hance the cre­ation of se­cure and de­cent em­ploy­ment; pro­mote em­ploy­ment preser­va­tion and ul­ti­mately pro­vide a sus­tain­able liveli­hood to all work­ers.

The pur­pose of the em­ploy­ment ser­vices law is out­lined by the act as seek­ing to: (a) pro­mote em­ploy­ment; (b) im­prove ac­cess to the labour mar­ket for work seek­ers; (c) pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for new en­trants to the labour mar­ket to gain work ex­pe­ri­ence; (d) im­prove the em­ploy­ment prospects of work seek­ers, in par­tic­u­lar vul­ner­a­ble work seek­ers; (e) im­prove the em­ploy­ment and reem­ploy­ment prospects of em­ploy­ees fac­ing re­trench­ments; (f) fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing for work seek­ers, in par­tic­u­lar vul­ner­a­ble work seek­ers; (g) pro­mote em­ploy­ment, growth and work­place pro­duc­tiv­ity; and (h) fa­cil­i­tate the em­ploy-

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