Smoothing way for job creation
Employment Services regulation soon to be published for public comment
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-