Department of Employment and Labour
The minimum assessment for the domestic sector has been set down.
The employment and labour department announced the minimum assessment in Government Gazette 44702 in terms of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act.
Section 83(1) of the act provides for the assessment of employers.
The revenue of the Compensation Fund consists mainly of annual assessments paid by registered employers on a basis of a percentage or fixed rate of the annual earnings of their employees.
The minimum assessment ensures that the assessment is not less than the administration costs.
The minimum assessment for the domestic sector is set at R381.
Meanwhile, in a statement on the recent Direction on vaccination in the workplace, the department pointed out that employers should find a “reasonable resolution that accommodates all parties where employees refuse to be vaccinated for medical and constitutional grounds”.
According to the department, the Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Certain Workplaces, published in Gazette 44700, requires an employer to include in its risk assessment whether it intends to make vaccinations compulsory.
Employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, declared that it is critical to “balance the needs and to take the dictates of collective bargaining and the need to keep employees healthy and businesses running. The Labour Relations Act emphasises the primacy of collective agreements. These guidelines are not intended as a substitute for collective agreements or agreed procedures between employers, their employer organisations and trade unions”.