Acts Online
GT Shield

Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No. 55 of 1998)

Code of Good Practice

Integration of Employment Equity into Human Resource Policies and Practices

3. Scope and Legal Principles


3.1 This Code is issued in terms of section 54 of the Employment Equity Act and must be read in conjunction with the Act and other Codes issued in terms of the Act1.


3.2 The Code should also be read in conjunction with the Constitution of South Africa and all relevant legislation, including the following:
3.2.1 the Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995 as amended;
3.2.2 the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 75 of 1997 as amended;
3.2.3 the Skills Development Act, 97 of 1998;
3.2.4 the Skills Development Levies Act, 9 of 1999; and
3.2.5 the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 4 of 2000.


3.3 This Code applies to all employers and employees covered by the Act.


3.4 This Code is intended to be a tool to aid employers to implement employment equity by providing principles that should be incorporated into employment equity plans and that guide policies and practices. This Code is also intended to provide guidelines to employers to consider and apply as appropriate to their circumstances.



1 Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases; Code of Good Practice on the Preparation, Implementation and Monitoring of Employment Equity Plans; Code of Good Practice on the Employment of People with Disabilities and Code of Good Practice on Key Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Employment.