Code of good practice on disability in the workplace in South Africa
CODE OF GOOD PRACTICE ON KEY ASPECTS OF DISABILITY
IN THE WORKPLACE IN SOUTH AFRICA DRAFT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS
1.1. The Employment Equity Act, No. 55 of 1998 in South Africa protects people with disabilities against unfair discrimination and entitles them to affirmative action measures.
1.2. The Code is a guide for employers and employees on key aspects of promoting equal opportunities and fair treatment for people with disabilities as required by the Employment Equity Act (the Act).
1.3. The Code is intended to help employers and employees understand their rights and obligations, promote certainty and reduce disputes to ensure that people with disabilities can enjoy and exercise their rights at work.
The Code cover the following aspects:
i The definition of disability;
ii Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities;
iii Avoiding unfair discrimination and achieving employment equity during the employment cycle (from recruitment to termination);
iv Confidentiality and disclosure;
v Employment benefits; and
vi Employment equity planning.